After a lot of delays, Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakaandi directed by Akshat Verma finally hit theatres today. The film was not cleared by the Censor Board thanks to the content of the dark comedy. But later from 72 cuts, the film was passed with just one cut and a U/A certificate by the FCAT (Film Certification Appellate Tribunal). Aamir Khan really enjoyed the film and thought Kaalakaandi is one of the funniest films he had watched in a long time. He also loved all the performances in the film, especially the one by Saif. While Aamir’s review of Kaalakaandi really made us impatient for the film, take a look at what the leading media outlets have to say about Saif’s latest offering. Take a look. (ALSO READ: Aamir Khan Just Reviewed Saif Ali Khan’s Kaalakaandi And We Can’t Wait To Watch It! )
Anupama Chopra in her review said, “Kaalakaandi is – trippy, cheerfully absurd and in places, laugh-out-loud funny. Akshat, the writer of Delhi Belly, has a keen eye and ear for the ridiculous. The psychedelic, anything-goes vibe is hard to sustain and energy levels take a definite dip in the second half. Kaalakaandi reminded me of another movie about one night in Mumbai – Sudhir Mishra’s wonderful Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin. But this film has an energy and texture that is uniquely Akshat. ”
“Kaalakaandi braids together various narrative strands that unfold after-hours.Despite some clever conversational humour and sight gags, these strands struggle to leave an imprint. Verma’s best writing is reserved for Saif Ali Khan’s character. In Kaalakaandi, Khan moves smoothly between behaviour that is outrageous and touching, delivers whacky lines with aplomb, and conveys the movie’s desired madcap quality without a trace of self-consciousness. ” stated Scroll in its review.
According to DNA, if you like your cinema experimental and edgy, give this one a try. In their review, they stated, ” Writer-director Akshat Verma whose previous writing work in Delhi Belly(2011) won him accolades does a good job of writing this cinema noir. However, he falters in the direction part because he is not able to control the pace needed for a thriller. ” (ALSO READ: Kaalakaandi Song Kaala Doreya: Saif Ali Khan’s Varied Emotions Are The Highlight Of This Punjabi Folk )
KoiMoi in its review said, “Saif Ali Khan is now officially the best actor to do a trippy act. He’s the silver lining of this dark cloud. Without Saif Ali Khan, Kaalakaandi would’ve been worse than what it is now. From this point, he needs to filter out some really good projects because there’s just downhill from now.”
“Kaalakaandi fails to rise above insipidness; none of the tracks is compelling, no character or situation persuasive enough. Director Akshat Verma neither gives the film any freshness and novelty, nor any depth and deliberation. Even the supposed black humour isn’t part enough to tickle consistently” according to the film critic of The Hindu.