Friday, August 21, 2009

Kaminey: After-thoughts

If the ‘funda’ in Kaminey is to be logically extended, the quite a lot of ‘desi’ Gujaratis are lisps (totle). One of the first few and one of the last few monologues in the movie is ‘main fa ko fa kehta hoon’. In the movie Charlie (Fahid Kapoor) pronounces ‘sa’ as ‘fa’. Now, if this disorder is said to be ‘totlapa’, then the ‘disorder’ of pronouncing ‘sa’ as ‘ha’ should also be claimed as ‘totlapa’. Imagine a conversation between two persons with the disorder (the mehona flavoured – ‘H’ versioned)

A: Hi, kem chhe? [Hi, how are you?]
B: Bas, jhalha chhe! [ enjoying!]
A: Kaminey joi? [Did you see Kaminey?]
B: Na nathi joi. Kevi chhe? [No, haven’t heen. How ih it?]
A: ekdam firt claah chhe [Abholutely, firth clahh]
B: Em? Pelo Moonden Jhurni waro kehto to ke Hahid e haari akhon kari chhe [is it? That Moonden Jhurni fellow was haying that the ekhon (action) of hahid was good]
A: Haa – bahu hweet lagtoto [Yes, he looked really hweet]
B: Tu paachhi mari jode halis kale? [Would you again go with me for the movie tomorrow?]
A: Horry ho. Mare kale mol ma hopping karva javanu chhe. [Horry, tomorrow I have to go to a mol for hopping.
B: Thik chhe – hoon koi bija ne laijaih. Mari agar be free paahih hata. [Ok. I’ll take someone else. I had two free paaheh]
A: Oh – mare kale javanu canhel thai gayu. Ho halis tari jode. [Oh – My tomorrow’s plan got canhelled. I’ll join you]

Anyway, getting back to the movie – Charlie was ‘totla’ and Guddu (S..SS..Shh..ahid Kapoor) was a ‘hakla’, one who stammers. The plot of the movie is nothing out of the box. Everyone in the movie is ‘kamina’. There are about 5 ‘kaminey’ groups and the story connects and brings them together. Finally, in the tussle for power and in the quest for outdoing each other, all the kaminey kill each other. Only Fahid Kapoor, S..SS…Shh..ahid Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra lived through the story. The subplot which shows how the twin brothers got separated was very loose. An ordinary railway employee’s school going son having Rs 3000 and Charlie making it to 5000 by gambling on a roadside stall leave you wondering why at all it was added. Otherwise, the plot was just okay.

Shahid Kapoor is said to have ‘internalized’ Shahrukh Khan’s way of acting. The character of Guddu, who not only stammers but is also a ‘sweet-boy,’ makes Shahid more vulnerable to ‘internalize’ SRK’s acting. Priyanka Chopra did a good job. She seems to suit such de-glam’d characters more than ultra-glan ones (like that of a super-model in Fashion ). Amol Gupte did great job. He had the charisma that the character demanded. Bhope Bhau (the character played by Amol Gupte) is shown to be a local politician whose party is against non-Marathis. However, when he is offered huge amount by Guddu, a non-Marathi, he becomes pro non-Marathi and says that he would change to a party which is not against non-Marathis. The way his character turned 180 degrees makes us think whether the politicians really think about people – Or, is it for some personal benefit they play with the life of the commoners?

The songs are average. The background score during car chase and fights reminds you of the 80’s movies. The dialogues seem to be forcefully made ‘strong’. These dialogues reminds you of the 80’s and 90’s movies.

Paifa banana ke do raafte hai – ek fort cut aur dufra chhota fort cut

The lyrics are good. The hand held camera effect used in a few scenes was un-called for and makes the scene difficult to see. The movies pace is pretty good – with a few ‘slow’ moments. Overall, it if a ‘timepass’ movie and can be feen one time.
Remember, Charlie fa ko fa kehta hai?


Mustaf August 21, 2009 at 10:08 PM  

Not yet read your post, is it a movie review then i will not go through it , otherwise I will read. Please let me know :-)

Sagar August 21, 2009 at 10:55 PM  

I must say a very well written blog.. U kept me as occupied as GB would have. The way you brought out the desi gujju nuances like "hweet, paahih, halis,claah" and many others was nice to read. Yes, I couldnt agree more that the movie had some 80's flavor and hand camera effects were not required. I cant agree less with your views on Fahid Kapoor's acting skills and Priyanka Chopra's de-glam role.
All in all, really nice. Keep it up dost.

Prashant Mehta August 22, 2009 at 4:27 AM  

@ Mustaf

It's not exactly a review. It doesn't give out the story. Only my views on the movie. However, if you are planning to see the movie anytime soon, the read it after watching the movie and share wih us your views.

Prashant Mehta August 22, 2009 at 4:28 AM  

@ Sagar,

Thanks! Comparing me to GB isn't fair :-P

Nidhesh September 14, 2009 at 1:06 AM  

It's been long time since the last post. Are you very busy these days Prashant. Waiting for some food for thought...

Nethra A September 21, 2009 at 12:39 AM  

I liked the movie.
"mein fa ko fa kehta hun" was one my favorite dialogue.
I liked the joke played on home science. You haven't mentioned that in your review.

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