Review - Kaminey: run at good pace but swindle on details
Though Kaminey is directed in style it's still a typical gangster plot and is superficially written too. The focus on details of the shallow characters is sorely missing. Punch is forced into dialogue delivery to mask the lame lines. However, Shahid-Priyanka do well.
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The grainy texture, the stylish camerawork and finesse in the editing departments, do make it a different and enriching experience. Especially, if all you see is glitter and glamour of the Hindi film world. HOWEVER, this can't make-up for the lack of detail in the story and dialogue writing areas. And that's a huge let-down. Conclusion: I felt cheated by Kaminey.
Yes, most certainly there are a few plot points which make the audience think and work its way through the cause and effect. And that's brilliant because I love being treated as an intelligent audience. There was also an underlying, witty political commentary which was both funny and insightful.
But to counter them there are other plot points that have unexplained skips and jumps that can of course be explained by what I call Bolly-matic liberty. This also means that there is no 'twist' in the tale, everything goes as expected - as it has been happening over the last few decades. That's not acceptable in an action thriller. I wasn't able to give a discount to the fact that it has been done purposefully and offers appropriate tributes to Apna Desh and The Great Gambler.
Moreover, though the climax ties the ends alright, it does so forcefully. To use a friend's words, "the writer gave birth to a character, so he had to kill it."
Similarly, there are loads of characters that seem to exist just to increase the width of the plot, and add nothing to the depth. I liked the fact that they are all relatively small-timers in the crime-world. None of them was over-powering and each one was answerable to someone more powerful. The connections between them all worked too. But, each one had just one quirk to differentiate himself – some worked and some didn't. But they were all the same shade of black. Okay, except for the three main characters. I understand that one point the film was trying to make is that people in or related to the goon industry are all the same. Yet, finer details were missing. There wasn't anything that made you appreciate the writers' creativity.
Surely, this is one of Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra's best performances. Both of them are looking and performing better by the day. I have to confess, though I found Shahid extremely attractive, taking my eyes off Priyanka was an effort whenever she was on screen. She is charming and vulnerable, strong yet completely dependent on her lover's affection and support. The other cast were a bunch of caricatures that didn't make me care for them.
Despite all the negatives, the movie is a wholesome visual pleasure. We see a lot of handheld camerawork in non-Indian films and they usually tend to make me dizzy. I find myself complaining that the camera becomes the action choreographer in action thrillers abroad. Similar camerawork is used but I felt that the interval between cuts are just that beat longer to give me an orientation of who's hitting who, where and how. The establishing shots also add to the ambience.
A lot of my complaints could be because I don't want this in a Vishal Bharadwaj product. While walking out of the theater I wondered whether I'd be more accepting of any other lesser director. But, I remembered the first 30-45 minutes of the film, I was trying hard to like the film. It just wasn't working.
It's been a while since I've seen a high-profile, much-looked-forward-to, Hindi movie 3 days after its release. Much after most of the reviews are out. Though I read none of them, that the general reaction was highly positive was difficult to miss. Not to mention, the original anticipation associated with the film. I'm guilty of not being able to go in with a clean slate. But, despite giving the film benefit of doubt for my high expectations, the film lacked the steam needed for an action-packed thriller. Most glaring is the writing department, especially the dialogue and then character development. Those are the culprits which kept Kaminey from being a wholesome experience.
- meeta, a part of the audience
- Violence: Loads and loads
- Language: A lot of colloquial language used. A couple of innuendos, talk of AIDS, pre-marital sex and abortion.
- Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of love-making scenes. Not much skin show though.
- Concept: That of the filth in the underworld. About the scoundrels that this world is filled with.
- General Look and Feel: A dark hue is maintained through the film.
Kaminey - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Website Facebook Wikipedia IMDB
- Banner: UTV Motion Pictures
- Producer: Ronnie Screwwala
- Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
- Lead Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Amole Gupte
- Supporting Cast: Tenzing Nima, Rajatva Dutta, Deb Mukherjee, Chandan Roy Sanyal, Carlos Paca, Shiv Subrahamanyam, Hrishikesh Joshi
- Story: Supratik Sen, Abhishek Chaubey, Sabrina Dhawan, Vishal Bharadwaj
- Screenplay: Supratik Sen, Abhishek Chaubey, Sabrina Dhawan, Vishal Bharadwaj
- Dialogues: Vishal Bharadwaj
- Cinematography: Tassaduq Hussain, Tassaduq Hussain
- Editor: Meghana Manchanda Sen, Sreekar Prasad
- Background Score: Vishal Bharadwaj
- Action Choreography: Sham Kaushal, Shyam Kaushal
- Choreography: Ahmed Khan, Raju Sundaram, Raju Sundaram, Ahmed Khan
- Music Director: Vishal Bharadwaj
- Lyrics: Gulzar
- Costume Designer: Dolly Ahluwalia
- Art Direction: Punita Grover, Somnath Phakre
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 130 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime