Kabzaa review: Chandru creates the much-needed magic for Sandalwood with all guns blazing for mass entertainment

Find no logic in this action drama that is made with the sole intention - entertainment, entertainment, and entertainment!

ByShashiprasad S M

Published:Mar 17, 2023

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For action drama lovers!

Kabzaa (Kannada)

  • Cast: Upendra, Shiva Rajkumar, Kiccha Sudeep, Shriya Saran, Murali Sharma, Nawab Shah, John Kokken, Ninasam Ashwath, Sudha, Taaha Shah, Anoop Revanna, Sandeep Malani, and Tanya Hope
  • Director: R Chandru
  • Producer: R Chandru
  • Music: Ravi Basrur
  • Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes

For any film industry to survive, it needs films like KGF, Pushpa, and Pathaan, which may not provide the logical experience but does the job of bringing back the audience to theatres, a vital aspect in present days.

Kabzaa, produced and directed by R Chandru, does the same by offering larger-than-life action drama with star performers in the lead.

The longest trailer

Like all the big mass masala action dramas, Kabzaa too comes with a little story. In fact, do not even bother to find a sensible story since it does have any!

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Actor Upendra in a still from ‘Kabzaa’. (Supplied)

In a nutshell, the movie is set in a fictional kingdom and is about a patriotic family that had fought against the British before Independence.

The film opens up to the brutality of local goons who have been creating a ruckus in the area post-independence.
Arakeshwara (Upendra), an air force officer in Independent India, returns to his place with little joy that soon ends after his elder brother is brutally killed.

In between, there is a love story that runs parallel between princess Madhumati (Shriya Saran) and Arakeshwara.

What follows for the next couple of hours is a pure action drama with hardly any logic attached to it.
In a way, Kabzaa is the longest trailer for its sequel — Kabzaa 2.

Real star power

Filmmaker Chandru leaves no stone unturned to make Kabzaa a visual treat with every minute technical detail ticked off.

Real Star Upendra shines in the film along with the sparkling of Abhinaya Chakravarthy Kiccha Sudeepa who plays the cameo of a senior police officer.

With making and star cast being taken care of, next comes the most essential part — background score — which Ravi Basrur of KGF fame handles brilliantly.

Shriya looks beautiful and so does Tanya Hope in the special number “Chumu Chumu Chali Chali”.

A long list of villains

Unlike the traditional set-up, mass ventures these days are heavily crowded with not one or two but multiple villains.

Kabzaa has so many that one may lose count of antagonists. They simply keep coming one after another. However, Arakeshwara kills them one by one in a jiffy!

Only magic and no logic

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Actor Sudeep in a still from ‘Kabzaa’. (Supplied)

Undoubtedly, the real man of Kabzaa is its filmmaker R Chandru.

He presents a magical experience for those who love action drama where their favourite stars, amply packed with punching dialogue, fight the on-screen baddies in slow motion.


In all, Kabzaa ends on a high note with the entry of Karunada Chakravarthy Shiva Rajkumar, as it announces the arrival of its sequel — Kabzaa 2.

Do watch this in theatres if you love mass entertainment but make sure to leave your logical thinking back at home before heading for the experience.

(Views expressed are personal.)