Kaalkaandi starring Saif Ali Khan showcases the actor in a never seen before avatar in this Akshat Verma’s directorial venture. Saif Ali Khan’s film is this year’s curtain raiser for Bollywood and the actor’s chance to break his 2017 jinx. With to back to back flops in 2017- Rangoon and Chef, Saif Ali Khan was eyeing to hit the box office with a bang in 2018. Kaalakaandi is an Indian dark comedy that revolves around a number of characters in the film. The film is based on a man (Saif Ali Khan) who one fine day is diagnosed with stomach cancer. How he deals with this traumatic situation is what the film is all about. Deciding to let lose soon after he encounters the news the protagonist goes through varied motions and comes across equally amusing people which builds up the story. The film has earned Rs 2.5 cr approximately on the opening day.
Verma who makes his directorial debut with the film had earlier worked as the script writer for the film Delhi Belly. The film comes from the makers of Delhi Belly and you can’t help but find some resemblance with it. Helmed by first time director Akshat Verma, he had earlier written the script for Delhi Belly. The film also features Deepak Dobriyal, Kunal Roy Kapur, actress Sobhita Dhulipala besides Saif.
Talking about his character, Saif says, ”This is a story of one night and different people. My character in the movie holds the trauma of Cancer patient who needs a change in his life. This movie narrates how everyone faces changes in their life by one night. Well, yes it’s a very sweet movie. Yesterday only we saw the entire film, it made us laugh and cry. And I am sure you guys will like this film.” He further adds, ” “To portray a sensitive issue in terms of laughter is a big thing. This movie carries bit of a cancer part which is relating with my character. ”
After the brilliance of Delhi Belly what we expected of Akshat was to repeat the similar success in Kaalakaandi as well. However, if you hit the theatre with this expectation, then there might be a little disappointment in store for you. Akshat tried hard to get there and the effort is quite evident, but its nothing like Delhi Belly. But Akshat does a fair job by ensuring some emotional, funny and nerve-wracking moments unfold memorably – the way he has handled scenes between Sheela and Khan is something worth mentioning. The movie highlights the Mumbai night and how it is unpredictable, dangerous, exciting and equally strange.