Friday, 24th June 11:05 AM IST
Nawazuddin Siddique is good, Vicky Kaushal is decent, very well shot
cliche treatment, lazy direction
Watch it for Nawzuddin and interesting tale Of Raman Raghav
Anurag Kashyap delivered mammoth disaster 'Bomaby Velvet' and superb films like 'No Smoking', 'Dev D' and 'Blackfriday' in past. Now he is back with twisted tale of Raman Raghav, a infmaous serial killer.
Saru, full name Saraswati, is an obedient daddy’s girl. Inder is a broody, massively-tattooed loner. And ‘Sanam Teri Kasam’ , not to be confused with the ’82 film of the same name, is a manual of how Not to make a contemporary romantic film.
Picture this: a heavy-handed father who thunders, flinging out instructions on how wife and daughters ought to behave. Falling in love with an unsuitable boy, ‘aiyyo rama’. Acting on your own will, ‘parmeshwara’. Doing what your heart tells you to, ‘aaj se thum mere liye marr gayi’.
Which leaves Saru (Mawra Hocane) to smile, simper, weep. Hesitate. Propitiate. And to look at her stony-faced father (Chowdhary, trying very hard to be a credible South Indian patriarch and failing) who’d rather conduct a wake than understand his daughter’s desires, and wait for his ‘permission’ before she can take a step forward. (Read: Ghayal Once Again, Sanam Teri Kasam to clash at box-office today)
Inder (Harshwardhan Rane, armed with impressive bod, limited expression), who has daddy issues of his own, scowls and growls. The deep hurt caused by his dad is revealed much too late, and much too cursorily. The rest is filled by these two unlikely characters—Inder and Saru—developing feelings, over a brain tumour, impending tragedy, and more tears.
Film is loosely inspired from real story of dreaded serial killer Raman Raghav from 1960's in Mumbai. Raman Raghav (Nawazuddin Siddique) is on killing spree and there is cop Raghavan (Vicky Kaushal) chasing him who himself is torn between cocaine addiction and his lady love. There is clear depiction of both contrasting yet similar personalities, one is killer in a uniform and other is in plain clothes. From Raman's first misadventure with his sister to the lengthy climax speech, this one is an interesting watch.
Film has very dark treatment. Film has typical Anurag Kashyap moments where violence and gore take over the narrative with really irritating background score. Film does hold interest to an extent but some cliche direction makes it bit boring at times.
Performance wise, Nawzuddin again proves his worth but he does look repetitive and tired at times. Watch out for climax speech, spell-bounding! Vicky Kaushal is superb and shows maturity as an actor once again after 'Masaan'. Vipin Sharma shines in brief role.
Film has decent editing. Background music is cliche. Cinematography is perfect, production design is apt and costumes are okay. Music is routine.
Director Anurag Kashyap delivers a better film than his last wannabe big budget Bollywood film but still he repeats himself from 'Ugly' and other films. He manages to keep you interested to an extent but he tries to do too much without venturing into newer spaces cost him big.
Film will release today and it will get decent reviews but it will get poor opening as it has no pre release buzz plus it has some good films at box office to compete with. Film will struggle to make any kind of impact unless superb word of mouth works magic.
Go for this one if you want to witness a chilling crime tale!