Movie Review: Kaalakaandi (2018)

Box Office: Flop

kaalaKAALAKAANDI is the story of how people from diverse backgrounds converge in one maddening night in Mumbai. Rileen (Saif Ali Khan) finds out that he’s suffering from stomach cancer and that he has only a few days to live. Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala) is dating Zubin (Kunaal Roy Kapur) and has a flight to catch. She goes to meet Ayesha (Shenaz Treasury) as it’s her birthday. They meet in a club and sadly there is a raid by cops. Tara realises that she’ll get late for the flight thanks to the raid and subsequent investigation and makes a daring plan to escape. Waris (Deepak Dobriyal) and Amjad (Vijay Raaz) work for the dreaded gangster Raza (Asif Basra). They make a plan to get rich overnight by deceiving Raza. Angad (Akshay Oberoi) is Rileen’s brother who is getting married the same night to Neha (Amyra Dastur). He gets a call from his ex-girlfriend Selina (Amanda Rosario). She tells him that she is in Mumbai and wants to meet him immediately. Angad immediately agrees. How all these tracks make an impact on the lives of the characters that night forms the rest of the film.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.0 “Directed by Akshat Verma, this film is trippy, cheerfully absurd and in places, laugh-out-loud funny but the energy levels take a definite dip in the second half”
Annupma Chopra
3.0 “Kaalakaandi doesn’t always provide it, but there’s enough intrigue to play along.”
3.0 “Saif Ali Khan Makes His Character Work In Fizzy, Freewheeling Film”
NDTV Movies
3.0 “Akshat Verma’s film is all about finding calm in lunacy”
3.0 “Kaalakaandi will guarantee a ‘good trip”
3.0 “Saif’s Outrageous, Dangerous & Ridiculous Behaviour Makes It A Must Watch!”
3.0 “These kaands make a ‘messy’ cocktail”
3.0 “This film is the kind of space Saif naturally inhabits — bringing to the fore his A-game as the most naturally goofy star ever!”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Saif’s heart-warming bond with Nary Singh is the highlight of the film and will go down in the history of Indian cinema as one of the most iconic Queer moments.”
2.5 “Overall with good production quality, debutant director Akshat Verma’s attempt at this noir comedy is engaging but it goes without saying that the script material tries to sell itself a little too hard.”
2.5 “Saif Ali Khan delivers in lacklustre fare”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Stoned Saif Ali Khan Takes You On A Bad Trip”
2.0 “Saif Ali Khan outshines a sloppy script”
1.5 ” KAALAKAANDI has a promising first half but goes completely downhill. At the box office, it has slim chances of becoming commercially successful.”

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