Sunday, August 23, 2009
Got to see Kaminey last Sunday afternoon. Went to the theatre in Worcester area that shows regular first run Bollywood flicks, and did not hit the first show--that show always seems to be just me, my friends and I!! I got to the theatre early, as usual, and sat in the front of the upper section, so as to have a foot rest on the railing!! Well the audience began to fill the back of the theater--couples in their best clothing (one young lady's salwar kameez was stunning), small family groups, teens, a few clusters of young men or women out with their buddies.
No one else sat in the front row-oh well, had it to myself.
There was lots of visiting going on amongst the groups---in Hindi, English and Hinglish!! I caught a few words here and there--two couples sat directly behind me, and I thank the young man translating the Hindi on the censor certificates for the previews! I had heads up for the stuff upcoming--the Aladin with Amitabh Bachchan looks pretty awesome, and with the second viewing of the new Shahid Kapoor, Rani Mukerjee film Dil Bole Hadippa!, plus having the music, makes me want to see it.
Kaminey is a pretty intense movie--a thriller-mystery. It is a story of 2 brothers (both played by Shahid Kapoor--and very well too-though this trend toward dual roles in Bollywood is getting a bit overwhelming). The audience hooted and hollered at the good guys, and jeered the bad guys--which made the film even more enjoyable. Guddu and Charlie both have speech impediments--one stutters, one lisps--but they both hate each other, they have opposite ideals in life. Charlie wants to make fast money, and does so by fixing horse races. Guddu wishes to do good--he works for a NGO educating about AIDS. When Guddu's girlfriend Sweety gets pregnant--things get touchy--you see Sweety's brother is the head of the local mob that wants to run Charlie out of business!
Charlie stumbles upon a guitar case filled with high quality cocaine--in his quest to get the highest price, he kills another mobster, cheats the crooked cops and gets in trouble with the drug dealing gang. Guddu is mistaken for Charlie and kidnapped--I don't want to give too much of the story away--but in the end both Charlie and Guddu are no longer at odds with each other and the crooked cops and sneaky mobsters have been eliminated!
This movie moves along at a breakneck speed--the action flies by, and you need some time to digest it! I took a leisurely ride home, listening to the music, which helps me to recall the action--and was able to truly enjoy the film. This movie is not for the faint at heart, there is a lot of violence and mayhem, and I do agree with many critics that this is the 'must see' movie for 2009. Try to see it with a full theater--the audience's energy also makes the movie more awesome!