Sunil is home alone when the doorbell rings. The stranger at the door introduces himself as the husband of Chhaya – a woman that Sunil is having an affair with. The guest immediately asks many uncomfortable questions about their affair, becoming more and more intrusive.
What is the story about?
It’s a dark comedy which follows the events that occur at Sunil’s (Ranvir Shorey) Diwali party. With every guest arriving on that night brings a twist turning the festival of lights into a night of dark revelations. The film is written and directed by Rajat Kapoor.
The film carries an ensemble of brilliant cast who have created their own world in the glitzy Bollywood. A group of talent who bring a great amount of authenticity to the art of acting with their impeccable performances. Such is the case with “Kadakh”. To begin with, Ranvir Shorey (Sunil) dished out an amazing performance followed by Mansi Multani’s (Malti) commendable acting. Cyrus Sahukar’s (Yogesh) character was on a different level of annoying and he nailed it. Shruti Seth (Alka) and Tara Sharma (Sheetal) did a great job. And there was Chandrachoor Rai (Raghav) who surely leaves a strong impression. Also, Rajat Kapoor (Rahul) himself has played a vital role in the film along with the supporting cast Sagar Deshmukh, Nupur Asthana, Kalki Koechlin, Palomi Ghosh, Manoj Pahwa and Yamini Das.
Rajat Kapoor is well-known for his acting chops. But not many are aware of him as a writer and director. His Ankhon Dekhi (2014) and Mithya (2008) are well-acclaimed films among the others directed by him. In Kadakh he maintains a steady pace which runs for a sharp 94 minutes without taking a breath. The writing was brilliant and the way the characters shape up and how their twisted values surfaces were rendered in a witty manner. The fast-paced chaos keeps you hooked throughout and holds your undivided attention. I loved the way how Rajat spun a subplot to each character. As the story treads into action, besides being a dark thriller the comedy kicks in mercilessly making you laugh hard at the misery of its characters. The dialogues were well written and events in the film were quite real as it would be in any regular festival party at home, the arguments, gossips, random games and of course their skeletons in their closet. The subtle nuance of seeping in morality among the hypocrisy was brilliant. Kadakh surely sets an example of how small budget films can be made to become an instant hit with the audience without the usual gimmicks. It takes you on an insane trip which you enjoy till credits roll.
Music and other Departments
The music beautifully adapts to the situation, Sagar Desai did a wonderful job. The sound was spot on by Resul Pookutty & Arunav Dutta. Sures Pai was cutthroat with this editing. And Rafey Mahmood’s cinematography was great. The film was well packed with no room for errors despite its limitations.
Impeccable writing and brilliant performances laced with dark humour.
Did I enjoy it?
I thoroughly enjoyed it. And I’m sure you’ll enjoy it too. It’s one of those rare combinations of thriller and comedy which goes hand in hand.
Do I recommend it and why?
I strongly recommend it. Won’t take much of your time but definitely will leave a strong impression. It’s currently streaming on Sony LIV; please add this to your watch list.