Kaminey – Movie Review

August 15, 2009 · 3 comments

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Apun Ka Choice: Hail Vishal Bhardwaj, the iconoclast of Indian cinema, the trail-blazer who redefined entertainment with his edge-of-the-seat roller-coaster ride called Kaminey that sucks a viewer into the dark, netherworld of Mumbai through a riveting story of twin brothers, similar in appearance but as different from each other as chalk is from cheese. Fasten your seat belts folks and cast that cola aside. You are about to land into the dirty damp world of Kaminey, populated by bookies, trigger-happy drug mafia, corrupt cops and power-hungry goons with political ambition. Kaminey is not a path-breaking film. Nor is it too cerebral or thought-provoking. It is a heady cocktail of art-house realism and Bollywood masala with a distinct Tarantino tang. It is pure entertainment like never presented before in Bollywood. Paifa Vafool Fun!

Bollywood Hungama:
Vishal Bhardwaj pays homage to cinema of yore and that’s reason enough to go out and grab tickets for one of the most keenly anticipated films of our times. Kaminey is bold, stark, funny and unpredictable and that’s what works in its favour. One has to be attentive, very attentive to grasp the goings-on and also the twists in the tale. Kaminey is a film with an attitude. Like it or leave it, but you’d never be able to ignore it. Word from the wise: Go for this hatke experience!

CNN-IBN: Vishal Bharadwaj’s Kaminey is a film you’ll either love or passionately despise. It’s an unpredictable crime drama that combines violence and dark humor in a manner that’s reminiscent of the films of Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie and the Coen Brothers. And yet, Kaminey is so original and inventive in the manner in which it takes Bollywood’s favorite formula – twin brothers – and turns it on its head. The real strength of Kaminey is its writing. The non-linear screenplay is filled with unfamiliar twists and confusing turns that are likely to baffle you along the way; yet they’re all neatly tied up and culminate in a thrilling climax which is violent and comical in equal parts. For an audience numbed by predictable Bollywood potboilers week after week, Kaminey might take some time to settle into; go in with an open mind and enjoy the ride!

DNA India:
This one tips you over the edge!

Glamsham: Kaminey is your typical Bollywood masala film, but with keeping the audience intelligence in mind. What Bhardwaj has smartly done is, use the formula of the films of old and dress it up in his own inimitable way. Even when the end unwraps itself, although you might have seen it a zillion times before, it has a standing of its own. You cannot help but applaud when the film ends. If you watch it once, you will want to watch it again!

Hindustan Times: Phenomenal for the most part!

Now Running: Kaminey is one of Vishal Bhardwaj’s finest works to date. Apart from excelling as the director, it is his writing that makes this one of the best edge-of-the-seat thrillers in a long longtime. To sum up, Kaminey is a potential blockbuster. It has all the right ingredients along with superior direction, to please every cine goer.

Rediff: Very very fexy!

Times Of India: Kaminey is a smart and balsy film that brings Hollywood to Bollywood, reminiscent of the adventurism of Quentin Tarantino’s action thrillers which catapult the viewer into the dark, violent world of crime and criminals, leaving you no time to blink or breathe easy. More importantly, Kaminey is the first film which also credits its viewers with some intelligence. It demands your unbridled attention from the word GO and allows you to sit back only at your own peril. For, if you aren’t attentive and intelligent to figure some things out yourself, specially in the first half hour, you might be missing the twists in this sassy tale of twin brothers. Truly, Kaminey’s a heady vodka martini, leaving you both shaken and stirred. And no, don’t even ask for the popcorns. You’ll leave them untouched, coz this one just isn’t the regular-run-of-the-mill popcorn flick. Tarantino, take a bow. Brave new Bollywood is here!

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Fathiya August 16, 2009 at 11:31 am

Ravi: if the director of Omkara did this movie.. then it’s a brilliant movie for sure.. did u see it? If u did.. did u like the movie.

I’ve missed Love Aaj Kal and I wil miss this movie too. hope that it wil be relased on a dvd soon.


Ravi August 16, 2009 at 12:00 pm

@Fathiya – I am going to watch it today.

The reviews are mostly positive. Shahid has outperformed himself and I’m sure, this movie would be a milestone in his career.


mayank gaur August 27, 2009 at 12:41 pm

kaminey i f a complete paifa vafool. this one is refreshing welcome from the leave ur brain at home kind of movies that bollywood fishes out friday after friday.kaminey is a directors movie. vishal takes the age old formula of twins and turns it on its head in a manner thats reminscent of tarintino, guy ritche and reservoir dogs yet original in its own way.the writing by vishal , performances by all actors, cinemetography is top class.kaminey is a well directed and exciting edge of the seat thriller that grips u from the begining to end and leaves u spellbound for its most part. vishal prooves he is one of the finest directors who respects the audiences intelligence .the music score is good particularly dhan te nan.in the end i would like to say that just go for it seldom u vil get u see a movie that is full of content and so inteligently directed. only vishal could come up vith such a masterpice.double thums up for kaminey.


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