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Kaminey critic rating (Hindustan Times): 3.5
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Kaminey  (2009 - Hindi)

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  • Kaminey rating: 9 out of 10(Pravir wrote on 24 Aug 2009)

    Meethi Jaise Daane Hon Anaar Ke, Khatti Jaise Ye Anardana Hai

    It stands tall vis-à-vis contemporary cinema, it’s dark in nature and narration, and is handsomely executed. Be it TV series episodes, entertainment cinema for children, adaptation of western classics or presenting pure desi masala in videshi set-up, Vishal Bharadwaj delivers the best in class to cherish…

    Sanjay Kumar Sharma aka Guddu from Barabanki (Shahid) has defined milestones for his life and he has a roadmap for the same. He is in love with Sweety (Priyanka), marriage with whom is also in his to-do list, but in 2014, not now. Unfortunately, home science topper Sweety fails in her practical and gets pregnant with Guddu’s child. A baffled Guddu gives in to marry her, only after she reveals that she is the sister of Bhope Bhau (Amol Gupte) - the only true son of the soil of Maharashtra. (a) Bhope is outraged after knowing about Guddu; his political career is also at stake. Guddu has a twin but estranged brother Charlie, who lives on betting on horses and works for the Bengali gangster brothers Mujeeb’s (Deb Mukherjee and co.). Mikhail (Chandan Roy) is Charlie’s best friend and is always there for him. A jockey ditches Charlie one day. Charlie loses all his money earned over the years, loads of Mujeeb’s client money and the goodwill of their clients. (b) Charlie is out to find the culprit and get the whole money back. Tashi (Tenzing Neema) is an underworld don who has imported girlfriend. (c) He sends his men Lobo (Shiv Subramanyam) and Lele (Hrishikesh Joshi) – officers with anti-narcotics department, to get hold of multi-million drug consignment snatched away from his betrayers.

    (b) and (c) events happen in the same hotel and circumstantially, Charlie gets hold of the consignment only to get caught by Bhope Bhau, and Lobo/Lele detain Guddu. What follows is a series of confrontations, exchange offers, negotiations, betrayals and bloodshed…

    It’s difficult to judge Vishal’s skills as a narrator, a director and a musician. He comes out to be a true all-rounder and is one of the most accomplished crafts-man over the past two decades. The situations are complex and fast paced, and one has to be attentive towards the proceedings. Lines and phrases are short and meaningful. Disabilities of the brothers – stammering and lisping are handled deftly. The sequences - confrontation between Guddu and Sweety, bewilderment of Bhope, discussion between drunk Mikhail and Bhope, Lobo/Lele trying to get the facts from stammering Guddu, Tashi’s gift to his girlfriend are few of those many hilarious ones.

    Tassaduq Hussain’s camera is one of the prime characters of the film. It is used brilliantly. Crisp editing by Meghna Sen drives you to watch the proceedings with intent. Choreography (whatever little is there) is more of natural movements and fits the bill. Art direction is excellent, and especially the climax is shot well in a newly imaginative way).

    Performances: Whoever was proposed the double role before Shahid, we should thank him to have declined it, as Shahid delivers the dual responsibility with perfection. Priyanka does very well in her role. She spoke Marathi well but as soon as she turns to Hindi, the accent goes out of the window. Amol Gupte is excellent in his dialogue delivery, spontaneity and mannerism. Over the top Chandan Roy, and dangerous Tenzing Neema, Shiv Subramanyam and Hrishikesh Joshi do a great job. Good to see Deb Mukherjee after long as the crazy gangster.

    Music: Gulzar sahib pens his best for Vishal. He gives a new meaning to Ghalib in “Fatak”. Both recreate a decade old magic of “Dhan Tanain”. The two versions of “Pehli Baar” are superb. The title song and the theme composition are brilliant.

    This one should be a front runner in the race of official Indian entry to Oscars for the year. Now waiting eagerly for CHU2 SO4…

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