Starring Rahul Dev, Amit Jain, Chaitanya Chaudhury, Sachit Patel, Sanober Kabir, Prateeksha, Benjamin Gilani, Soni Razdan, Smita Jaykar, Ravi Jhankal, Anita Kanwal, Naresh Suri, Kunika and Anju Mahendru
Written/ Produced and Directed by Kalpana Lajmi
Music: Bhupen Hazarika
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Lajmi...a well respected director whose films always have a hard
hitting message to convey topped with some award winning performances!
Be it her earlier film the Dimple Kapidia starrer RUDAALI
or her last release which got Raveena Tandon her first National Award DAMAN.
This time round she is back again with another hard hitting film which
conveys a social message of sorts.
probes the dark side of rich urban society where children from
well-off and affluent families are pushed towards the life of drugs
and crime. Its the kind of movie which makes one sit up and take
notice right from the first frame. It raises a hundred and one
questions about why youths in our society choose to lead the reckless
life of drug, alcohol abuse, crime and murder? It shows us the erosion
of values between teenagers today
and how it is happening...but in the end..it leaves us with one big
question mark..KYON? And as the tagline rightly suggests..SOMEWHERE
SOMETHING WENT WRONG!
film revolves around Vikram (Chaitainya), Tony(Amit Jain), Amar(Sachir
Patel), Neha(Sanober Kabir) and Shilpa(Prateeksha). While four of them
are from the upperclass families Amar is from a middleclass family who
dreams of making it big by hanging out with his rich friends.
has her heart set on a car for her birthday but her father(Benjamin
Gilani) refuses to get her one as he feels Shilpa is being spoilt by
her mother. The four friends decide to plan a fake kidnap on Shilpa by
which they demand 20 lakhs from Shilpa parents so they can buy her the
car she wants on her birthday. Their plan easily succeeds and the five
decide to hit a rave where they indulge in a wild night of cocaine,
extacy, marijuana and alcohol. Very soon a argument sparks up between
Vikram, Tony, Neha and Shilpa. The argument soon turns deadly
and before they realise both Shilpa and Neha get murdered brutally and
ruthlesslely by the teen boys who are drug induced and have no idea
what is going on.
Inspector Aditya Solanki (Raahul Dev) who is handed the case to solve.
Solanki feels that Amar is innocent and is being pushed into accepting
the crime as his since he is from a middle class family unlike Vikram
whose dad is a home minister and Tony whose dad is a millionaire
business. How Solanki solves the case and comes to learn of the
shocking truth forms the crux of the movie.
songs in the movie also come across as a hindrance bar the BADALON
MEIN CHAAND CHUPA which leaves a lasting impact on the viewer.
flaws ruin a film that could've potentially been a classic of sorts
but nevertheless is worth a watch for sure.
terms of performances Raahul Dev is fantastic as the straight edged,
hot tempered cop. He has played a similar role in 88 ANTOP HILL but
here he gives life to his character and his dialogue delivery and
facial expressions are spot on!
Chaudhury is impressive in his role and enacts his part well. Amit
Jain comes across as a mixed bag. His portrayal of a drug f*ucked
teenager is utterly brilliant and 100% convincing at times where one
feels completely in awe of his performance, while in some instances he
tends to go overboard and tends to ham a little even. Sachit Patel as
the middleclass Amar springs a surprise with a confident performance.
His scene with his mother in the concluding reels of the movie are
From the female leads the two girls don't leave much of an impact at all. All they are required to do is shout and scream.
Hanzrikas musical efforts here have gone to waste. A film of this
nature required no songs at all and they just interefere with the
films pacing. Although the songs are soulful, they lack entertainment
value. BADALON MEIN on the other hand is a song that comes towards the
end is UTTERLY BRILLIANT and has a mesmerising effect on the viewer as
it plays each time in the movie.
background score is apt.
the film is ok. Cinematography by Mahesh Aney and Arvind Kannabiran
ranges from great to average. The scene with the teenagers partying in
clubs or raves come across as shoddy and blurry and are hard to
decipher. On the other hand the scenes where the youths have a scuffle
with the girls and the flashbacks they have at latter dates have been
canned with flair and style. The use of blurred, steadicam camera
angles are used to its full effects and enhance the reality of the
scenario. Also the scene where Rahul is interrogating the 2 youths in
prison and the camera switches from one to the other has lighting used
to great affect.
Despite these flaws KYON is worth a watch for sure simply because of the messages and questions it raises to the viewer. One hopes Kalpapa Lajmi gets all departments spot on next time and gives us a classic like RUDAALI.
film does have extensive use of drugs throughout the entire film
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