Kaminey is a cult film without any doubt. After making movies like Maqbool (2004) and Omkara (2006) which were critically acclaimed but did not taste sweet box office success, Vishal is potentially looking at a real box office dynamo With Kaminey. Swine flu notwithstanding, consequent closure of theaters in Maharashtra in the opening weekend and other external factors taken into account, audience will watch the film and fall in love with this new bold look of Hindi movies.
Kaminey is an intelligent film throughout and assumes the same for the audience. There is no spoonfeeding of the kind, that you are used to in regular movies. So, you have to sit at the edge of your seat from the beginning. There are so many nuances and intricacies built in the plot and the characters, unless...you pay good attention from the moment the lights go dark, you may miss some of the fun. Vishal unravels the plot and reveals a different world in front of your eyes
Shahid has definitely moved to a different level with the film. After watching the film, you will not think of anyone else, who could have done a better job. Forever being considered too young to take over the mantle from the ruling Khan trio and other heroes in forties, Vishal may finally have announced his breaking into the big league and with such style! He has played the twin characters with such panache, that a mere birthmark or moustache or change in dressing style is not the only differentiators among the two brothers. He has given the two characters Guddu and Charlie distinctly different flavours.
Priyanka as the Marathi mugli, sister of a corrupt gangster cum politician Gope Bhau, played to the hilt by Amole Gupte who doesn't want her daughter to get married to a non-Marathi manoos. Hopefully, Priyanka will be able to move away from the nightmares of futuristic movies with this movie. She also proves what a good idea, good script and good director can do to an actor's role, no amount of styling ever can.
Of course, by now...you know the story. How the two brothers Guddu and Charlie live separate lives. Guddu wants to be honest, while Charlie tries to get rich quick. Their paths cross and they need each other to get out of the mess. In between all the action happens. Go and find more in the theaters. You can't tell a story like this. You have to see it yourself!
Vishal spent good time in developing characters which complement the lead actors. Apart from Amol Gupte, Chandan Roy Sanyal as the coke lover Mikhail, Tenzing Nima as the drug smuggler Tashi and Shiv Subramanyam as the corrupt cop are all unique characters and some of them could become as popular as Langda Tyagi in Omkara or other characters of yore.
Instead of being inspired by movies or scripts, it's refreshing to see Vishal getting inspired by directors like Quentin Tarantino and caper films genre and definitely his guru will not mind the reference. Indian audience is getting a taste of his films in local flavour. The movie is dark and the hand held camera shots are perfect for the style. Cinematographer Tassaduq Hussain does a splendid job.
Vishal does a great job with the music, too which is just apppropriate for the movie.
Dhan te Nan...fun begins now! Highly recommended for all kamineys in the kamina duniya! ;-)