Laal Kaptaan Movie Review- A trip down the historic lane

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Laal Kaptaan is a Hindi language, war action drama movie, set in the 70s. The background is of North India, around the time when the East India company was making big advances in the country. The story revolves around a Naga Sadhu, who is set on a path of vengeance against a Pathan warlord, Rehmat Khan.

Critic’s Rating: 6.8/10 (imdb)

Laal Kaptaan Summary:

Director:Navdeep Singh
Producer:Sunil Lulla ; Anand L Rai
WriterDeepak Venkatesha; Navdeep Singh
ProductionColour Yellow Productions
Music:Samira Koppikar; Benedict Taylor; Naren Chandavarkar
Cinematography:Shanker Raman
Editor:Jabeen Merchant
Budget:Rs 150 crores
Release Date:18th October 2019
Box Office Collection:Yet to be collected

Laal Kaptaan Story:

Laal Kaptan is a historic war film, depicted in a modern way. The film is set in late 18th century Bundelkhand, post the boxer war. The movie introduces the main character- Naga Sadhu, Gosain who is seeking vengeance against Pathan warlord Rehmat Khan. He is seen on a killing spree in Bundelkhand, in order to access his arch-nemesis. He is accompanied by his loyal general, Begum, a child and a concubine who is widowed. As the film progresses, the viewer gets to understand the inner workings of the Sadhu, and his reason for vengeance is revealed.

Laal Kaptan Cast:

  • Saif Ali Khan as Gossain
  • Manav Vij as Rehmat Khan
  • Zoya Hussain
  • Deepak Dobriyal as Sancho Panza
  • Simone Singh as the Queen
  • Saurabh Sachdeva as a Royal army general
  • Sonakshi Sinha as Noor Bai

Laal Kaptaan Review:

Laal Kaptaan is a war movie- Yawn. History should just remain that- History. While the story might have been a drag (I will elaborate that), the redeeming quality of the film, and the one reason why someone would watch it, is the cinematography. Any historic movie has to have good cinematography to support it. The effect, though not very smooth, have been well edited, to give the feel of India in the late 80s.

The one reason why I found that the movie was dragged on beyond it’s time, was the slow pace and the rough transitions of scenes. It seems to be that Saif Ali Khan may have tried too hard to be in a movie with some credentials. While some of the characters’ strength could have turned the movie around, they didn’t have much of a role. The beam and Noor bai showed elements of feistiness, rarely encountered at the time this movie portrays.

The casting is a little dry. There was no chemistry between the characters, and it didn’t seem like a match. The other redeeming quality of the movie was it’s historical accuracy, interns of the backdrop. Displaying the Daku scene in the backdrop of old India is a plan of the geniuses.

The movie, if handled better, would have truly been a treat for the war movie fans. All in all, I would say it was a strong effort but lacked in substance.

Laal Kaptaan Budget:

Rs 150 crores were spent approximately in the production and advertising of the movie. The exact estimate is not known as of yet.

Laal Kaptaan Songs:

Kaal Kaal:

Red red najariya:


Lahu ka rang kara:

Laal Kaptaan Release Date:

Laal Kaptan released on 18th October 2019 in all Indian cinemas around you

Laal Kaptaan Poster:

Laal Kaptaan Photos:

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