Pure Intentions: Shahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in Kaminey.

In Kaminey, Shahid Kapoor has dared to pick a subject which would have looked impossible to execute when read on paper. With his outstanding performance in the film, Shahid joins the list of top actors like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan. And yes, Shahid and Priyanka have a crackling on-screen chemsitry.

Director Vishal Bharadwaj redefines filmmaking with Kaminey.  While making the film there was absolutely no reference point for Bharadwaj at least in Bollywood cinema. But he picks from Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino brands of cinema and adapts it perfectly to a Bollywood milieu.

Bharadwaj takes his audience into a world that has perhaps never been explored before on Indian screen.

He keeps introducing characters for the first 30 minutes while making sure that the twin brothers (Shahid) aren’t brought together in a single frame till way past the interval.

He also confuses his audience on purpose in at least a couple of sequences and tests their intelligence.

There’s the scene where two groups of three characters each are shown interacting amongst themselves and eventually it turns out that all of them were in the same room.

Or the entire hotel sequence where a drug deal goes kaput.

Set in Mumbai, the film is mostly shot on real locations. The director’s insistence on canning shots outdoors pays off as the backdrop becomes difficult to disentangle from the elements of this thriller.

Guddu (Shahid) has seen a sudden marriage with Sweety, played by Priyanka Chopra, excellent in her relatively short but meaningful and important role.

He is now being followed by Sweety’s brother (Amol Gupte). Charlie (Shahid) has got hold of drugs worth Rs 10 crore and is now all set to sell them off to fulfill his long-cherished dreams.

And in between, there are cops, gangsters, international drug mafia, narcotics department, a ‘Jai Maharashtra’ slogan-raising brother, an over- ‘coked’ friend and his two mad Bengali brothers — all of whom make sure that Kaminey turns out to be one joyride that keeps the excitement on till the credits start rolling.

The film starts off decently though one has to concentrate hard to understand the narrative. All of that starts making sense after 30 odd minutes, but you still feel that there could have been a little more meat to the proceedings.

However, the post-interval portions make Kaminey simply irresistible.

Layer after layer unfolds, dark as well as humane side of people are put on display and finally comes an explosive climax that pretty much justifies the route that Bharadwaj takes in Kaminey.

Kaminey is one of the few must watch films of 2009.

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