story, screenplay, dialogue and music by Vishal Bharadwaj
cinematography by Tassaduq Hussain
It is a rather sad thing that ‘Kaminey’ is out already. Coz there’s nothing else left to look forward to in this year’s movie calendar, at least of the movies announced so far.
The thing about movies made by the directors of the ‘brainy kind’ (dictionary brainy and not the commercial movie brainy) like Kashyap, Bharadwaj, Mani Ratnam and the once upon a time RGV is that they are sooooooo Indian. The characters, the dialogue, the clothes are a few among many other such details. It is a terribly sad thing that most Indian directors don’t realise that movies based on Indian scenarios should seem like they are shot in India.
Coming back to Kaminey…though the movie seems like a déjà vu of some of the Indian classics, it still is very original in its own way. The characters will surely remind you of Varma’s ‘Satya’ and the past of the twins will jog your memory back to Kamal Hasan’s Abhay/Alavandhan.
A ‘fa ko fa bolne vaali’ muscle ripped Shahid (Charlie) and a stammering Shahid (Guddu) are the film’s out of focus focal points. Separated over an issue in their childhood both the twins try to make their fortunes at their own pace in their own ways.
Priyanka Chopra definetly at her best in this movie is only one of the characters of the bunch of unique and oddball characters the screenplay had beautifully handled. The first 20 minutes or so is just a series of character introductions without really telling us what’s going on?
Charlie who wants to be a race bookie ends up with a guitar case full of cocaine after a confused crossfire in the basement of a star hotel. Sweety’s brother (Bhau), who’s a ‘Jai Maharashtra sort of fanatic’ has an election fast approaching when Sweety rushes into a marriage with Guddu. Guddu being a guy of U.P. origin wouldn’t help Bhau’s election and this is the Guddu tangle of the plot.
And then there are the big heads of the mafia to whom the guitar case belongs and 2 cops who work for the mafia. All in all the movie clears the mist of confusion slowly and amusingly. Special mention can be given to the dialogue, cinematography and montage of the film.
Another wonderful feature of the film is the number of languages in the film. Other than the usual Hindi and English, you have Bengali, Marathi and also an African lang.
Rating – √√√√ – great fun
p.s. it is better you watch the movie from a seat which is at a comfortable distance from the screen so that the film’s shaky camera work goes easy on the eyes.