Ever since the Bahubali series ran riot at the ticket counters, there’s been a rapid explosion in that genre with a lot of film-makers rushing to milk the so-called cash cow. When the promos of Laal Kaptaan were out, there was a deja vu. However, you can trust Saif Ali Khan to break stereotypes and genres and that is probably the USP of the film.
Laal Kaptaan is set in the 18th century Bundelkand where a ruthless naga sadhu Gossain (Saif Ali Khan) is in a killing mode, except that there are rewards for these murders. So basically, he is a bounty hunter making a living. Whenever Gossain isn’t finishing off people, he spends his time with his ally Sancho Panza (Deepak Dobriyal) who has a unique dog-like ability to detect people by their smell, even from a distance.
While Gossain is primarily a compulsive hunter, he also has an agenda. His arch-rival Rehmat Khan (Manav Vij) is an assailant from a Pathan background. The year is 1764, soon after the Battle of Buxar and the East India Company has gradually spread its wings across India, steadily usurping kingdoms at will. There is a political undercurrent to the storyline and conflicts that are both loud as well as subtle. As the film moves further, Gossain’s motives are unveiled.