"Company" is in many ways a gangster film that pays tribute to the iconography of well-known gangster films from around the wirld."Company" seems to combine Francis Ford Coppola's panaromic sweep. The first admission of a play with style is made right at the beginning of the film when Urmila Matondkar, dressed like a "femme fatale", performs an MTV-like dance number with a group of men dressed in black trench coats and hats. Urmila has no other role in the film. The play and performance of style follow a brief introduction to the culture of profit and success that drives the gang, rendered ro the audience in a stylized , impressionistic montage with Malick's voice on the audio track. This cuts immediately to Urmila and the male dancers who directly adress the spectators as the screen is bathed in expressionist lightning against a red back-drop.
The use of the wide-angle lense throught the film is consistent with thr choreographic style mounted in the film. Space is explored via a camera perspective that defies the acceptable framing of the ordinary lens. Expanding the frame on the sides, distoring perspective, and creative imagery horizons, the camera adopts the role of a protagonist whose vision is playful and angular. Through this angular vision, we enter a range of urban spaces where distortion is spectacularised to evoke dead, decay and the pleasurable engagement with commodity aesthetics.
The actors in the film deploy the chracterstic gestures of well-known cinematic gangsters. They take on a hyperferfomative mode to express themselves The attempted assassination on Chandu, staged in Kenya, is a sequence to reckon with. In this film, all the codes of the genre are explained. Chandu evokes the world of Bruce Willis in " Die Hard"
If postmodernism or post-modern culture is defined as the pursuit of pure form, where style and performances mimic other represantation, where the sense of original is not easily retrievable, where representation is self-conscious and the desire is to highlight the form of duplicity, then "Company displays the chracterstics codes of a post-modern text while at the same time " Company" displays the characterstic codes of a post-modern text while at the same while at the same time, traversing the same sense of Mumbai's alleys and darker sides.