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|Platform: Sony Liv||Genre: Drama, Thriller
What Is the Story About?
A relaxed Sunil (Ranvir Shorey) gets disturbed by the arrival of Raghav (Chandrachoor Rai) to his flat. At first, Sunil has no clue who he is, but soon things get clear to him. Raghav is the husband of Chhaya (Palomi Ghosh), with whom he is having an affair in his office.
Raghav expresses his anguish and then shoots himself dead in Sunil’s room. Later his wife also comes to know about it, but not the whole truth. What happens when their flat is filled with guests for Diwali celebrations is the basic storyline of the movie.
Ranvir Shorey is a fine actor who has been missing in action off-late. It has been some time watching him do something interesting. With Kadakh, we get a glimpse of what he could do. It, however, fails to be a memorable outing.
The character of Sunil allows Ranvir Shorey to be just himself without trying anything different. He overacts a bit, at times, which is in keeping with the overall tone of the movie. The natural emotions like anger, frustration and confusion are neatly portrayed. There is no one particular moment or scene, which stands out, though.
Rajat Kapoor is a known actor who features in movies frequently. He makes them as director occasionally. Still, he has managed to create a unique space for him. Rajat Kapoor’s last film as a director came six years ago. It was also his best work.
Due to the lowkey nature of Rajat Kapoor’s films, there are not many expectations in them. It is the same case with Kadakh. It is a dark comedy filled with many quirky characters all inside a single flat.
The premise offers enough intrigue, but Rajat Kapoor fails to make an engaging narrative out of it. The movie suffers due to multiple characters and their silly conversations that get nowhere and tie to the central plot.
One of the prominent features in the few films directed by Rajat Kapoor is capturing and presenting a world with seemingly genuine emotions and conversations. They have a slice of life appeal no matter where it’s set. The same is the case with Kadakh, but an uneven mixture of different genre elements kills the interest.
For starters, there are too many characters with unique quirks and traits. They are all stereotypes of the various people we meet in apartments and also the urban workspace. Everyone is brought together under one and left to carry on with their banters. A feeling of cacophony and chaos sets in soon. And it gets increasing in noise with each passing scene.
If the director aimed to tie this chaos to the central plot involving the dead body and increasing pressure on the couple, it is not adequately conveyed. The execution with an over the top tone is the problem here.
Amidst all the noise, there are some interesting bits in conversations. The writing occasionally throws in an occasional surprise, now and then. Apart from them and the beginning, there is not much to hold the attention. After all the brouhaha, the ending seems too simple and unsatisfying. That the kids came up with the idea could be the only dark comedy aspect that hits home the point.
Overall, Kadakh is a lengthy watch, despite short run-time and rushed filmmaking. It fails to live up to its unique premise’s promise of a quirky entertainer.
Kadakh is filled with many known artists. It is a fantastic assembly of talented actors all locked in a single location. Many the director just let all of them improvise and caught what they were doing on camera. The experiment could have cost him the movie, but it is fun to see them all having a ball. Most of them have a scene or two to register, and they make the best use of it. Manoj Pahwa is the best example of this aspect.
Mansi Multani is effective as the wife sharing the burden and tension of the husband. Rajat Kapoor himself is seen as an author who, after a long wait, gets a publisher for his book. He does his bit well. Cyrus Sahukar, as a motivational speaker is apt for the part. Nupur Asthana, Tara Sharma, Palomi Ghosh and there are many more.
Music and Other Departments?
The background score by Sagar reminds of his past works but is useful nonetheless. The cinematography is below par and the editing needed to be sharper. The writing has its moments in parts but overall fails to deliver.
Extraordinary Assemble of Actors
Beginning And End
Too Many Characters
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Kadakh Movie Review by Binged Bureau
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