Kaminey: paifa wafool hai 3.5/5

"machli ke kaanto main magarmach fass gaye"
That line sums up the story of Kaminey...a gripping tale of one night in Mumbai where three average Mumbaikars are responsible for a shootout between a marathi politician, a drug mafia don, corrupt cops, some nigro peddlers and bangla bandhus with aamchi Mumbai police.

Twins Guddu and Charlie (Shahid), are like chalk and cheese. Guddu is the good, amibitious guy, some Aids activist engaged in increasing condom usage. Ironically, he and his girlfriend Sweety (Priyanka Chopra) failed to take relevant protection during their act. To avoid any repurcussions they get married raat ke dhaai baje...against the wishes of Sweeties powerful Marathi politician (Bhau).

Around the same time of the day, Charlie, is involved in a maara maari in a 5 star hotel, and in the skirmish that follows robs a police jeep and smashes the head of 2 cops (who apparently were transporting cocaine in a guitar hidden in the jeep).

As in the case of twin trouble, their enemies catch the wrong Shahid and thereby ensues the "catch me if you can" drama. The winner has to find the guitar which will win them Rs 10 crores.
I missed introducing the bengali brothers in the frenzie, who are maniacs speaking in Bengali which I could barely comprehend.

The plot thickens and gears up nicely for the fitting finale. However, the final shootout is a little too high on guns and bullets and goes a little overboard. But barring the little skid in the final minutes, the movie is gripping... real to the tee and takes you to the Mumbai we have seen before in the Ram Gopal Verma (of Satya fame) movies.

Now to the technical aspects...of watever I think I can understand...
terrific music...felt nice to hear Suresh Wadkar behind the mike,while the hige octane Dhan te Nan is electrifying... Dont remember much about the background music.

Busy camera work...moving from eccentric angles to extreme close up, moving left right up down and giving a fleeting view of the landscape to hide the proceedings from the viewers.
The local train sequence steals the show, while the hotel chase scene are also extremely well shot.

The supporting cast is able and sound. Mikhail (Chandan Sanyal) , one of the bangla maniacs, is good in a few scenes but goes over the top. He seriously acts gay with Charlie. But its the wily Bhau (Amole Gupte) who rocks. A mix of Arun Gawli and Raj Thakre, he carries himself with amazing ease, a little doze of histrionics and eccentricity backed by detailed marathi touch.

Priyanka, marathi mulgi, aai shapat...ekdum item hai. I was really impressed by her marathi dialogues, she passes off as the typical marathi girl. But eventually, this movie is Shahid's vehicle.
He is totla, a hakla, gets to do some real action, maintains amazing intensity in some scenes and manages to go thru a movie without his forte- his dance.

Vishal Bharadwaj has bought a new whiff for Bollywood fans who are not used to the Quenton Tarantino kind of movies (me included).
With the exception of an overboard climax, the movie has everything to fulfil the expectations of a movie buff.


Ritu said...

loved the "paifa wafool" title!thought Kolkata babu would have understood the Bengali!! ;))
me yet to watch Kaminey though :(

nikhilrao said...

"Bangla Maniacs".. I like that term.... how true :)
sorry no offenses.. Also U wrote so little abt Piggy Chops.. :)

Well this review makes me wanna watch this moview even more

neha2go said...

hey ....still gotta get my ass into a sad movie hall in the viscinity...Your review sure makes me want to drag Sunny allllll over again!!

KB said...

The movie is not worth the Hype, There is no real story in the movie. Some of the actors were not correctly cast e.g Tashi.
First half of the movie does not really involve you as an audience.
The only thing that works for the movie is performances.Shahid has put a lot of effort and it shows, Priyanka also did well. These two should have cast in the movie New York. Amole Gupte debut was also good-another Mahesh Manjrekar in the making.

Some questions from the movie still unanswered - Why did the father steal that watch?

WSW said...

agli baar puri plot review main mat likhna mere bhai...

atlee said...

@Nikhil:tu in their land.

@KB: Ya I didnt think abt the watch. Maybe poverty was the reason. Who cares :D

@Dhivya: I object

@Niki, Ritu: Jaldi dekho movie

KB said...


Isn't the entiremovie based on it? Think bout it...

anupam said...

loved the title and the post dude...u r a serious talent in movie reviewing 2 pence abt the movie with ur permission is a complete masala flick right from the word go ending in an ideal hindi movie climax with the "judva santaan" of hakla shahid acting as the icing on the cake...i dont know wat makes us so obsessed with "love" as a society tht we can not even imagine a plot or render a story without an affair smwhr in between...i wud hv loved to see this movie without the guddu/sweety is gud..n shahid is brilliant along with "bhupe bhau"...all in all i give this movie the classic rajiv masandishhh rating of...2 out of 5 ;-P

yatharth said...

Over hyped movie I must say.. No where near to earlier matserpieces of Vishal Bhardwaj (Omkara, Maqbool). Omkara had steller performances by saif, deeapk dobriyal and Maqbool had irrfan, pankaj, piyush mishra, tabu, ompuri BUT Kaminey had no one of that class... shahid, piggy are ok ok..

Kaminey is a typical masala movie reflected by happy ending. Directer made sure that every character is crooked (kamina) in some sense or other..

my rating 2.5 / 5


Raghav said...

Sparks of greatness but a fused out dud of a movie.


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