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03-31-2012, 12:03 AM #1
Review: Blood MoneyStar Cast: Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri, Manish Choudhary, Sandip Sikand, Mia Uyeda and Karan Mehra.
Director: Vishal Mahadkar
Producer: Mahesh Bhatt
Music Directer: Jeet Ganguly, Siddharth Haldipur, Sangeet Haldipur and Pranay M Rijia.
Blood Money is primarily, the tale of an over-ambitious guy Kunal Kadam (Kunal Khemu), who in order to make it big in life, moves from Mumbai to Cape Town along with his wife Aarzoo (Amrita Puri). Kunal grabs a job in a diamond export company, owned by brothers Zaveri (Manish Choudhary) and Dinesh( Sandip Sikand) and soon lands up at a lavish mansion with a chauffer driven posh car. While Aarzoo still sticks to her middle-class values and demands a simple life, Kunal on the contrary, keeps on compromising in the name of dreams. But, hell breaks loose when the ugly truth of the diamond smuggling and mafia associated with his company is revealed to him. Now, how will Kunal manage to get out of this mess is the rest of the story.
The narration begins on a thin note with some ultra-intruding songs, which do nothing but hamper the flow of the story. In the midst of the pre-interval moments, one starts drawing comparisons with the same banner’s Jannat. Amrita like Sonal, feels lonely as her husband Kunal like Emraan is engrossed in his profession. What adds to the agony is an absurd climax beginning with a bruised Kunal managing to escape the office with important documents with no sign of security guards in the premises. Secondly, he effortlessly manages to get in touch with Interpol despite his super influential boss acting like a watchdog.
Kunal Khemu is an actor par excellence, but his endeavors have gone in vain due to a poor script. Amrita Puri is good most of the times, but overacts at some places. Manish Choudhary brings back the memories of Rocket Singh- The Salesman Of The Year as a strict and brutal boss. Sandip Sikand is brilliant in his small but pivotal role. Mia Uyeda plays her part well but fails to add oomph factor, which is much required in the film. Karan Mehra is simply wasted in an absurd role.
Vishal Mahadkar as a debutant director looks very promising and surely can be given a benefit of doubt, as the problem lies in scripting and screenplay. Some scenes like the one where Manish gauges the mind of Kunal, while digging into some delicious Italian food are brilliantly shot. His direction somehow, induces life in the otherwise dull affair.
Music/ Dialogues/ Cinematography/Editing:
Music unlike other Vishesh Films, fails to impress and as mentioned earlier, breaks the flow of the narration. Dialogues are noticeable most of the times, barring a few occasions when Amrita says, she will not go back to Mumbai as a widow. Cinematography complements the direction. Ditto goes for editing thus, the movie moves fast as each sub-plot unfolds.
3ups and downs:
Good performances, direction, cinematography and editing are strong points. Poor script, loose screenplay and music are the drawbacks.
Overall, Blood Money is like old wine in a new bottle and can be easily given a miss.
...being a human...
03-31-2012, 01:01 AM #2
Blood Money' is a bore-a-thon of a movieCast: Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri, Manish Chaudhary
Director: Vishal Mahadkar
'Blood Money' stars Kunal Khemu as an MBA graduate who arrives in Cape Town with his wife (played by Amrita Puri of 'Aisha'), where he's accepted a job at a major diamond-trading firm. Even before he can change out of the clothes he flew in wearing, he's handed over the keys to a plush home, a swanky car, and some 'settling-in' cash.
Like the character played by Tom Cruise in the 1993 thriller 'The Firm', from which 'Blood Money' is so clearly inspired, our hero is seduced by the lure of the new lifestyle that his job affords him. But when he stumbles upon the truth that his bosses are engaged in sinister businesses involving illegal trading, mafia funding, and murder, he must ask himself if he's comfortable living off such ill-gotten gains.
Filmed indifferently, and without infusing the urgency that this kind of plot demands, first-time director Vishal Mahadkar delivers a bore-a-thon of a movie, complete with archaic dialogues and stereotypes for characters. From the creepy boss who finishes every conversation by declaring "superb"; to the office hottie who seduces our hero; to the whining wife who's tired of waiting for her husband to show up for meals…every character in 'Blood Money' is a cardboard caricature.
Predictable from start to finish, the movie unfolds at an excruciatingly slow pace, and throws up no surprises - not even the 'twist' in the end, which you will more than likely guess. Even the film's key plot-point – the crisis of conscience that our hero goes through – is treated so matter-of-factly that you can't help wondering if the director was as tuned-off as you are.
Kunal Khemu and Amrita Puri are likeable actors, but they're saddled with dull roles that allow no room for maneuvering. The film has some hummable music, but that's faint praise for this mess of a movie.
I'm going with one-and-a-half out of five for Blood Money. Watch it if you're having trouble sleeping lately.
Rating: 1.5 / 5...being a human...
04-25-2012, 03:44 PM #3