Kaabil (Capable) is the story of two young blind people. Rohan (Hrithik Roshan) and Supriya (Yami Gautam) meet on a ‘blind’ date. They’ve been set up by a matchmaker who wants to get them married. They find true love.
What follows is Bollywood trying, very successfully, to show a mass audience that two disabled people can, and do, fall in love with each other and get married to each other, too. As a lifelong fan of Bollywood movies who has also been disabled since birth, I was very impressed by this strand of the storyline. In the past, Bollywood movies have mostly shown one disabled protagonist falling in love with a non-disabled person. The only exception I can think of to that is Margarita, With A Straw. (2014).
I always thought that the story of two disabled people falling in love with, and marrying, each other would be a very difficult one for Bollywood movie audiences to accept and enjoy. I always thought that the general public in South Asia, where Bollywood movies have their mass audience, would not accept the idea of disabled people having relationships and getting married, much less with each other.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that Kaabil had this covered, too. The second strand of the storyline sees a group of villains wondering how blind people can get married and have sex! They try to find out in the worst possible way, bringing great tragedy into the lives of Supriya and Rohan.
The entire second half of the movie shows Rohan’s successful quest for revenge against the villains for their actions against his beloved wife. So, yes, Kaabil does have more fighting than most Bollywood movies have shown in a long time. I have never been a fan of Bollywood’s fighting scenes, but this time, they were there for a very good reason, which was made clear to the audience.
The last time I saw a disabled character portrayed as a villain in a Bollywood movie was Krrish 3’s evil superhero Kaal. That character left me worried that non-disabled children would come away from that movie with a fear that all wheelchair users are evil.
However, I was pleased to see that it’s been made very clear that Kaabil‘s Rohan is not evil at all. He’s simply a man who felt a very deep, true love. He simply sets out to show the world that he is capable of proving his feelings for Supriya, and that he is worthy of her love for him.
As with most Bollywood movies, Kaabil has a beautiful soundtrack of slow love songs. They are worth watching on the big screen, even if nothing else about the movie interests you.
It is very difficult for me to say anything negative about Kaabil. I recommend it very highly to anyone who has an interest in Bollywood movies. However, the movie did raise one interesting question for me. It left me wondering how people write Braille! If anyone is able to answer that question, please do!