I watched the promos for the movie, while watching Hangover II (the return of the same story). I didn’t quite like it, but eventually hung on to the fact that Anurag Kashyap’s abstract thoughts are really worth a view. And so I watched it.,
The Plot :
The movie revolves around the lives of 5 youngsters high on money, booze, drugs and everything ‘malicious’ in life. They do not believe in control and one night of the recklessness gets them to lose complete control over themselves. The consequent turn of events result in a well meant and impressive anti-climax of sorts.
Paralleling these lives , are the lives of two cops; one struck by greed and the other by rage. Their lives change with the youngsters. How, is what should await your anticipation 🙂
My Take :
Shaitaan begins on a simple note with the main protagonist (Kalki) being introduced to a bunch of richsters (rich+ youngsters, for the uninitiated)…The movie, in layers, delves deeper into the dark side of human behaviour. So much so, that after a certain time, every character’s role differed in every frame of footage. The pace was thus slick and free flowing.
What is even better, is the perfect blend of the characters in the movie… A silent Dushyant (Shiv Pandit, a ‘Siddharth’ wannabe), a very angry KC (Gulshan Devaiya, super acting), a chirpy Tanya (Kirti, hot hot), a scared Zubin (Neil Bhoopalam) and a demented Amrita (Kalki) make a very very natural, yet interesting set of people. The addition of an angry Mathur (Rajeev Khandelwal, Duhudde!) adds superb acting value to the movie. Not to forget an extremely funny role of Rajat Barmecha (Of Udaan fame), which does wonders to the underlying sarcasm of the movie.
Amazing photography, a fine and very crisp storyline , excellent editing and fantabulous background score (Khoya Khoya Chand, was mindblowing), make Shaitaan, truly dark and somehow sensible in every possible sense.
My Rating : Certainly deserves a 4 on 5
1. Congratulations Bijoy Nembiar for making a movie on events relative to the youth. Kalki’s dementia could’ve been better handled though.
2. Anurag Kashyap, ** bow down ** .. The cardinal sins of despair, wrath and greed have been well captured. But making the wife, the real protagonist, was very important.. Isn’t it?
A must one time watch. Afterall,it is not Rage.It is not Lust. It is not Excess… It is a Moment that brings out the Shaitaan in you 🙂