Kaalakaandi Movie Cast, Crew and Story
This movie is starred by Saif Ali Khan and directed by Akshat Verma, who wrote the magnificent Delhi Belly in 2011.Hello friends, welcome to reviewdekhlo.co.in. In this post, we are reviewing the movie “Kaalakaandi”. So let’s start.
The movie starts in Mumbai which never seemed duller by night where a woman and her boyfriend (Sobhita Dhulipala and Kunaal Roy Kapur) prepare for her departure for a doctorate in the US, then gets raided by the Mumbai police. The multiple tales unfold in parallel arcs. It is only in the penultimate scenes and a zany final shot that the plot connects a few of the characters but only in a tenuous manner. Kaalakaandi takes a while to warm up but when it does it sets a lively pace, especially in the second half.
Saif Ali Khan believes that he has wasted away his life in the belief that being a “good person” is good enough in life. He doesn’t smoke, drinks, and has never been on drugs for fun with an exception when accidently his friends fooled him and made him eat the brownie laced with marijuana. So he believed that it wouldn’t count as a transgression.
But as a result of that, he has lost a lot of time to make up for it. He decided to go to the wedding of his brother (Akshay Oberoi). At the party, after popping a red star microdot, he takes the would-be groom for a prenuptial haircut. On the way, everything that could go wrong goes wrong, or right, depending on who is doing the judging.
One is a romantic, whimsical chit-chat between the hero and the wedding photographer that enthuses the former to forget the inevitable. The second is when the brother, wanting to be as fair as he can be, stands before the girl who he is about to marry to announce that he is having second thoughts. And the third is a scene in which one of the criminals, despite his best efforts, is caught lying by his wily boss (Arif Basra).
Verma’s handling of the brush between Sheela and Khan’s character is skilful and sensitive while also being very funny. This strand has all the fun bits, the best lines, and the wild times that are absent from the other sub-plots. Angad’s story has its temperature-raising moments that are soon doused by conventional sentimentality.
A running joke that works well is the Mumbai police’s unerring sense of bad timing. But the movie itself doesn’t seem to be following a clock. There is no sense of when events are taking place, or how long they are spread over. For one thing, no phones go off when Khan’s character and Angad go missing for what seems to be an eternity. Mumbai doesn’t change character as the night wears on even though the 112-minute movie has ample opportunities to suggest a forward crawl.
Verma’s best writing is reserved for Saif Ali Khan’s character. The actor has been on a roll since Rangoon in 2017, but he has had the misfortune of featuring in movies that cannot keep up with his reinvigorated streak of brilliance. In Kaalakaandi, Khan moves smoothly between behaviour that is outrageous and touching, delivers whacky lines with aplomb, and conveys the movie’s desired madcap quality without a trace of self-consciousness.
The only other character who matches Khan in his energy is Nyari Singh. Together, they convey some sense of what Mumbai can be like after dark – unpredictable, dangerous, exciting and strangely fulfilling. Anything can happen, but unfortunately little does in Kaalakaandi.