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Kaal January 4, 2007

Posted by Shujath in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.

Whenever I feel like writing about a crappy film I’ve seen in the past all I have to do is think of Vivek Oberoi…he’s starred in memorable duds which stay in your mind forever. Produced by Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan, Kaal promised to be a rocking suspense/horror flick (and some prominent reviewers felt it actually was) but in my opinion it is is one of the worst the genre has ever witnessed.

Debutante Soham who previously assisted Johar and Ramgopal Varma was touted to have blended the best elements of both schools of filmmaking with this film. Well, Varma’s Factory on its worst day can come up with a better horror flick and apart from flaunting cleavages there is nothing much similar to Johar’s films either. What I found really bad about this one is that it fails to adhere to even the simplest rule of a suspense thriller – If a certain person is explicitly portrayed to be the culprit then it is obvious that he/she isn’t the one. But to my surprise, here it was exactly the opposite. Probably the director was expecting a moronic audience to watch his film and so didn’t want to confuse them even a bit.

Oh..I forgot to mention the plot! All protoganists end up in a jungle where man-eater tigers are causing havoc. One by one everyone starts to die as the so called “mystery” slowly unfolds. Coming to the performances, Ajay Devgan as Kaali Pratap Singh is quite entertaining and reminds you a lot of the character “Bhulwa” he played in Rajkumar Santoshi’s Lajja. The other major cast comprising of Oberoi, John Abraham, Esha Deol and Lara Dutta have nothing much to do. The background score as well as the soundtrack by Salim-Sulaiman is the only saving grace.

BTW, the most hillarious part of the movie is that it actually has a potent message – Animal Conservation. If you are careless with animals, Kaal could happen to you!!! If you are still interested to watch this then see it along with a couple of friends with a good sense of humour….you might end up having a nice time watching this campy fare.



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