Taut & Terrific
80%Overall Score

Streaming on SonyLIV

If you are one of those who recommend films like Mithya and Titli till you go blue in your face, you cannot afford to miss Rajat Kapoor’s Kadakh. The entire film takes place through a fateful night; the night of Diwali. The film sets the premise pretty quickly and then let’s all the chaos unfold in a stunningly beautiful fashion. Sunil (Ranvir Shorey) and Malti (Mansi Multani) are to host a huge Diwali party for their close friends and colleagues. However, Sunil has a visitor named Raghav the same morning who shoots himself in the head, with his blood all over their beautiful, creamy walls. Now that everyone is invited and it is too late to cancel the party, the couple has to host the party with Raghav’s body stashed away in the house.

Palpable thrill laced with dark humor

Kadakh is a taut thriller and offers moments of uncomfortable dark humor for…comic relief, for the lack of a better term. The film establishes the two moods co-existing with each other with finesse. On one hand, Malti and Sunil are thinking of the dead person in their house while the others seem to be enjoying their drink and celebrating success, blissfully unaware.

Never seen a better portrayal of human equations

The group of seven-eight socially close friends, including some married couples, share some strange chemistry. They are defensive with each other, they’re condescending and they don’t mind resorting to mind games to establish dominance. All this while they do seem like they’re good friends to one another.

So..oh many colorful characters

Every character seems alive and may very well exist among us. Shorey’s Sunil is a selfish man-child who does things without thinking of the consequences. The friends seem like people we meet and that makes the film even more engaging. The cast seems to be handpicked for their roles and the showcase of who’s who of human sociopaths is simply delightful.

The cast…oh my god

The cast is one of the highlights of the film as, without a deft cast, the film may have had to struggle to set up the complex mood of the film. Manoj Pahwa as a casually thieving uncle and Sagar Deshmukh as a kind-hearted but borderline crass friend from Thane stand out. We couldn’t get enough of Kalki so we are slightly sad. They’re so terrific that you feel like a fly on the wall at that party.

WATCH OR NOT
That’s a hard yes. Kadakh is a brilliant thriller with some terrific characters and performances. It’s a well-written film with moments of awe.

Director: Rajat Kapoor
Cast: Ranvir Shorey, Kalki Koechlin, Rajat Kapoor
Language: Hindi
Streaming on: SonyLIV