Kaalakaandi Review


Plotline: –

Three different lives, three different paths, three different fuck ups (Kaalakaandi literally means A big fuck up) in one city and in one night. How’s everyone going to survive their ordeals?

Positive Points: –

  • A dark premise with its fair share of comic gags, Kaalakaandi is more than just a run-of-the-mill Bollywood movie which bravely attempts to do something different.
  • The performances of the cast especially that of Saif Ali Khan.

Negative Points: –

  • The screenplay has a lot of issues in terms of continuity as well as encapsulation of three parallel stories in just one single night.
  • Notwithstanding it’s funny gigs the movie fails to captivate the attention of the audience especially in the second half.
  • Attempting to do something unconventional is no doubt wonderful but movies like Kaalakaandi are a bit too matured for the generic Indian audience. Most people wouldn’t really connect to it.

Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –


Akshat Verma has done better than what you expect from a debutant director. He has managed his actors and their performances satisfactorily and has incorporated some really smart moments in the film. The visuals Vineet discerns in his high and his subsequent reactions are probably the funniest things in the entire feature and kudos to Verma for the brilliant execution of the same. However, there were times when his direction irked and a good example can be Rakhi clicking Vineet’s picture when he is morose and sad; atleast at that time Verma could have made her character act maturely. Verma’s direction has a lot of scope of development and we hope he takes the same seriously.

Coming to the screenplay of the movie, it can’t be repudiated that the film is funny and most jokes are quirky but probably that’s all that holds it strong. Verma’s writing struggled in containing three parallel stories along with their characters rendering the film duller. As mentioned before there are a lot of continuity issues with the screenplay like for an instance, you see Angad lambasting Vineet for his failed married life and the next time they come face to face, we find them hugging each other. There’s no visual on the lucubration that the latter undergoes after being reminded of his unhappy past. Sadly, this isn’t the only flaw as the film has a number of such continuity problems. Kaalakaandi is a character-driven movie but the trailers didn’t really convey that. This issue may cost the film its revenue because people wouldn’t really comprehend the lack of plot in it.

On the technical side, Himman Dhamija has done a good job with the camera and the film has been well edited by Shan Mohammed. The VFX were shoddy but the comic premise didn’t actually nettle me up. The music is passable.

Performances: –


Akshay Oberoi is delectable, Vijay Raaz and Deepak Deobriyal are wonderful, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Shenaz Treasurywala and Shivam Patil are good, Isha Talwar and Amyra Dastur are okay.

Shobita Dhulipala is excellent and has shown some really good skills with her acting. She emotes well and delivers her lines perfectly proving that she is here to stay.

Keeping the best for the last, Saif Ali Khan steals the show right from everyone’s hands. Not enough of him is one of my many complains I have about the film. He is magnetic, he is funny, he is amusing and at times even moving. This is his best performance in probably this entire decade and he deserves accolades for the same.

Final Verdict: –


Kaalakaandi is an offbeat black-comedy film which has its share of amusements and disappointments. It’s entertaining in spite of being unengrossing at times. However, it’s more likely to turn into a cult movie in future. Watch it out if you like unconventional movies and also for Saif Ali Khan’s blinder which sadly outperforms the entire film.

RATING: 2.5/5


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