Verdict: A colorful dark comedy that offers more than sex, booze and dope.

Seven years ago, Bollywood film Delhi Belly changed the face of Indian cinema. It was one of the most talked about films of the time, mainly due to its R-rated content. India was not new to dark comedies, but this one catered to a different niche of audience. Now, from the writer and associate director of Delhi Belly comes another dark comedy, with a similar plot. Kalakaandi is a comedy of errors , wherein one fateful night changes the lives of all its characters. It is funny yet serious, dark yet colorful, and definitely not a run-of-the-mill Bollywood film.

What’s Kalakaandi About:

Saif Ali Khan is undoubtedly the most important character in this film, where three stories run parallel. His character is a simpleton, who never drinks, never smokes…you get the gist. On the day of his brother’s wedding, he learns that he has stomach cancer, giving him only a few months to live. Knowing that he has nothing to lose, he drops a microdot (acid, LSD or drugs to the layman) and is tripping for the rest of the film. His brother, played by Akshay Oberoi, sort of cheats on his fiancé, when an old girlfriend calls him over to her hotel room.

In the second story, a much-in-love couple is almost on the verge of a breakup as the girl, played by Sobhita Dhulipala, is moving to another country. Just before her flight, she and her boyfriend (Kunaal Roy Kapur) decide to attend a friend’s birthday party, where the night has a lot more in store for them. Meanwhile, Vijay Raaz and Deepak Dobriyal work for the mafia, whom they try to thwart. But greed overcomes them and they might just betray each other to get what they want.

Kalakaandi Film Still - BookMyShow

What Works:

The plot of the movie is extraordinary and the trailer is bound to catch everyone’s attention. The movie is just an extension of the trailer and fulfills all your expectations. Saif Ali Khan is comfortable in his role of the good-boy-gone-bad and on more than one occasion, we wondered if his performance was an homage to his acting skills or if he was really under influence throughout the film. While the supporting characters played their part well, it was Vijay Raaz and Deepak Dobriyal who managed to stand out with their performances.

Visuals play a great role in this film and you will know why if you have ever tripped on such banned substances. There is a distortion of reality and we get to see a lot of it from Saif’s character’s perspective. The music and background score is befitting to the plot, although none of the songs are as legendary as Delhi Belly’s soundtrack.

Kalakaandi Film Still - BookMyShow

What Could Have Been Better:

Towards the end of the movie, it is evident that the stories don’t seem to go anywhere. The three stories hardly converge and there is a disconnect due to this factor.

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

If you have ever been under influence, you will connect with this film in an instant. But you’re bound to enjoy it even otherwise, as the colorful characters keep you entertained for most of the movie. Catch this one if you’re bored with the regular Bollywood stuff and want something more relatable or simply amusing.