Tejaswini Kohlapure and the great Kay Kay Menon in a still from Paanch.

Tejaswini Kohlapure and the great Kay Kay Menon in a still from Paanch.

 

“The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter” says the great Greek playwright Sophocles and this statement quite beautifully reflects the essence of the Anurag Kashyap directed masterpiece called “PAANCH”. Although this movie as not yet got a theatrical release due to censorship issues its leaked preview copy is available on the internet and can be viewed on various torrent sites as well as youtube. What makes this movie special is the story, and the overall treatment of the movie including the performances from a talented cast, and for this total credit must go to the genius of a man called “ANURAG KASHYAP”.

 

The plot which is based on the life of a five member rock band does not possess a linear screenplay and switches from past to present which certainly makes the movie very engaging for the audience. The plot begins with lives of a rock band which consist of four males and one females which includes Luke(Kay Kay Menon), Murgi(Aditya Shrivastava), Pondy(Vijay Maurya), Joy(Joy Fernandes), and Shiuli(Tejaswini Kohlapure). This group which is totally involved in drug and alcohol use is lead by the psychotic Luke with whom the rest of the members share an apartment which as a matter of fact is also owned by Luke himself. This group is desperate to make it big in the music world and for that they are desperate for money. It is under extreme pressure of making it big and becoming famous that this group resort to kidnapping one of their friend and extort money from his rich father. It is at this point that things go wrong for this group which leads to murder, robbery and a shocking climax that will certainly surprise the audience.

 

The movie has been shot very realistically with minimal lighting and on realistic locations such the warehouse used by the group for their rehearsal or Luke’s house which certainly brings the story to life and all credit must go to art director Wasiq Khan and cinematographer Natarajan Subramanium. Of such high quality is the photography by Natarajan that it certainly brings to life the stark reality of evil in the story quite beautifully. The screenplay by the director himself is extremely free flowing and tight thus managing to create great suspense right until the climax. The editing by Aarti Bajaj is crisp and she certainly takes great care of maintaining a flowing screenplay, and thus making the movie an engaging watch. As for the music by Vishal Bharadwaj which is average to say the least with the songs “Main Khuda” and “Yeh Kaisa hain Shehar” being the best of the lot. The background score done by Vishal once again is fairly good and certainly reflects the dark theme of the movie quite well. As for the direction of Anurag Kashyap which can only be termed as real and extremely raw and which has now become a trademark for all Kashyap’s movies. Apart from a very real visual treatment what he has also done well is that he has managed to add humor through dialogues even though the movie is based on a dark theme. He has also managed to handle the interactions between the five protagonists with a fair dose of realism which is very rare especially in Hindi cinema. Although the fact remains that the extremely real and abusive language used in this movie means that it can only be viewed by adults which is a small drawback in an otherwise great movie.

 

So coming to the performances of the cast which all one can say is top class especially Kay Kay Menon. So be it Aditya Shrivastav who as the silent and intense Murgi is extremely impressive and plays the silence required in his role to perfection. The fun loving Joy Fernandes as Joy is also good and certainly helps adding the much required humor in an otherwise intense plot. The coward and madly in love Vijay Maurya as Pondy is competent and brings out the fear for his life and his love for Shiuli the female member of the group quite nicely. As the only female member among guys Tejaswini Kolhapure as the wicked Shiuli is quite average and does a decent if not a good job to say the least.  The rest of the supporting cast that includes Vijay Raj and Sharat Saxena are competent and play their roles with conviction. Last but not the least is the vintage performance by the intense Kay Kay Menon as the psychotic Luke who also happens to be the leader of the group. What makes his performance so special is simply the fact that he has managed bring out an almost psychotic kind of menace that his character required with great intensity. So be it in the scene where he kills the kidnapped friend or in the scene where he beats up two bus conductors he is sheer brilliant, and certainly proves with this performance that he can truly be called an artist and not just an actor.

 

Overall, as a movie Paanch certainly has all the required ingredients to make it a masterpiece which includes a great story,  masterful direction by the talented Anurag Kashyap ,and some great performances by the cast. Above all what this movie certainly proves is that the greed to earn money and fame at any cost can certainly bring out pure evil in humans especially in today’s materialistic world.

 

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  “The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter” says the great Greek playwright Sophocles and this statement quite beautifully reflects the essence of the Anurag Kashyap directed masterpiece called “PAANCH”. Although this movie as not yet got a theatrical release due to censorship issues its...