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Times of India
Gritty crime drama
Amy (Kalki Koechlin) leaves LA for Mumbai when her NRI dad (Rajit Kapoor) decides to relocate. Nothing wrong with that except that Amy's had a disturbed childhood and has grown up into a disturbed teenager herself. What's more, she joins a group of rich, reckless and aimless young people in Mumbai who are hell-bent on living life on the edge. Drugs, fast cars and the perpetual search for a high lead Amy and her friends into a seething cauldron of crime and violence.
Is there a road back from hell? Does the spiral of violence spin relentlessly in one direction only: towards doom? Is there hope for the reckless and rootless young people who have all their dad's money to splurge and no motive of life to pursue?
Shaitaan isn't your run-of-the-mill Bollywood youth film that looks at life through rose-tinted prisms. On the contrary, it turns the camera three-sixty degrees and brings you the grime of a subterranean sub-culture that throbs amidst a certain section of metropolitan maverick twenty-somethings. Amy and her friends while away their long and listless hours indulging in the usual pastimes. They do drugs, take bizarre risks, conduct petty heists and race cars.... until one such race ends in an accident. That's the beginning of their descent into a vicious circle of crime and violence, where, in order to save themselves they are willing to put everything on the back burner, specially sanity and morality. And the fact that most of them do it with nonchalance strikes a chilling note.
Say hello to the desi Mickey and Mallory, Oliver Stone's Natural Born Killers. Shaitaan's gang of no-gooders may be a disturbing lot, but they are immensely watchable as they walk the tightrope between sanity and insanity. The entire ensemble cast performs well in their respective roles. Rajeev Khandelwal, the cop who doggedly chases them to their nemesis, proves once again (after Aamir) that he has great big screen presence too. But Shaitaan essentially belongs to debutant director Bijoy Nambiar who takes time to warm up, and once he does, there's no stopping him. Watch out for one scene particularly: the shoot-out at the grungy lodge played out against a new age rendition of the classic Khoya Khoya Chand. Gives you your money's worth.
Shaitaan is a disturbing yet delectable film. Go for a change of taste.
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