Three months later, Kunal accidentally meets Raghu and invites him over to his place. The next night, when Raghu appears at Kunal’s doorstep with a bullet shot in his shoulder, Kunal impulsively decides to help him out. But as the night progresses, Kunal gets to know that Raghu might have been a savior for him, but is actually an assassin. Kunal is in a dilemma. When things get dangerous and Ishita is also dragged into it, Kunal is forced to make a decision — how far he will go to repay Raghu’s debt? Despite a hackneyed screenplay, which alternates between realistic and filmy situations, I’d like to single out director Sachin P. Karande’s execution of the material. It’s effective at places. A few chase sequences [action: Firoz N Boss] catch your attention. Background score is appropriate. There’s just one song in the film, ‘Jee Le’, which is foot-tapping. The cinematography [Parvez Pathan] is just right, but the constant moving of camera, even during close-ups, tends to get irritating. Munish Khan does reasonably well. Zakir Hussain is, as always, competent. Sara Khan doesn’t get any scope. In fact, the romance between Munish and Sara is missing in the story. Mukesh Tiwari is effective. Gulshan Grover leaves an impression. Hrishikesh Joshi is just perfect.
On the whole, PAYBACK could’ve been an interesting fare, but is let down by an inconsistent screenplay.