Starring: Upendra, Kiccha Sudeep, Shiva Rajkumar, Shriya Saran, Murali Sharma, Posani Krishna Murali, Kota Srinivasa Rao, John Kokken, Sudha, Anoop Revanna, Kabir Singh Duhan, Dev Gill & Others
Director: R Chandru
Producers: R Chandru
Music Director: Ravi Basrur
Kabzaa, a period action film, follows the story of Arkeshwara (Upendra), an Indian Air Force officer from a family of freedom fighters. He falls in love with Madhumathi (Shriya Saran), a wealthy woman, but their plans for marriage are threatened by a group of ruthless gangsters and power-hungry politicians in Amarapura. In a turn of events, Arkeshwara becomes a powerful kingpin in the criminal underworld, and the movie explores how this change affects him and those around him.
The cinematography in Kabzaa is exceptional, capturing the essence of the bygone era. Upendra delivers a commendable performance, particularly in his action scenes. Kiccha Sudeepa and Shiva Rajkumar’s cameos are impactful, and the well-choreographed action sequences add to the film’s appeal. The interval sequence is decently executed.
Kabzaa draws too heavily from KGF, lacking originality and authenticity. From the story to the dialogues, Kabzaa feels like a near-replica of KGF, making it difficult for the film to stand out. The movie’s focus on being larger-than-life takes away from the storytelling and emotional depth. The second half of the film is tedious, with a lackluster love track and clumsy editing. A sequel to this movie is unnecessary.
Kabzaa is a disappointing film, failing to live up to the hype. Despite the impressive cinematography and commendable performances by Upendra, the predictable storyline, unengaging narrative, and lack of emotional depth make it a tiresome watch. The film lacks originality, and its similarities to KGF are hard to ignore. Overall, Kabzaa is a movie that can be comfortably skipped without missing out on much.