Kuttey boasts of a stellar star cast, the stuff made of dreams. The movie stars Tabu, Arjun Kapoor, Kumud Mishra, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Radhika Madan with cameos by Anurag Kashyap, Naseeruddin Shah, and Ashish Vidyarthi. Makes for a great show, doesn’t it? Kuttey is an action thriller directed by Aasmaan Bhardwaj and tells the story of one rainy night when three stray gangs unknowingly cross paths and now have to fend for themselves.
Needed more than cuss words and violence
Kuttey is just a whole lot of cuss words and people shooting at each other. That’s what happens in the entirety of its 108 minutes. The movie is divided into five parts, the prologue, chapters 1-3 and an epilogue. The prologue of Kuttey titled Laxmi Bomb starts with Laxmi, a Naxalite in jail telling a policeman that she wants to be free from him and his master. Her comrades soon come shooting bullets and swinging knives to free her. The first chapter, aptly titled Sab ka Maalik Ek, is where the story begins.
Gopal (Arjun Kapoor) and his fellow police officer known as Paaji (Kumud Mishra) are as corrupt as they come. They are deep in the pockets of the local goons and drug dealers. The two are soon caught by their fellow cops and suspended when drugs are found on them. When they go to a senior officer Pammi (Tabu), she asks for a crore to help them out. In order to save themselves, Gopal decides to loot a private security van that’s carrying three to four crore rupees.
By the next couple of chapters, Lovely (Radhika Madan) and her lover also join the quest to loot the money-filled van, and so do Pammi, Paaji, and their gang. Every character in this movie is bloodthirsty. It’s every dog for itself and that’s what the movie proves over and over. And if there is a larger message Kuttey wanted to deliver, I am at a loss as to what it is.
Even strong actors can’t save this mediocrity
Tabu gives a fabulous performance. In fact, hers is probably the only character that has been fleshed out at least slightly. The rest of the characters are just there to drop gaalis and shoot guns. Despite the talent in this movie, it can’t rise above the mediocrity of the story or the script. Arjun Kapoor, as an actor, continues to disappoint. While Konkana Sen Sharma and Radhika Madan try their best, they are such poorly written characters that no amount of acting can save them.
Kuttey is now in theatres.
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