"The Anand Kumar story can take these stylistic flourishes because it goes beyond the usual underdog story. You may feel the Lallan Singh character is too much of a 'villain,' but at the end, a note tells us that the real-life Anand Kumar is still receiving death threats. Al.. moreso, the emotional temperature is higher because Anand is no outsider (like, say, the protagonist of Swades). He knows what these kids are like, how deep their dreams are, because he was one of them. He was thrown out of the BHU library where he wanted to read foreign mathematics journals. He couldn’t go to Cambridge because he couldn’t afford it, and later, he took to selling papad on the streets to make money. He meets Lallan when his bicycle is knocked off the road by the latter’s car, but instead of confronting Lallan, he begins to pick up the notes and coins that have spilled on the roadside. That comes first. The scene (and Hrithik’s unwavering concentration on the money) makes us feel Anand’s abject poverty that no lines of dialogue could."
"I grew up watching Bollywood films that told me there were no equal relationships for someone like me or that no interesting man – disabled or not – would chose to be with a disabled woman out of attraction and love. But a film like Kaabil makes me happy for the young d.. moreisabled teenagers who see themselves being accepted and celebrated in mainstream cinema. Never mind the fact that Rohan Bhatnagar kindled the teenaged celebrity crush on the actor for me."
A really heartfelt piece on Kaabil by Nidhi Goyal, who shares her perspective as a blind woman and a disability rights activist.