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Shaitan  (2011 - Hindi)

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Shaitan critics rating: 3.3 out of 5 3.3/5 (11 critics)

My Rating

  • ‘Paanch’-Revisited

    Shaitan rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 08 Jun 2011)

    In 1974 A small budget film got released with a name ‘Shaitan’ starring Anil Dhawan, Sharmila Tagore and Shatrughan Sinha. Later several films having this word in their names got released but most of them were ‘B’ grade flicks or crap horror films. Films like Pyaasa Shaitan, Insaan Aur Shaitan, Shaitan Mujrim, etc associated the name of devil with the horror genre. Decades later Anuraag Kashyap brings the Devil name back in his production, but this time associating the devil name with the human, exploring the devil within. Let’s find out what lays beneath this flick?

    “Shaitan” is story of six youngsters Amy {Kalki Koechlin}, Dash {Shiv Pandit}, KC {Gulshan Devaiya}, Zubin {Neil Bhoopalam} and Tany {Kirti Kulhari} who live a carefree life. One day an accident happens and all five get stuck in it. Their only getaway is bribing the investigating cop Malvankar {Raj Kumar Yadav}. In order to do this they hatch a plan, but things turn upside down and a suspended dare devil cop Arvind {Rajeev Khandelwal} starts trailing them. What happens next is all the movie about.

    Story had loads of shades and similarities to Anurag Kashyap’s Debut film ‘Paanch’ and Nana Patekar’s ‘Phasee Ka Phanda’. But it’s the treatment and the screenplay which keeps you glued to the screen throughout the film. There are some good scenes like the Amy’s Flashback, Holi Party, Girls at the Medical stores, Car Chase drama followed by Accident and it’s after effects, Malvankar’s deal with the gang, Gang planning for 25 lakhs, Shomu story, Media bytes, Gang at Bhojpuri cinema, Dahi Handi, Rajiv Catching Malvankar, Church scenes and more. On the flip side the whole Rajeev Khandelwal’s side track slows down the film and was totally unwanted. Also the fun element ends very soon, wish it had more.

    Camera work is of top notch and all the scenes shot are beautiful and brilliant. Locations are fine. Editing is crisp and tight, but bit more work should had been done over the Rajeev’s story.

    Music is nice and soothing. Josh is beautifully shot and has a good usage in the film. Nasha is wasted in background. Hawa Hawai and Khoya Khoya Chand remix were ok, but Khoya Khoya Chand was beautifully and aesthetically shot. Rest all songs were used in background.

    Bejoy Nambiar takes the old wine from his mentor Anurag Kashyap’s film Paanch which again was highly inspired by Nana Patekar’s Phasee Ka Phanda and has repackaged it with some technically brilliance out here. Still thanks to the screenplay and some good twist and turns in the second half makes the movie total interesting. He has tried to capture the inner devil within the human in good attempt, but could have done more as the expectation from the banner is always more.

    Rajeev did a superb work in Aamir, out here too he does a decent work, but not like his debut film. His weak characterization works against him. Kalki Koechlin, Shiv Pandit, Gulshan Devaiya, Neil Bhoopalam and Kirti Kulhari give us a impressive performance. All actors slip beautifully under the skin of their character. Raj Kumar Yadav, Nikhil are fine. Rajat Barmecha’s cameo was nice. Rajit kapoor and Pawan malhotra were ok.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum ?

    Dum hai, accha khaasa interesting dum hai, but I guess only for metro cine viewers. The movie might not connect to the non metro audience. Deducting the Rajeev Khandelwal’s side track and some minor issues, the movie is a slick thriller with some good performance. The makers did try to get the inner actor {from his lead actors} and inner director {from himself} – OUT in this film, which could be also termed as ‘Paanch’-Revisited.

    Ratings : 3.5/5

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