(Addendum: people ask me where the ta tana tada comes from. its the drunk rendition of the james bond theme (here). you just paraphrase the 0:19 phrase by one note, from tadap tadan dada dan, you say tat ta dan da da dan… To ahieve the eight you say tat ta dan da dada da dan)
In the beginning there was the rain. In the dodgy digital color correction it made everything look fuzzy dark and undifferentiated grey. And then Vishal, taking a leaf from Bertaluchhi’s book , decided to shoot talking heads. That was between when he shot like Ozu and when he shot like Trantino. In spaces in the middle, cow eaten movie posters peeled off the genre wall, and revealed , in fervid regretful acid dreams, Tarkovski, Noir,Salvador dali and Robert Bresson.
Indeed Kaminay looks like the Mona Lisa painted in an acid trip…on a wall …in a toilet…with pee…oh this review is so much fun!
The most charitable thing one can say about the film is that its script is faithful to both indian pulp and film noir traditions, but that like the cinematography, gets washed out in the indifferent color correction.
Perhaps the problem was too much expectation on the film.. but then maqbool was a certified classic. I guess the same thing happenned to ram gopal varma after satya. Maybe im just a sucker for a good tune.. ta tana tada….
Vishaal vishaal if you wanted to be an asian film you had to open with the ventures-esque tune and worked it and worked it..from a single ragtime trumpet to a full developed orchestral theme and brained your audience with it. If you wanted to be an Indian art noir(a Govind Nihalani film or an early vidhu vinod chopra movie- sazaaye maut or parinda) you cut out the heavy metal and tighten up the camera work . hire …oh I don’t know!, ravi K chandran to give you some good montage and build your film on this.You want a novelle vague noir? work on the jazz and get a sexy femme without a moral compass handle a gun. you film just flakes like a kutthu parotta into narrative tangents that begs the question “are you serious?” and “can I have what he’s smoking”
An art masala film is like Hollywood’s holy grail of a “classy fuck movie’ it often degenerates into good intentions and poor follow through.
I might have loved kaminay if the film had started with the climax as it now stands and he had upped the ante from there..i did actually like the love story..vishal is pretty good at showing us romantically forward women.(maqbool, omkara) this is a whole bunch of wasted charecter development. I like queinten tarantino’s or rob zombie’s philosophy , in this regard- if you gotta, kill them early and often. Kaminay tries to make a gangster film a chic flick, without Amitabh bacchan’s pelvic thrusts. Trust me Mr bharadwaj, you cant hold a chick’s attention without some crotch shots in your film.
But look at the bright side, your acid trip in guise of a film shown how Dev D is such a poser druggie film. That should count for something!