''Kameeni film-making... at its best!''
The ultimate tribute to Noir Caper thriller is finally here! Its kind of a full circle for Vishal Bharadwaj who after paying his homage to Shakespeare and Ruskin Bond comes back to an original story - set in a darker tone like Omkara and Maqbool, yet very different from them.
Now the Question arrives - Is this worth enough the hype ?? Does it work ?? Yes it does - Big time!
Kaminey is a tale set in 2 days in the dark underbelly of Mumbai. And how well it realises its task! The narrative is super-pacey and doesn’t gives any respite to the audience who are on the edge of their seats all the while.
Thrilling background score, Fascinating camerawork, and the zany zany writing! All what you need for an ultimate film-watching experience – Its all there. The writers deserve a special mention for the characters, moments and the black humour they create. And its quite a sight to see Bharadwaj entertain the audience as well as himself with the imagery he forms while staying faithful to the story.
And all this is done while making us invest ourselves in the characters emotionally as well, though certainly not in the typical bollywood-ish melodramatic way. Its subtle, but its there.
One may feel the pace slag a little in the pre-climax. also, The goings-on may be a tad too quick for a layman who wants to relax and enjoy rather than running his mind to keep up with the narrative. But once we settle down with the pace, Its great fun throughout!
The climax too may be a let down and unexpected for some who loved the entertaining first half, but its perhaps the best the story could have done justice to with.
Shahid Kapur may just as well silence all his critics (if still there are any) with this. The way he handles two contrasting characters – its just too good. Priyanka Chopra is refreshingly natural and makes an impression, though not flawless in a role that is quite short at first place.
Everyone among the others makes an impact. Special mention to Amol Gupte who shines among the rest, thanks to his zany characterisation. Same can be said about the guy who played Shahid’s friend. He was fabulous!
Very few film-makers can actually combine Art and entertainment effectively enough. Kaminey releases this Friday to reassure just that, with Bharadwaj proudly marching ahead with his testimony. And this shall be the best balance He’s struck as yet, for it is the kind of film which can make all his peers jealous of the craftsmanship on display He has.
Rating – 4.25