Blood Money - Notepad

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

A strong middle hour sandwiched between twenty minutes of silliness at the beginning and an absurd last half hour, make Blood Money hanging between engaging and ridiculous. A clear indication that the writers didn't quite believe that they had it in them to give Blood Money a fair chance.

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Plot Summary

Ambitious and honest, Kunal Kadam (Kunal Khemu) moves to South Africa to a work with a diamond company. Except that the diamond company might be dealing with more than just diamonds, the type of business that once one enters is fatal to get out of.

What Worked

  • The way Arzoo, Kunal's wife (Amrita Puri) reacts to the huge bungalow.
  • The idea to use the Hansel-Gretel (right up to the cherry on the ceiling) analogy in the said situation.
  • The reasons why Kunal could crack the business deal with the Shahs. Not just the superstitions part, but the part that they weren't looking at selling the diamond they bought.
  • The restaurant scene just before the interval except for Manish Chaudhary's acting, but is made up for by Kunal Khemu's performance.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Zakaria's Mumbaiyya-tapori language when he gets into "killer" mode.
  • What kind of office administration takes a new employee directly from an international flight to the office, spouse in tow!
  • The inspector choosing to advise Kunal at first meeting.
  • The cute, fun couple things that the Kadams do. Candy-floss fight instead of pillow fight?! Really?
  • The way Amrita Puri narrates the Hansel-Gretel story. Would put anyone off!
  • The number 'four thousand fifty-eight hundred' is used somewhere. How much is that supposed to be? 9800 or 4058 hundreds? If the latter, it was too much in that context! This one distracted me for quite a while.
  • How can decrease in value of product that you are going to sell be a smart accounting move? Wouldn't it mean higher taxes than actually due. Also, why bring the illegal diamonds into the white books at all when they can all be dealt with in the black market? I guess the point is not in the details but in us as an audience knowing that there is some major dishonesty going on at this company.
  • Kunal Khemu's monologue explaining his position just around the interval.