Not even that whacko emetic Priyanka Chopra can mar the charm of Kaminey.
Folks, simply put Kaminey is a lovely film.
So good you’d be forgiven for mistaking it for a slick Hollywood crime flick.
Kaminey is that exceptional Bollywood thriller where the story, acting (the sole exception being that turd-pile Priyanka), music and photography all come together in a fine symphony.
Even the actors inÂ itsy bitsy roles seem to have rolled up their sleeves and given their utmost. Sweet!
More than anything else, we were swept away by Shahid Kapoor. If Priyanka activated our puking glands, Shahid evoked a frison of delight.
The young lad’s previous film Kismat Konnection was a sick joke and we were apprehensive whether we would be squandering more money.
Thankfully, in Kaminey Shahid Kapoor has amply redeemed himself with a glittering performance in both roles.
Just in case, you are one of the few dumb desis unaware of the Kaminey story, Shahid plays twins Guddu and Charlie.
One with a lisp and the other with a stutter. One who walks the straightforward path and the other who takes shortcuts, shorter the better. One on the right side of the law and the other on the wrong side. One who has a tender-side and the other a mean, destructive side.
A study in contrasts, eh?
Yeah, that’s what Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey turns out to be ultimately. A brilliant 2 hr 10-min study in contrasts woven within the tight framework of a crime thriller.
There are some side-stories but it’s a testament to director Vishal Bhardwaj’s talent that he knots them all together deftly with nary a loose thread or a boring moment.
A pair of corrupt cops, African diamond smugglers, Afghani drug lords, a troika of small-time hoodlums, a Maharashtrian son-of-the-soil politician, and how all of their paths collide with Guddu and Charlie.
With his first-rate performance in Kaminey, Shahid leaves all those sick f**ks and media/PR creations like Aamir Khan (Ghajini is theft), Akshay Kumar (Heyy Baby is theft), Salman Khan (God Tussi Great Ho and Yuvvraj are theft) in the shade.
Expect to see plenty of blood and gore in Kaminey.
Schmucks, what did yall expect. This is a crime thriller, for crying out loud.
To waste any space on Priyanka Chopra who plays the love interest of one of the Shahids would be to waste bandwidth, electricity et al. So, let’s go green and ignore that abomination, who failed to distinguish herself in any way. As usual, of course.
When she pleads with one of the Shahids to give her some poison, we cheered for the guy to give her a large vial,Â pronto. Alas, that dolt on the screen didn’t listen to us. 🙁
Gripping Music, Visually Pleasing
Dhan Te Nan is not merely the latest cocaine fix of desis everywhere but it’s been picturized very well in the movie (we’re listening to it on our iPhone) to our immense delight.
No patch on Dhan Te Nan, which is also the theme song for the movie, the other songs are completely overshadowed.
Despite movies being a visual medium, Indian movies are seldom visually appealing. Again, Kaminey stands out. Filmed a lot in low light, semi-dark conditions, Kaminey is a joy to behold.
Kaminey is that rare Bollywood movie you can point to (without feeling ashamed) and tell even foreigners to go watch it.
Who’d have thought our Bollywood Kamineys would delight us with a fast-paced thriller that’d send our pulses racing for the better part of two hours.
SearchIndia.com unequivocally recommends Kaminey (no, Shahid Kapoor is not our nephew nor is Vishal Bharadwaj our uncle).