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Friday, August 14, 2009

Kaminey


With 'Kaminey', Vishal Bharadwaj has once again proved that he can deliver a movie that is stylish, intelligent, insane, entertaining, and stimulating, all at once!

Watching the movie last night at a nearby multiplex, I felt that I can count on Vishal Bharadwaj as one of my favorite directors who does exactly what he chooses to do, without compromising (well mostly so, if I can discount the happy ending)!

The basic plot itself is nothing unusual, but the quirky characters, the multiple layers, the ensemble cast, the fast-paced scenario that keeps one glued to the screen, the amazing soundtrack (tracks like Dhan-te-naan, Fataak, Pehli baar, Raat ke... and the background score, are true assets) and the action-packed visuals make 'Kaminey' a total package that one cannot choose to be indifferent to. One must sit up and take note of this brilliant product and acknowledge the sheer potential of its maker.

Even after having given us such wonderful films like 'Maqbool', 'Omkara', 'Makdee' and 'The Blue Umbrella', Vishal Bharadwaj, has not been able to cut ice with a wide section of viewers in country, 'Kaminey' has the promise to change that.

The story is of two brothers, identical twins, who live their own lives but their paths cross in a bizarre manner and it leads to some hard-core action, with a frenzied climax that centres around a drug-stashed guitar. There are gangsters galore, the police, the foreigners (from Angola), double-crossing & wheeling-dealings, and then there is beautiful Priyanka Chopra (in her best performance till date) as Sweety, a role that will not only get her noticed but also remembered for, even in an action-flick like this!

Long after the Bollywood classic 'Sholay', I experienced shivers down my spine yet again in a Hindi film sequence of vicious villainy thanks to the remarkable performance of Amol Gupte as Bhope, a Marathi gangster. The said sequence features Amol Gupte & Chandan Roy Sanyal (as Mikhail). I will not divulge the details here as I am sure many of my readers haven't seen the movie as yet. For the same reason, I am not giving away much of the plot details. The film and its sequences would surely be much talked about in the days to come. I would absolutely recommend 'Kaminey'; it is meant to be watched on the big screen, and make sure that the screening facility includes stereophonic sound, two of R. D. Burman's compositions have become character-like as they have been included in the rich tapestry of sight & sound. Last, but not the least, mention must be made of Shahid Kapoor who has essayed the dual roles of Guddu (who stammers) and Charlie (who lisps) brilliantly, he has tried to give his no-holds-barred best portrayal for both the characters, kudos for the effort.

8 comments:

arunima said...

this sounds really interesting..waiting eagerly to see it in the big screen...

Anirban Halder said...

Saw it at the 9 pm paid preview at Star Theatre. Don't have to say much. I completely agree with you. Special mention to Amole Gupte, also known (or lesser known) as the scriptwriter of 'Taare Zameen Par'. Shaheed and Chandan are wonderful.

Neeraj said...

Cool review. Albeit brisk. KAMINEY has set a new benchmark for commercial cinema. I loved the cinematography of Tassaduq Hussain the best; without the superlative camerawork, the film wouldn't be half as worthy as a gripping watch. The ensemble acting was terrific too, as you have rightly mentioned Amole, Chandan, Priyanka and Shahid. I would also like to make a mention of Rajatava Dutta, Deb Mukherjee, Shiv Subramaniyam & Tenzing Nima, all of whom contributed with their zany but menacing ways.

Sarferaz said...

Priyanka Chopra was very good in the film 'Fashion' and 'Dostana' too, but in 'Kaminey', she is really stunning - be it in the emotional scenes or in the frothy romantic moments or in those gutsy & dramatic sequences.
I did like the overall flavor of the film. However, I found the twin brothers patching up with each other towards the end somewhat unrealistic.

iman said...

hi buddy~

nice post indeed, nicer than the movie too! sorry to say but i didn't like the movie at all, may be i was unable to connect myself with the theme. despite of that the R.D Burman numbers for a short while and Priyanka's marathi-mulgi avataar was the only thing to remember for me after watching it. Shahid's adorable body and cute smile is a complete waste for the movie, atleast i felt so. i'm still looking for something like 'Makdee' or 'Omkara' from Vishal. Also Rekha Bharadwaj's voice was missing....

Satyaki said...

KAMINEY rocks! Be it the music, the cinematography, the editing, the lighting, the wacky screenplay or the powerhouse performances (sometimes over-the-top though) of the actors, KAMINEY has the stamp of the creative genius of Vishal Bharadwaj. He makes us sit up and watch; yet again after 'Maqbool, 'Makdee', 'Omkara' and 'The Blue Umbrella'.

snowhite said...

its an intelligent movie..strangely response is not upto the expectations. camera movements , music , background score , action , performance everyhting is so good....near to perfect...for the first time i felt priyanka chopra knows how to act...n shahid is superb...best performance of his career.

Imran said...

I wish Vishal Bharadwaj finishes the Shakespeare trilogy soon (the first two, 'Maqbool' and 'Omkara' having impressed me much) instead of making interesting but over-indulgent films like 'Kaminey' and the more recent 'Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola'.