Kaminey : Movie Reviews
By Taran Adarsh, August 12, 2009 - 21:34 IST
Dhan Te Nan. Vishal Bhardwaj pays homage to cinema of yore and that's reason enough to go out and grab tickets for one of the most keenly anticipated films of our times.
A few monsoons ago, Farah Khan paid homage to the cinema of 1970s with OM SHANTI OM. Now Bhardwaj picks up characters that we have witnessed on the Hindi screen before, but executes it like Tarantino and Guy Ritchie do. He creates a film that's so different from movies we've witnessed thus far.
Let's say, KAMINEY is bold, stark, funny and unpredictable and that's what works in its favour. There're two more reasons: Shahid Kapoor and of course, 'Dhan Te Nan'. Okay, we've seen Shahid pitching in a sincere act in his earlier films, but KAMINEY should catapult him to superstardom. His double role in KAMINEY is exemplary.
There's another star in KAMINEY and that's 'Dhan Te Nan'. Your heart starts beating faster every time you hear this in the background or also when Shahid breaks into the song. The track is as big a craze as 'Jumma Chumma' [HUM], 'Ek Do Teen' [TEZAAB] and 'Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai' [KHAL-NAYAK] and will contribute enormously in attracting viewers in hordes.
aving said that, I wish to add that KAMINEY is not the usual masala film. Sure, it's a well-made film, but there's no spoon feeding here. One has to be attentive, very attentive to grasp the goings-on and also the twists in the tale. It's not one of those lock-your-brains-at-home types, for sure. And that might not be too appealing a thought for those who swear by candyfloss or meaningless ha-ha-thons.
To cut it short, KAMINEY is a film with an attitude. Like it or leave it, but you'd never be able to ignore it. Word from the wise: Go for this hatke experience!
KAMINEY is about a pair of twin brothers, Charlie and Guddu [Shahid Kapoor]. Charlie lisps, while Guddu stammers. They are as different as chalk and cheese. And they can't stand the sight of each other. Till one fateful rainy night, their lives cross.
Charlie gets mixed up in a deathly get-rich-quick scheme, while Guddu realizes that the love of his life, Sweety [Priyanka Chopra], has unwittingly put a price on his head. The brothers are sucked into a world of drugs, guns and money. Their lives collide head on with the lives of gangsters, rebel soldiers, rogue politicians and crooked cops.
The brothers have to run to protect themselves, their dreams, their love. And most importantly, realize that all they have is each other.
It takes time to get used to the world Vishal Bhardwaj wants us to enter. The characters, the relationships, the lingo, the tone and the setting... frankly, you don't take to KAMINEY instantly. But twenty minutes into the film and things start falling in place. From thereon, you're drawn into a different world completely.
The interval point raises the bar and also the expectations. The story takes a dramatic turn at this juncture, but minutes before that, 'Dhan Te Nan' makes the proceedings exhilarating and stimulating.
Right from the sequence after the interval to the finale, Vishal Bhardwaj peels off layer after layer, which erupts like a volcano towards the end. The end is long drawn and with so many characters in the film, it only takes time to give a culmination to each of those characters. And that gets tedious. The violent end might not find universal acceptance. Vishal Bhardwaj proves that he's a master storyteller. KAMINEY is a damn difficult film to conceptualize and execute and Vishal does it with gusto. Besides the soundtrack ['Dhan Te Nan'], the effectual background score only enhances the impact. The dialogues, also penned by Vishal, are super. At places, clapworthy. Tassaduq Hussain's cinematography is top notch.
Shahid takes a really big leap with KAMINEY. Note how he handles the two characters, Guddu and Charlie, brilliantly. This film is a step to superstardom and also which will open new doors and vistas for him as an actor. Priyanka is first-rate. She's so much in sync with her character. Also, she gets the Maharashtrian accent perfect. Amole Gupte is outstanding. An incredible actor! Tenzing Nima and Chandan Roy Sanyal leave a solid impression. Shiv Subrahmanyam and Hrishikesh Joshi are perfect.
On the whole, KAMINEY lives up to the hype associated with it. The film has three stars - Vishal Bhardwaj [a name that's immensely respected by moviegoers], Shahid Kapoor and 'Dhan Te Nan' - and this combo as also the crooked characters and a genuinely hatke subject should guarantee ample footfalls in cineplexes even after its initial weekend. The weekend business should be huge due to the holidays all through the weekend: Friday [Janmashtami], Saturday [Independence Day] and Sunday. Of course, the business is bound to be affected in parts of Mumbai territory due to Swine Flu, but the film should take off in a big way when theatres re-open.
Rating: 4 / 5 by IndiaFM
Re: Kaminey : Movie Reviews
It's the film all of us have been waiting for. Almost everyone I know has already decided that they would love Kaminey – without even seeing the film. Yet one must rate a film for what it is, without being bogged down by slick, promos and the director's past record.
Vishal Bhardwaj’s Kaminey is a one-of-a-kind experience. All those expecting a dark, action-packed entertainer, be warned. This is grittier stuff. Kaminey is the director's tribute Guy Ritchie, Taratino, Coen Brothers and the entire cult of pulp flicks.
So you've got a film full of crazy gangsters, black humour, intervening sub plots, accidental murders…all leading to a lot of confusion and mayhem. If Burn after Reading was about a gym bag, Kaminey is about a guitar and some pouches of cocaine. Somewhere down the line, Vishal cleverly merges the age-old, double role theme into this chase. The narrative takes its own sweet time to unravel - only to pick up tremendously after the first 30 minutes.
What makes this film special is the writing and detailing. The movie is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual crime thriller with gangsters from every region of India. The director gets all the mannerisms and accents right. And this diversity is what livens up many of the intense conflicts. Vishal's choice of authentic locations further enhances the scenes. Even the graffiti outside the toilets looks completely real.
Like Omkara, Kaminey also works as an ensemble. But it's leading man Shahid Kapoor's moment of glory. The lisping Charlie (Shahid) and stammering Guddu (Shahid) come across as completely different people. Shahid who has been a self-confessed SRK fan will do his idol proud. Charlie has the aggression of Baazigar while Guddu has the innocence of Yes Boss. Shahid also displays nuances of his father's acting. Especially as Charlie, whose intense voice echoes of Pankaj Kapoor's Abbaji. Kapoor should get ready to lap up all the Best Actor awards.
Priyanka Chopra has an interesting role. And she does very well as the simple Maharashtrian girl with wild sexual fantasies. Be it her seductive expressions or angry outbursts, Chopra is a treat to watch. But unfortunately her character is sidelined in the second half. Kaminey also marks a smashing, acting debut for Amol Gupte. Gifted with a menacing screen presence, the creative director of Taare Zameen Par brings back memories of a young Nana Patekar. Amol delivers a standout performance.
Kaminey’s soundtrack is already a chartbuster. But the songs could have been placed better. Vishal’s genius musical sense is actually at full display in his background music. His use of classic Bollywood numbers during the violent fights is simply rocking.
But Kaminey has its downers. Firstly the film is too long. A plot of this genre is never story driven. And it’s always the characters and their confusion that keep you engaged. But there is only this much of confusion that you can take. Also, the the proceedings get a bit too heavy on the senses – especially the lengthy, explosive climax.
Vishal Bhardwaj deserves full credit for making a film that has no parallel in Bollywood. There have been attempts to make smart, crime thrillers in the past - But Kaminey achieves a balance between packaging and experimentation.
Verdict: Kaminey is a film that expects you to be attentive. Even though you might need a breather once the lights come on, it certainly is unlike anything that's come out in a long, long time.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Re: Kaminey : Movie Reviews
Vishal Bhardwaj has lined himself up for some serious awards this coming year. Also, with KAMINEY, he has given Shahid Kapur his best role till date. I dare say it will be a long time, if ever, before Shahid gets to display himself as a complete actor again. There's magic in the film, which hooks you from the beginning. The editing is razor sharp, the drama is top class, the performances super duper and the background score 'with it'. As for the screenplay, one word: unbelievable. Dhan te nan is already the anthem of the film.
In short, KAMINEY is your typical Bollywood masala film, but with keeping the audience intelligence in mind. What Bhardwaj has smartly done is use the formula of the films of old and dress it up in his own inimitable way. Even when the end unwraps itself, although you might have seen it a zillion times before, it has a standing of its own. You cannot help but applaud when the film ends.
The movie is about Guddu and Charlie (Shahid Kapur in a double role), both brothers who have not met in many years. While Guddu is the quiet, shy type, Charlie is the rough, tough guy who moves where there is trouble. When trouble strikes, both brothers land in the wrong hands. The sober guy with the drug mafia and Charlie with Bhope Bhau for meddling with his sister. From there on, the movie gallops to a deafening pace, keeping the audience on the edge of their seats.
There's action, emotion, drama, suspense, political aspirations, drug cartel all linked with the judwa bhai tale. Even when there is a flashback, it's not to bore, but to add value. Each scene is a treat. As one scene leads to another, Bhardwaj shows his finesse in story telling. No spoon-feeding the audience. There are some conclusions you have to draw, and almost all scenes are gems. One that stands out is when Bhope Bhau guns down Mikhail in Charlie's house. The mock gunplay before the lethal bullet explodes is chilling. Or the scene when Charlie, after seeing the body of his friend Mikhail, brought by his bookie brothers, empties the guitar case full of cocaine in the fire, or even the scene when the twin brothers Guddu and Charlie fight for the 'loot'. The one where Guddu confronts Sweety on the way to their honeymoon is poignant, the full impact of which hits you in the end. Or for that matter, the scene where Sweety discloses her real identity to Guddu.
Shahid Kapur in a double role has done justice to both the characters. The simple lad Guddu who works for an NGO, as well as a rookie bookie who plans to hit the jackpot. Both contrasting roles, which gives him enough room to showcase his lean and mean side as well as the soft, gooey side.
Priyanka Chopra as Sweety Bhope the kid sister of a goon with politician aspirations surprises with her maturity and body language. She is in complete sync with what Bhardwaj wants. Amol Gupte as Sunil Shekhar Bhope a local goon with aspirations for a ticket to parliament is top class. His costume, lingo and cronies are spot on. Ditto his love for Mumbai and hate for North Indians!
Shiv Subrahmanyam (Lobo) and Hrishikesh Joshi (Lele), corrupt officials from the narcotics cell and Chandan Roy Sanyal (Mikhail), brother of the bookies and Charlie's best friend all shine in their respective roles.
If it is not going over the top, KAMINEY can be bracketed as the SHOLAY of our times, Sweety Bhope is the Basanti while Shahid's Guddu and Charlie as Jai and Veeru.
Statutory warning: If you watch it once, you will want to watch it again!
Rating - 4.5 / 5
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