Koi Jaane Na movie review: Kunal Kapoor's film is narratively weak with veneer-thin characters

Koi Jaane Na movie review: Kunal Kapoor's film is narratively weak with veneer-thin characters
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Koi Jaane Na movie review: Kunal Kapoor's film is narratively weak with veneer-thin characters

In my callow formative years, I watched the Aftab Shivdasani/Gracy Singh starrer Muskaan (2004) in a single-show cowl theater in Darbhanga, Bihar (it’s the place I used to be born, the place my grandmother level-headed lives). Not most attention-grabbing was the movie a flaming scorching mess, it moreover appeared to be edited with a cleaver —121 minutes of runtime had been diminished to merely over 90, due to of which our enterprising Darbhanga hall-proprietor was prepared to hurry a suggestions-boggling six relief-to-relief displays (bookended by delicate-porn fare).

Years later, I most attention-grabbing be unsleeping two issues: one, that Aftab actually will get to level-headed’ve caught to modeling and two, that the murderer inside the movie was carried out by the versatile Vrajesh Hirjee, saddled with a goatee and a clichéd (perchance homophobic) clothier persona referred to as ‘Saturn’ (I don’t know why each).

Since that day, I even get not watched such a gloriously sloppy mainstream Bollywood movie as I did earlier this present day — this was Koi Jaane Na, directed by Amin Hajee and starring Kunal Kapoor, Amyra Dastur et al. Muskaan, delight in Feeble Bollywood relics, had songs merely inside the beginning put of the movie, in order that of us coming leisurely don’t miss the memoir. So does Koi Jaane Na, which begins with the Aamir Khan/Elli Avram music ‘Har Fan Maula’ which method “all-rounder” or “applicable on the whole lot” in Hindi.

Sadly for Hajee, Koi Jaane Na fails to find a single filmmaking self-discipline merely, necessary much less all of them. The memoir is feeble, the characters are veneer-skinny, the screenplay is loaded with 80s clichés (Bombay is the “metropolis that by no method sleeps”, as an illustration) and the performances are shockingly unfavorable, to be merely. The characters, the women in specific, are a parade of worn-out tropes: the ‘gaon ki gori’, the manic pixie dream woman, the conniving ex-wife.

Koi Jaane Na movie review Kunal Kapoors film is narratively weak with veneerthin characters

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The protagonist Kabir (Kapoor) is a infamous author of a motivational bestseller, which is this movie’s idea of ‘extreme’ literature (no motivational e-book has ever been literature; battle me, cowards). When Kabir, with author’s block, is unable to jot down the sequel to his non-fiction bestseller, his writer (who’s moreover his scheming ex-wife) affords him a licensed ultimatum. The self-discipline is, Kabir has moreover been writing Hindi pulp thrillers on the facet, that includes his vigilante persona Zaraan Khan; if this recordsdata turns into public he will be compelled to close reduction his Rs 50-lakh attain. To clear up this self-discipline, Kabir retreats to his Panchgani bungalow to hammer out a unique motivational e-book inside three months — besides any individual realises {that a} slew of copycat revenge killings is related to Zaraan Khan and subsequently, Kabir himself.

Amyra Dastur (taking half in Suhana, a manic pixie dream woman) searching for to articulate Hindi phrases is about as applicable as Donald Trump’s makes an attempt at getting “Vivekananda” out of his mouth. Hajee casts himself in an predominant supporting place as a sleuthing reporter, most attention-grabbing his persona appears to be incapable of uttering phrases that aren’t moreover 70s and 80s Bollwood lyrics.

The legit Ashwini Kalsekar is visibly drained and sleepwalks through her umpteenth cop place. Even Atul Kulkarni, taking half in a well being care supplier, appears to be to be in on the shaggy canine memoir. And by all of this, Kunal Kapoor delivers but yet one more underwhelming efficiency — the Rang De Basanti actor is as straightforward on the witness as ever, however he actually should supply deciding on scripts that don’t stare delight in they might whisk on assistance from a Champak order. Movies delight in Luv Shuv Tey Rooster Khurana or Raag Desh had been moreover failures inside the closing equation, to be merely, however that they had numerous redeeming elements. Perchance any individual can train Ketto (the crowdsourcing platform Kapoor co-basically primarily based) to cobble collectively script for Kapoor?

It’s a shame, actually, due to in opposition to all odds, Koi Jaane Na did get the additional particular second the place these characters will get explored some well-known, most incessantly Indian binaries. Admire Kabir’s twin identification as a Hindi and an English author—as his agent (Achint Kaur, having enjoyable with a burgundy-ish hairdo) explains, Kabir the English author is the “pondering woman’s intercourse image”, however Kabir the Hindi author of penny dreadfuls carries instantaneous decrease-center-class connotations. “Yeh bus stand pe bikne waali kitaabein likhoge?” (Will you write these bus-stand books now?) she asks him, visibly vexed. Or the premise of writers preferring the worlds they type to the worlds they in reality dwell in, or the premise of writers being glorified stalkers. Alas, Koi Jaane Na drops each of these strands the second they originate turning into even mildly attention-grabbing, and moreover they’re by no method thought-about once more.

Amin Hajee clearly loves the flicks; of that there’s no query. The opening credit score include an gripping sequence that asserts the title of his manufacturing house. It elements Bagha the mute drummer, the persona Hajee carried out in Lagaan, his most efficient-identified place until date. It’s a joyous itsy-bitsy gripping jig. And fellow Lagaan stable folks Aamir Khan and Apoorva Lakhia enact their bits in Koi Jaane Na, however salvaging this movie is, sadly, previous their blended powers.

Score: *

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