“Kaminey” is the first movie in which Mr. Vishal Bharadwaj attempted to go ahead with his own original work (I mean not adapted from a Shakespearean Play). The concept is brilliant, of course. The depiction of Twins, one stammering and the other replacing the “S” with “F” and how their fates rendezvous, making a simple storyline complicated, demands an applause, especially in a world where original screenplays and scripts are taking a backseat. There are many aspects in “Kaminey” which make your heart wonder and your mind venture into your own inner world from time to time.

Firstly, let’s deal with the Camera Work a.k.a cinematography. Now, let me make a confession: This was the first time I have seen an Indian Movie going on par with a major Hollywood Movie as far as the camera work is concerned. The constantly changing angles and shifting frames gave me a closer look at the characters and added what we call “Realism” in film-making nomenclature. The dream sequence of “Charlie” was fantastically captured with impeccable style and grandeur. The fight sequences looked unique and appealing. The extent of the excellent camera work can be easily gauged only by looking at the “Mohabbat ki hai Pehli Baar” song trailer which was shot in a very singular manner. Close-up shots of the characters and moving camera frame gave a dynamic look to the whole movie, as if something was always there around the corner.

Secondly,let’s look at the character portrayal in which I am sure Mr. Bharadwaj may have spent considerable time and effort. The characters of “Guddu” and “Charlie” were nicely impersonated by Shahid. Guddu and Charlie represent good and evil, two sides of the same coin and two minds of the same person, in a way. Priyanka Chopra’s character had a much more convincing and natural look and feel that added authenticity. Her way of dialogue delivery, the coarse voice, the exquisite smile, indecisive nature, unbridled love and devotion for Guddu and her fun-loving temperament are noticeable ways in which she might have built a separate fan-following. The character played by Chandan RoySanyal was a surprise (in a good way). His casual approach to life, imprudent remarks, going to the extreme,his “FataFati”, playing the “dishkao dhishkao” game with Chopra’s brother left an unforgettable impression in my mind.

Thirdly, the storyline. It was a very simple storyline deliberately made complex by an influx of characters and situations. Up to a certain point in the movie, the audience were a little bit confused about “WTF” is going on?. The other character’s names were equally strange like “Tashi”. One of my friends even wondered that why they have named the movie “Kaminey” where it could have been “Guitar”. It was a mish mash of Drugs, Money, Betting, Gang wars, corrupt police etc etc. And I don’t even want to talk about the Climax which was a big letdown.

The music was at its best. The popularity of songs had already skyrocketed to new highs with the trailer release and now the audience wanted to see how these songs have been adapted to the situations in the movie. One of the major disappointments was the placement of the song “Mohabbat ki hai pehli baar” which I thought would come in between but it came only in the end. The background score went well with the fast-paced nature of the film.

All in all, a good watch owing to excellent cinematography, Priyanka Chopra and Shahid’s character, the music and dialogues.

My Verdict: 7.5/10.

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