Phantom begins with a car chase in Chicago, which ends with a man plunging into the icy waters of a river. The protagonist (Saif Ali Khan) is convicted for murder and jailed. Cut to the office of the Indian R.A.W. chief (Sabyasachi Chakrabarty), where he and his trusted men (Rajesh Tailang, Mohammad Zeeshan Ayyub, etc) plan a daring covert operation. Daniyal Khan, a dead-end ex-soldier with a completely deadened sense of life and death is pulled out of oblivion and pressed into service by the spy agency to wreak vengeance on the men who planned the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The R.A.W. chief who orders the killings does not have the permission of the home minister and hence he has to keep everything under wraps. The reclusive Daniyal fits his plan like a glove. his wishful construct, derived from S Hussain Zaidi’s book Mumbai Avengers, is pretty flat and predictable, especially in the first half as the angry male protagonist, sacked from the army on charges of desertion, grabs the opportunity to redeem himself.
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