Any movie that has some association with Anurag Kashyap does start with an additional baggage to deliver at the intellectual level and Shaitaan definitely does that.
Bejoy Nambiar has taken up a story which draws quite a few similarities to that of PAANCH. But is this PAANCH - Reloaded, well I dont think so. Where it is different from PAANCH is, it doesnt only follow the 5 youngsters, it also details the evils in police department, it talks about the candy floss existence of certain portion of the society and the way it has been made, these are things that makes you feel this is not a PAANCH Reloaded. So what it is? It is a slick thriller.
The movie is about 5 youngsters who get into a difficult situation in life and in their attempt to get out of this they further go deep. Shiv Pandit as Dash is amazing he is raw and makes a big impact in his multi-shaded character. Kalki has already made her presence felt in her previous movie, here she plays a complex character, almost like a girl interrupted and she comes out trump. The rest of the group formed by Neil, Kirti and Gulshan Devaiya. Gulshan Devaiya's character reminded of Kay Kay's Luke, though Kay Kay had done a much better job and that character had more depth and shades. Rajeev Khandelwal is the inspector who is set after these youngsters. He plays a matured role, though the character is not very multi-faceted, he leaves a mark with his screen presence. The first two scenes of his, has almost no dialogue for him but he definitely makes you sit up and listen with his actions. Rajit Kapoor, Nikhil Chinnapa, Pawan Malhotra and Rajkumar Yadav form the rest of the cast and do a decent job.
The winner in the film, however, is the crisp scripting, good direction and amazing camera work. I always believe that a thriller needs to shot brilliantly and thats what Madhies, the cameraman has done. Bejoy Nambiar has done a brilliant job in understanding the characters and then portraying them on the screen. Music has been used intelligently and you would like the songs as they are very situational. The dialogues are very well written.
The best part of the movie is, it stays with you after you leave the theatre.
1. Shomu's story: Rajat Barmecha does a cool cameo.
2. Introduction scene of all the 5 friends.
3. 'Khoya Khoya Chand' action scene: Complete paisa wasool scene...
4. The End of the movie... twists dont seem to be ending in this movie.
A definite watch from my side.