shaitanWhat to look out for: Clever use of music and Rajeev Khandelwal

Let’s get straight to the point. Yes, it’s definitely worth a watch. Recklessly charming, it’s synonyms with today’s youth. In their world everything is about ‘right now’. Drug infused instant pleasure with a short shelf life. They take pride in this wild ‘we live just once’ lifestyle. That’s exactly what the film is, reckless, wild, unselfconscious and most importantly ‘hollow’. Why should u watch it then? Well, because it amusing. It’s like a social experiment, where you put a bunch of ‘uber cool’ wisecrack kids in a tough spot and watch them turn on each other and fall apart, piece by piece.

shaitanThat being said, “Shaitan” scores high on the style quotient. Snazzy camera work, remixed retro music, snappy editing, it’s got all the Anurag Kashyap trademarks intact. An encounter sequence shot to the tunes of a remixed ‘Khoya Khoya Chand’ is exceptionally fascinating. The same goes for the rest of the musical score, used well; it adds a razor sharp edge to the chase sequences. There’s a ton of satirical humor to all this as well. Particularly in scenes involving a government office clerk deriving sadistic pleasure out of divorce paperwork and a typically non-compliant Mumbai rickshaw wala being kicked into action.

shaitan5 teenagers, best of friends until on accident changes everything. That’s all there is to the story. Now let’s talk performances; Rajeev Khandelwal is an obvious stand out, striking the perfect balance between bad-ass cop and vulnerable husband. He’s like a good looking version of Atul Kulkarni, perfectly emoting internal turmoil and bottled-up temper through his eyes. One can’t imagine why he doesn’t do more films. Kalki again nails the troubled teen with a dark past act. The rest of the characters were not allowed to fully develop and ended up being slightly stereotypical. A couple of surprise cameos add a nice touch as well. Raj Kumar Yadav and Nikhil Chinnappa as cops are worth mentioning.

Towards the end, you hope that “Shaitan” had a stronger point to make. Because it is devoid of soul, you don’t care what happens to the characters. Disturbed stories have disturbing endings, right? Whatever it is that “Shaitan” tries to tell you, it’s wicked and twisted enough to make the grey cells churn. So, watch it.

[Rating: 3.5]

Malvika Rao

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  1. kit

    June 12, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    crappiest crappy crap crapped till date

    • Kathreen

      June 21, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      You’ve got it in one. Couldn’t have put it betetr.


    June 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    As of now, Can’t comment but going to see eveving show, thereafter will update the review…

    • Prudence

      June 21, 2011 at 8:17 pm

      Now I know who the bairny one is, I’ll keep looking for your posts.

  3. Neelima

    June 12, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    A movie worth watching.has a good grip. Rajeev Khandelwal stands
    Out for his commendable perfomance.All actors have done justice to their character.

    • Buckie

      June 22, 2011 at 1:17 am

      With the bases loaded you stucrk us out with that answer!

  4. Constance

    June 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Thank God! Someone with brains sapeks!

  5. Jessalyn

    June 21, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    You have shed a ray of sunshine into the forum. Tahkns!

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