Abhishek Bachchan is "teh hotness." This phrase roughly translates into English as "the hotness." If the value of Refugee was judged solely on the hotness of the lead actors (Suniel Shetty too!), then we'd have a decent movie here. And it is a decent movie, for the most part. But for all it's worth, I'm glad I rented it instead of buying it.
When East Pakistan became Bangladesh in the 1970s, Muslim families were displaced again following the partition of Pakistan and India. Unfortunately, East and West Pakistan had been seperated by more than a thousand miles of India, meaning that families had to sneak into and out of India in order to reach Pakistan. Refugee focuses on the plight of one such family for the first two hours, but then deteriorates into yet another nationalistic Bollywood film.
The eponymous Refugee (Abhishotness) makes his living smuggling people across the "rann" from India to Pakistan or vice versa. This rann is apparently a treacherous uninhabitable salt-marsh-desert; on one side Jackie Schroff patrols on camelback, while on the other Suniel Shetty does the same in a better-looking uniform. Refugee takes a liking to Naaz (Kareena Kapoor), whose family he helps into Pakistan. They fall in love, but there's a bit of a love triangle with Suniel Shetty's character (don't worry, Suniel... I'm always available). Of course, there are more than romantic complications, especially when Refugee unwittingly smuggles terrorists into India - terrorists who promptly recruit his brother and blow up trains.
But then the movie takes the principle of "suspension of disbelief" a little too far. I could buy it when Refugee was shot in the leg and recovered. I can't take it when he suddenly he turns into "super patriotic Indian," turning on the people he worked with before. It only goes downhill from there, with actors abandoning any previous characterization and choosing sides. It all culminates into a ridiculous climax, that shows that maybe Pakistan and India can be "good buddies" after all. "Good buddies..." huh. Somehow it still smacks of that "India good, Pakistan... er... not so good" sentiment it had so deftly avoided in the beginning.