Often it happens that when a movie belongs to some cult filmmaker gathers a lot of hype doesn’t stand up to higher expectations. For me, it happened this year with ‘Delhi 6’ and ‘Dev D’. The aestheticism of every good film is divided between form and content. Both of the above mentioned films were classic in their style and presentation (form) but not in substance (content). ‘Kaminey’ is not exceptional in this. Let me tell you very frankly that after reading all the praise for the film from so called film critics and after watching the whole film today, I would like to conclude my mixed feelings for it.
If we look at the CV of Director Vishal Bhardwaj quite closely, we notice that his almost all films till day are exceptional, whether its Indian version of dark Shakespearean tragedies (Maqbool, Omkaara) or innocent and touching children films (Makdee, The Blue Umbrella) he always brings his signature style and substance. It does reflect here too- dark characters, seedy and realistic(deglamorised) look, raw emotions etc. In his earlier films his presentation never overlaps the plot/script and theme and that’s what lacking quite terribly in ‘Kaminey’. The balance is missing somewhere.
There are many praiseworthy things about the film too. The plot is quite tangled and has lot of unpredictable situations so I don’t want to ruin it because I am damn sure all of you will surely gonna watch it. Along with Shahid in his double roles and Priyanka in deglamorised role, he explores so many new actors and almost all of these characters are really worth noticeable. The most striking thing of the film is its situational dark humor and colloquial mixture of Bengali- Marathi speaking characters. Shahid has performed far better than my expectations- especially in his ‘Charlie’ avatar. He will surely get some good offers from industry after this. Priyanka is just average. Amol Gupte as Bhope Bhau and Chandan Roy Sanyal as Mikhail are really noticeable. The cinematography is innovative especially the climax shootout scenes shot so creatively.
‘Dhan Ten Nan’ rocks but not as I expected.