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Thread: Kaminey Review
- 08-23-2009, 01:30 AM #1Ami Notun
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confounding and confused tale of identical twins
Vishal is a significantly eminent and talented creator having tapped the best othello as omkara from one of the richest shakespearean melodramas in an indian milieu,and Maqbool was not mitigated either by it's ISLAMIC INTERPRETATION OF MACBETH .
He has an eye for detail in repetitive stereotypes which make him unique amongst his peers but his latest is a rather competent venture but lacks that vision which propels drama into a powerful moment where art and reality fuse to a heady mix of genuine emotion and that is possibly the flawed plot which is hackneyed and an execution where the rather sublime cinematography unhinges the flaws of the crime drama in the oft repeated bombay underworld .
RGV has done this with more stark conviction in the masterly Satya and then D again ,and vishal has endeavoured to add a light humoresque touch to the dark drama but his vision is hampered by his own dialogues and abrupt sequences with an overcrowded busy script where an army of scoundrels chases a booty oF cocaine STASHED in a guitar .
The musical consequences of the instrument are rather paled by the overwrought and often redundant violence with a rather lackadaisical Shahid kapoor who plays identical twin brothers who are haunted by the ghost of a past trauma from their childhood and are aggravated enough to avoid each other for most of the script which makes the characters rather queasy and this is what lessens the affect and makes the drama diminish in intensity .
One of them is involved romantically and sexually with the sister of a mumbai underworld boss played by a plain looking Priyanka chopra who is impregnated by him accidentally and the two lovers decide to elope and marry to avoid the wrath of the tyrant brother but the script is thrown into a chaos when that fails to occur and everybody starts to chase everyone else by foot and by mumbai local trains and taxicabs in a frustrating manner.
Mister vishal tries vainly to inject this regularly with subtle humour which to me was inept and the musical interludes look ludicrous at times ,in fact it is the timing of the dialogue delivery which taints the stylishly rich visuals with subdued colours and realistic settings .
Kapoor has an author backed character with a double role but is solely adequate while no one in the supporting cast is able to shine like in the marvel of omkara where each and every character was defined and creatively nurtured .
Despite some satisfactory moments the movie propels to an anti-climax and at times is limp and lacklustre with the stereotype flashback shown to define the twin's character .
If emotion has to be dramatic it has to be eclectic and spontaneous while here it is orchestrated and thus it makes you reflect as to why he assimilates the movie to dozens of thrillers made before with visuals of derby stallions racing with kapoor in a surreal sequence on and off which is rather interesting but also incompetently placed with a bare torso,long haired , leading man performing an olympian marathon .
It is metaphors and symbols like these which aggravate and further damage the tale of identical twins in mode of ram aur shyam or thompson and thompson .
The chauvinistic language and the insensitive male characters are cliched and the lack of any strong female character makes this a rather disappointing experience which can be seen once but i will be very hesitant to repeat that experience .
The action sequences also lack conviction and the bare-knuckle fist fight between the twins is confounding as is the long drawn out climax with a chaotic and confused shootout with cops and gangsters with automatic weaponery as if this was a war between india and pakistan ratherthan in slums of mumbai or new bombay as mr.vishal prefers to chastise mumbai in his own script written by his eminent self .
It is above average but lacks that one moment where cinema treads from popular entertainment to artistic merit and both OMKARA and maqbool were saturated by those immensely rich and passionately spontaneous pageants in their rich baroque visuals .
mister vishal needs to adapt his source material with conviction and the uniquev vision he demonstrated earlier and this for me was rather a disappointing hullabaloo with tasteful settings and some stylish visuals but meagre emotional impact to satisfy my subconscious and i feel rather morose to make that statement about a genuine talent like vishal bharadwaj .
I hope he can complete a trilogy on the Shakespearean themes with an indian setting with a more competent cast ,as here shahid kapoor who i admire as a natural talent has been miscast as a minor gangster both as a derby fixing thug and as a cocaine dealer .
As for the movie itself it might be better than the rest of the present lot but it is not significant in anyway particularly when compared to past bollywood mumbai underworld crime thrillers .
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