“THIF MONFOON… DIFCOVER PECULIARITY.”
This is a Vishal Bharadwaj world. And this time (after Makdee, Maqbool & Omkara) discover a new world within his world. “Kaminey” is a deliberately confusing, arresting, mesmerizing & hard hitting tale showcased with never shown technicalities in the galaxy of hindi filmdom. Vishal tagged this film as a “mass” product, but strangely “Kaminey” turns out to be a platter for the evolved cinematic connoisseur. One feels aggravated after taking a plung into this surreal world of ‘Kamineys’ as one realizes that this film would never be accepted by the Indian mass as a ‘content’. The hugely overlapping & oddities of the first one hour left every audience bedazzeled on their chairs wondering whats happening & what’s not. It was never the narration of the story (to be precise narration was purposefully broken) that hooked the masses; rather it was the performances & the outstanding frames of Tassaduq Hussain which successfully shot an arrow amidst the dumb “third eye” of the spectators. Vishal’s 4 pronged screenplay is not great at all. Neither the story nor the psychology of the film rises above average. Though there are deft touches in parts when a voyeur discovers Guddu’s “Chart of Life” or the treatment of the song “Kya Kare Zindagi…”. Perhaps the unit ultimately failed to get of what to do. “Kaminey” is broken, part broken & obfuscately broken to produce something entirely new. But it can be cynically said that Indian masses know nothing about the intricacies of true global filmdom. The neo-realist treatment in black & white where Charlie is shown running between horses wearing a side cover makes us remember Federico Fellini’s “8 1/2” where perhaps the maker disagrees to acknowledge the audience by any means. Hussian’s cinematography reminds us of great cameramen like Sven Nykvist, Oscar Rosander, Gianni di Vinanzo and Subrata Dutta & its eminent that the director shared a camaraderie with him. Somnath Parker’s Art Work and Meghna Manchanda Sen’s scissors have been worth a watch. Shyam kaushal’s action is aesthetic. Trying to be technically supreme, “Kaminey” often misuses technique a lot (especially the unnecessary confusions created through shivering frames in the 1st half).
The performances are truly world class. Shahid Kapoor is that underrated master who should genuinely be given an obeisance after this “2 act” Priyanka …is the worst amongst the best, but definitely gives his most clinical performance till date. Amole Gupta, Tenzing Lima, Chandan Roy Sanyal and Shiv Subramaniam are ‘Kamineys” blended to perfection. And yes! Rajatava Dutta! When he pounces into the frame with a gun its too late for anything amidst ceetes and taalis.
Watch “Kaminey” but surely expect the unexpected. Like a mixture of Kurosawa, Bresson, Bunuel and Fellini…all punched into an impressionst canvas, a “vacuum”.