The directorial debut of writer Akshat Verma – who rose to fame after Delhi Belly, Kaalakaandi has three parallel tracks that show us the different worlds that reside in Mumbai.
The movie begins with Saif Ali Khan a ‘Sober’ guy who has never done anything bad in his life, not even eaten butter, who has just found out he is suffering from cancer and has just three months to live.
His doctor has a special way of delivering the news: “You do not have ulcers, therefore you also do not have perforated ulcers and you can stop your medication. You have cancer, stomach cancer.”
Saif goes on a rather predictable rant just like Jimmy Sheirgill in Munnabhai MBBS.
The second story is about a couple played by Kunal Roy Kapur and Shobhita Dhulipala, in short, their story is about her moving to America for higher studies and him sulking about it but there are no goodbyes in Bollywood without a raid infected party, are there?
The Third story is about two courier boys who work for an underworld goon, played by Vijay Raaz and Deepak Dobriyal. How they aspire to be a ‘big shot’ in the crime world and how their ambition leads them to a sudden change of track is what forms the crux of the film.
Although there are many first film issues with Kaalakaandi, it is technically inconsistent and the narrative doesn’t quite pull together. Their characters lack a back story. And unlike most Bollywood movies where even the loose plots somehow come together towards the end, this one doesn’t.
But, Kaalakandi has its moments, with Saif Ali Khan returning to his impressive best. He delivers the punches with abandon and delivers a brave performance in the film.
Coming a close second to Saif is Deepak Dobriyal, whose demeanor as courier boy gone rogue is just brilliant.
Everyone else including Shobhita, Shehnaz, Akshay, in the movie just play their parts well. What annoyed us the most is a waste of a good comic actor in Kunaal Roy Kapur, his role in the movie just doesn’t justify his caliber.
The music blends quite well and nothing seems to be over the top.
All in all, there’s a good comedy film in the theatres after a long time with some really good performances and you could watch it. We give it 3 stars with a kink and brownie points for Saif never seen before avatar.
The directorial debut of writer Akshat Verma - who rose to fame after Delhi Belly, Kaalakaandi has three parallel tracks that show us the differen...3.0