"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears; I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him." As Marc Antony, in Julius Caesar, starts to persuade audience was the best way to make people listen and get them attuned with your thoughts. Slowly, how beautifully you take them along molding the perspective and hijacking the perception is an art. The same art, director is trying to experiment.
Writer Winnie Diaz (Anoushka) and her welcoming smile, after response of her question, shows as if she craves to be added in the list after Rubi (Sonam Kapoor), Manyata (Dia Mirza) and other 350 random women. Do notice the smile on Manyata's face also after this ‘350 count response’ excluding prostitutes. Probably director doesn't know how a wife reacts to this confession of her husband. Or, she is super human and got emotional nirvana.
Winnie cried and sobbed but nobody knows why! She met a drug dealer; she met a drug addict, a convicted criminal and then flew to America to explore the truth and coerced Kamli to speak and then came out with ‘Kuch To Log Kahege’ :-) logon ka kam hai kahana. If movie was just 15 minutes longer; Sanju and Winnie would have sung together ‘Chhodo bekar ki bataon me kahin beet na jaye raina.’
I wonder about the ingredients Kamli was made of. His personality would be a good research oriented book to write on, though may not appeal the audience. Imagine if Kamli would have done the same with Manyata (Diya Mirza) or with Rubi (Sonam Kapoor) what Sanju had done with his girlfriend, Sanju would have killed him. Poor Kamli didn’t get tired of calling Rubi, 'Rubi Bahan', 'Rubi Bahan'. But Kamli learnt a lesson the hard way; he decided not to get married at all. After all, a person having cat as a friend cannot confidently own rat for long.
Kamli was happy with drug addict, a womanizer but could not accept a 'terrorist' as his friend. He had sacrificed everything for his friend and then Dutt Sahab said, 'Kamli ek minute..bahar jao..' and he heard Dutt Sahab asking Sanju to confess that he knew everything about Mumbai blasts. Poor Kamli believed it to be true. Poor Kamli who spoke ‘snakes’ ‘hole’ me rakha hai grew on to own a software company and earned lots of money in America. OK! It happens.
Dutt Sahab was great man. This is also a perception created by that very media, which has been accused to be wrongly branding famous people. But believe it - as it is - this time as Sanju wants you to do so and Kamli also tells this. If he was really great, why he kept watching his son thrashing the drug dealer rather than calling the police and getting him arrested? He was a great man. Period. Believe media and believe whosoever thinks and says so. Let’s limit the criticism; this is still a convincingly well played character role of a helpless father.
- Amit Roop