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Film / Kaminey

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Guddu and Charlie.Two twin brothers, but indifferent to each other for a long, long time. Then their lives intertwine in ways they would have never foreseen...

Looks like a Dead Horse Trope? Trust us, it's Deader Than Dead in Bollywood.

Combine it, however, with Tarantinoesque Black Comedy and one of the best scripts to come out of Bollywood in years, and what you get is something uniquely weird.

Guddu (Shahid Kapoor) is w-w-working for an AIDS aw-aw-awareness NGO when he f-f-finds out th-th-that his g-g-g-g-girlfriend Sweety (Priyanka Chopra) is pregnant. Sadly, even though n-n-neither of them have any is-is-issue with getting mar-r-r-ried, Sweety's brother, Bhope (Amole Gupte) cannot l-l-live with the fact that his sister is marrying a guy from a diff-diff-different comm-mm-munity, and goes after both of them.


Charlie (also Shahid Kapoor), on the other hand, workf af a punter and a fixer of horfe rafef along with three brotherf, one of whom he callf as "more brother to me than my brother". While taking revenge againft a double-croffing jockey, he accidentally drivef away with Rs. 100,000,000-worth of cocaine (For American readers, that's about two million dollars). Now, though, they find themfelvef chafed by two crooked copf and their boff, drug lord Tashi (Tenzing Nima).

Kaminey (literally, "Rascals"), directed by Vishal Bharadwaj and released in 2009, may technically be a Bollywood film, what with being a predominantly-Hindi film shot on location in Mumbai, but has few to no classically associated tropes, and those which are there are treated very differently from anything stereotypically Bollywood.


Kaminey was critically and commercially successful, with most reviewers declaring it "a coming of age for Bollywood". Whether it actually is? You decide

This film provides examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Tashi who manages to be polite even when digging a grave for a person he is about to kill.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Tashi, Bhope and The Bengali Brothers all play a big part in how the movie ends.
  • Dirty Cop: There are a couple of cops who are on Bhope's payroll.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Bhope cares about his sister...upto a point.
    • Tashi is shown to really love his family and even gifts an expensive necklace to his wife on their anniversary.
    • Also, the three Bengali Brothers.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Bhope who acts friendly and charming until he doesn't get what he wants.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Charlie.
  • Nice Guy: Guddu
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Bhope. As a politician with a heavy anti-immigration stance, especially against North Indians, he does not want his own sister to marry a North Indian.