To begin with, I must say, watching a trailer and nothing is totally benefiting my film viewing experience. I lend myself to the Director’s dish inside a black room with no prejudices- so what comes is a fresh stock unlike those kept for days in the refrigerators of the five stars.

“Delhi Belly” (2011) was one hell of a ride which was written by Akshat Verma and 6 years later, he makes a debut as a Director. On the similar outrageous humor like “Delhi Belly”, this one is totally powered by a psychotropic substance which takes you on a high trip. “Kaalakaandi” is a Marathi slang for when things go disastrously wrong, and a word which I wasn’t aware of being a Marathi until the film came out. But Akshat Verma’s black comedy goes disastrously wrong in the second half with a thin plot despite the ever-flowing humor and an ensemble cast.

Three parallel narratives revealing the bizarre and darker side of the different worlds in the city of Mumbai. It’s a trippy film about life, death and karma. And as we all know, Karma is a Bitch. While the first half was an overwhelming dark comical ride, the second half suffered a thin plot and went on to become a philosophic trip. The film begins on a promising note with Saif’s track and only his track is the one which keeps hooked. While the three narratives look disconnect from each other with tedious intercuts.

Kunal Roy Kapoor who was goddamn hilarious in “Delhi Belly” underplays himself, but the comparison with the previous is an injustice to the character-written. Vijay Raaz and Deepak Dobriyal who have a gangster track is a total disaster and already-seen-that story which is uplifted only by the acting spirits of the two. Aplomb! And its always a treat to watch Vijay Raaz in such roles. Apart from an ensemble cast which is terrific, the film excels in the technical departments but that’s not enough to make a film work. Is it?

Saif Ali Khan chooses some amazing “ideas” which unfortunately don’t necessarily become good scripts but he never disappoints. He embraces his character with totally inner-acting-demon (what even) and has a great time persuading the role. Unfortunately, the script doesn’t help him much.

“Kaalakaandi” is an underwhelming black comedy which surely trips the “psychotropic” nature but doesn’t affect to its maximum level.

Language: Hinglish
Release: 12 January, 2018
Director: Akshat Verma
Rating: 2/5


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