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Movie Review: Kaminey (2009)

No doubt, this is THE movie being talked about in every form of communication! There is a high dose of Kaminey being dished out to the Indian people! But, unlike the “Pardesi” song from Raja Hindustani, it is not at all irritating!

Kaminey is the movie with which Indian Cinema has woken up! It is an intelligent movie. I liked it so much that I have already seen Kaminey twice.. ! That in itself is a compliment because it has been years since I say a Hindi movie twice in as many days! As we all know how good the movie is, I will not go into praising it and dashing out superlatives like Amazing, mind-blowing, etc etc!

Kaminey is good cinema, but its no pulp fiction! Pulp fiction I saw thrice – it bowled me over each time!
To me, Kaminey was about as entertaining as an Amitabh movie in his hey days…. (Lawaris, Amar akbar anthony, Hum, etc)
Sure, the last fight scene was mind blowing… the movie was very nicely done, and the loose ends were tied up nicely… wait, its apt to say, there were no loose ends left in the movie!
To say “the movie made u think” (as per paper reviews) means one’s brain has been kept idle OR one didn’t watch good movies for a fair amount of time… To say that it is an intelligently made movie is putting it more realistically!

The key to Kaminey’s success is its subtlety! If you go to the theater expecting to Priyanka heave her chest in your face, then you will get to watch it, but you will be disappointed later on because there is very little in the movie for audience titillation!

Why do I say this? I first saw Kaminey in a swanky multiplex. The audience got up for the National Anthem and I was left stunned by an Inspirational Instrumental National Anthem jig done against the backdrop of Kargil showing the Indian Army! As much as I am against the idea of playing the anthem in a movie theater, I was touched! If patriotism will be forced upon the audience, this is how it should be done! Show a youthful India, A dashing India, A powerful India – and not a bunch of talented oldies crooning away while shaking their wrinkled faces and bald heads in an attempt to ‘show’ emotion while they display it in their talent. Its too emo, its too mushy! Its weak! I digress!

The multiplex experience was controlled! silent! mute! It was interrupted by people talking on their cell phones saying “yes sir, ho jayega sir”. God damn it! Turn the fucking thing off! I was tempted to grab one cell and throw it, but (thankfully) none were in arms length! (back to the movie) – At the end, no one clapped, no one expressed what they felt about the movie… they walked away in silence – Me and my friends sat they the end credits. Some educated idiots 2 rows ahead of us stood up to leave, then decided they want to watch the credits standing – result….? I saw a bald head alongside Priyanka and Shahid! I stayed silent and didn’t let my mouth get the better of me! It was a multiplex after all!

Just to get a perspective of a different audience, I saw it in a singleplex where one would not go with ones family coz its too run down! The Kaminey experience there was amazing! The audience took part in the movie, they hooted, jeered when things happened in the movie. They even booed when Shahid launched to tell a tale at a crucial time, or dug in to find protection while piggy chops was getting hot and heavy and was all ready for action! Yes, they too talked on the phone during the movie, but they said “Movie dekh raha hoon. Baad mein call karta hoon” (Am in a movie, will call later). They scratched their heads during the interval because the movie was too intelligent for them! It was either that OR it was because Priyanka was already done shaking her bosom and they were wondering, now what!?

The common thread in both the experiences was – no one was asking any questions on the plot! That speaks a lot for the director and the guys responsible for the screen play and for the story writers! This is what gets Kaminey MOST of its points! Taut story telling! No loose ends left for the audience to tie up! One reason i watched it a second time was to find faults and I did find one… but it was a fact and not a flaw – Just before the interval, Shahid does not say SH as FA while singing a song – 2 explanations…. it was an English song OR he was singing! Who cares! The sequence that follows is absolutely brilliant! Bhope-tope exchange is THE highlight of the movie for me! Smooth flow! High tension! The movie runs like a finely tuned sports car! Blows your mind away!

The audience in the multiplex did not say much during the regional dialogues in the movie about Mumbai/Bombay and about Marathi Manoos and the so called ‘outsiders’! However, the ones in the singleplex were not afraid to voice their support during theΒ  ‘outsider’ moment and during the ‘Jai Maharashtra!” moments! It is Sweety in the movie who says it best when she chooses her man over regional politics! At the end of the day, it is about being happy and feeling loved and wanted! Nothing else matters!

Fact is – 1) Aids and pregnancy will get you if u don’t use protection! 2) Vada pav rules over McDonald! 3) Changing Bombay to Mumbai will not give the city more power! 4) Politics is a (dirty) game! Don’t get played by it. 5) Drugs dealing is still rampant everywhere in the world 6) There is no high like a power trip!

Vishal Bhardwaj has touched these topics and presented them very nicely in Kaminey. The movie is as much educating as it is entertaining! The director took a chance by making such a brilliant caper and its paid off well! Kaminey is THE movie of 2009! GO WATCH IT! It is no Pulp Fiction! VB is still a long way from QT…. but the road chosen is fantastic!

err.. did I say I was not going to use any superlatives? Who cares! They were FUperlatives! Go figure!

My rating: 4/5

PS: For those who thought there was too much Marathi in the movie (Smita), it was the Bengali that got to me in the movie! πŸ˜€ If a movie is made in Hindi, it should have sub-titles for ALL the other languages in the movie! However, this tiny caveat is not at all a deterrent to stop me from watching Kaminey again!

  1. August 26, 2009 at 14:27

    Nice take. We have almost similar viewpoints, you know them by now.
    I too watched it twice and second time alone with a sophisticated audience. The first watch was with too many college goers who laughed and disturbed a lot.
    I agree VB is no Tarantino, but one thing is sure – even people who are not exposed to Ritchie, Tarantino or Rodriguezor, they will get entertained with this one.
    As I have explained in my take- the Bengali dialouges were the best ones and after Sankat City it seems like a trend. Good for me πŸ™‚
    I still disagree on the A certification though. Censor did the Kaminapanti here.

    • August 26, 2009 at 16:23

      thank you uh. I read your take on it and it is extremely well written as it is insightful. I guess the censors played it ‘safe’ and gave it an A instead of a U/A that almost every other movie gets!

  2. AD
    August 24, 2009 at 23:36

    i ve heard there is no foul language in the film except the title!

    i m eager to watch it, but now it has to wait!

    • August 24, 2009 at 23:38

      Yes, there is no foul lingo in the movie… Why wait?

  3. Lynn
    August 24, 2009 at 03:26

    now that i understand, thanks for being patient with me. i am intersted int he flick, will keep it in mind and if i get a chance i will watch and think of you all over there in India….considerate reply, thanks.

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:40

      Hi Lynn,
      If you like watching Indian movies, lemme know – I would love to recommend some gems to you… I love watching foreign movies – French, Italian, Morroccan, Spanish… Not understanding the lingo makes the movie experience more enjoyable, coz then you can focus on the acting as the dialogue does not distract you…
      Err, did you get the meaning of “I always lie” or did you skirt that part of your query? Lemme know if u wanna know still or if you have it figured out. Thank you for your comment πŸ™‚

  4. August 23, 2009 at 15:18

    I think this was the best review so far that i have of the movie, the comparison between the two set of audience was great. and I agree to the anthem being sung in the backdrop of a youing and powerful India. Great post, this inspires me to see the movie..none of the previews had done so!

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:36

      Wow! Thank you Sujata! Your comment made my day! Do watch it and lemme know ur Kaminey thought… err, thoughts on Kaminey πŸ˜€
      Thanks once again.

  5. August 23, 2009 at 12:29

    A very well presented combination of multiplex & singleplex experience..Tell me about Kaminey being written about..Generally its the features section in the newspaper that takes care of the reviews & stuff….But I was so damn stunned to see Business Standard and the likes to write a one page review of Kaminey.. I am sure it is the movie of 2009. Shall soon watch it πŸ™‚

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:35

      Hi Valerine,
      Do watch it. Thanks for the comment and the compliment! πŸ™‚

  6. Ava
    August 23, 2009 at 08:05

    fpikeafe ! I resisted reading your review till I had feen the movie. Me 2 loved it very much. I thought it was kinda Shakesperan.. you know.. they way things get crazy in the end.. and then .. order emerges. It is dark.. but there is so much hope and humour that you dont feel bad.

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:33

      Hi Ava,
      I have not read Shakespeare (hope u’ll still be my friend!), so I cannot comment on the comparision. However if Othello was also written by Mr.S, then I know what you mean coz I have watched the Ajay Devgan movie based on it (the one with Bips doing an item number and vivek oberoi in it). That movie did make me feel a bit sad when I watched it… Kaminey was not sad… it was fun and slightly intellectual interspersed with humor… The enjoyment lies in both – the dialogue and also in HOW it is said!

  7. August 22, 2009 at 20:32

    sigh all these non-reviews … and i still have no idea what the movie is about! vada pav is the best!!

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:28

      Hi Cp,
      A NON REVIEW? You have reduced my post to being a NON REVIEW! wow!
      Movie is about 2 bros who are poles apart and how their lives get intertwined leading to chaos and confusion and how they manage to …. well, see the movie for the rest! πŸ˜›
      Plot was deliberately avoided bcoz unlike some writers, I feel the plot of a movie should NOT be discussed in a movie review – how one felt while watching the movie is more important than reading whats in the movie. However, if u wish to know abt the plot, pls do send an email to spikeace@gmail.com and i’ll be happy to let you know… πŸ™‚

  8. August 22, 2009 at 19:12

    Will see the movie and comment again. I like the lead pair. They make sense when they talk.

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:25

      Hi Aparna,
      The lead pair make sense when they talk – thats an interesting observation! Will await ur comment afer u have a dekko!

  9. thefriendlygiant
    August 22, 2009 at 16:39

    Movie of the year?? This year, I’m not so sure! BTW, in PVR they showed the trailer of ishqiya, produced by Vishal Bhardwaj. Check this.. (http://passionforcinema.com/ishqiya-trailer-a-pfc-exclusive/)

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:23

      Hi Giant,
      I say it will be the movie of the year coz it has even battled Fwine flu and come out on tops πŸ˜€
      ishqiya may be good, but it will not surpass Kaminey in terms of fan following and in terms of commercial success. In quality of movie making, I feel it will be like DOR or like a artsy movie – good in content, but not a money raker… Just a hunch. I could be wrong – time will tell πŸ˜›
      Thanks for the link…

  10. August 22, 2009 at 12:40

    i quite liked the movie myself. completely agree on the bhope-tope thingie…i dnt remember liking a scene so very much in a long time. tho i did feel the end cd’ve been slightly better- it felt like a typical bollywood ending. also, though i dint find it to be a problem, i know of many ppl who had trouble following what was going on in the first half especially. my parents felt the same and cursed vishal bhardwaj like anything πŸ˜€
    good movie, but not everyone’s cuppa tea probably πŸ™‚

    nice review!

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:20

      Hi Nikita,
      The ending ALMOST turned Kaminey into a Pridarshan movie… however, as it was shot with much more style and detail than all Priyadarshan movies combined, it has to be applauded. No offense to Priyadarshan, his movies are comedies and therefore the endings in his movies are supposed to be whacky. Kaminey is a different movie, so its ending was made different…
      You are right about ppl commenting that the first half was hard to follow… and having an interval does not help either… πŸ˜€ I dont blame ur parents for cursing VB. They must have come to the hall to be entertained, instead they found a movie which is not as simple as the run of the mill movies produced everyday…
      Thanks for the compliment Nikita. And also, thanks for the lovely comment.

  11. August 22, 2009 at 09:21

    Dhan Te Nan!! I loved the movie. I watched it twice and both the timef in a fingle-plex. Waife I don’t mind jeering, whiftling, clapping and fhouting in a multiplex as well. I have a friend who givef me company with thif and we ufually end up being the centre of attention of any fcreen we ftep into. All we say to Multiplex audiences who have their phone in one hand and ftare at uf af though we committed a crime is, ‘Faala!!! Movie dekho na πŸ˜€ Hume kya dekh te ho’ πŸ˜€

    • August 24, 2009 at 03:14

      Hi Varun!
      Dhan te nan, indeed… The hollering n hooting does enhance the experience of the movie.. however, at times, it was done at wrong moments… sometimes, that sort of thing can take away the movie experience… alas, we cannot have the cake and eat it too! Wish the Multiplex audience loosened up a bit… after all, sher-o-shayari mein bhi to wah wah bola jaata hai… hai na?

  12. Lynn
    August 22, 2009 at 05:26

    hi spikeace, glad to be here. as an american i am not able to relate although i do like Q Tarantino….. i do have a question for you. if you always lie, does that mean your blog is fiction? i do like what youre doing with your new pad. i see you have caught on quickly to the WP format.

    • August 22, 2009 at 05:33

      Hi Lynn,
      Kaminey is a newly released Indian movie made in Hindi language with bits of other lingo thrown in too. It should release in the USA with sub-titles. Do watch it if you can… Its made well. Just FYI, India makes the most number of movies in the world. This movie has been made very well and it touches a lot of topics that are controversial/plaguing India…. like corruption, drugs, aids, sibling rivalry, caste, regional politics, etc. They have been presented in a way that the global audience can relate to them with ease. The movie has been getting rave reviews from the audience n critics since its release about a week ago!

      The answer to your question lies in my statement – will let u mull over it and see if you can figure it out… else will drop an email… Thanks for liking my blog and for being a regular here!

  1. August 22, 2009 at 16:30

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