Film Review: ‘Kaal’ : Time To Die

Kaal – *ing Ajay Devgan, Esha Deol, John Abraham, Lara Dutta, Vivek Oberoi
Special Appearances: Malaika Arora Khan & Shah Rukh Khan
Worldwide Release – 29th April 2005
Runtime: 126 minutes (English subtitles in UK cinemas)

Kaal has collected £101,649 [approx. Rs. 83.72 lacs] on 21 screens over the last weekend, with the per screen average working out to £4,840. This is an exceptional start coming close to that of Veer-Zaara and excelling Black in its opening weekend had collected £66,284 [approx. Rs. 53.40 lacs] on 19 screens with the per screen average working out to £3,489. Statistics from indiafm.com

Kaal - Teaser Poster

My mission to Leicester* last weekend was all about this film. As always I booked my day off to ensure I caught this on the day of release. Having been given a 15 certificate, I think even the teaser poster tells you clearly enough that this isn’t another romantic comedy feel-good film.

This is outside of ‘that’ genre, which is scarcely tackled in the sparkling world of Bollywood. With a tagline like ‘Time to Die’ one may wonder if such a film would work with songs. My thoughts, if the mood of the songs were right, maybe, but the makers have played it safe & decided against it.

They’ve left the songs to merely background score which works quite well & compensated viewers with having two item number** songs for the opening & closing credits of the film.

The energetic ‘Kaal Dhamaal’*** song in the opening is a highlight for the SRK fans out there, myself inclusive, setting the pace nicely for what follows.

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Film Review: Coffee & Cigarettes

Coffee & Cigarettes
Description:
Jim Jarmusch has consistently wowed audiences with his truly distinctive cinematic vision. “Coffee & Cigarettes” proves once again that Jarmusch is a true original. This time around, the director tries his hand at the short film genre, delivering 11 shorts that are all based around the seemingly insignificant acts of drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes.

Review:
Initially I was expecting a bunch of clips put together about people who are enjoying their respective coffee & cigarettes. Although strictly speaking this isn’t an incorrect description for the film, the appeal of this film is the independence of each scene, combined with its connectedness through theme, symbols & dialogue. Shot in an artistic black-and-white, over the course of a 17-year-period, ‘Coffee And Cigarettes’ is truly original, and has a certain flow about it that keeps you engrossed.