Two thieves, Khalujaan [Naseeruddin Shah] and Babban [Arshad Warsi], are on the run from a don, Mushtaq. They seek refuge at a friend’s (Verma) house, but instead meet his widow, Krishna [Vidya Balan]. The time spent together draws the duo to her, Khalu dreams about her in a traditional style while Babban plays the typical hindi film ’hawas ka pujaari’. But soon…things take a different turn with regular shockers!
The good part of the story is that it never goes over the top and the romance tracks are taotally believable. Right from the beginning its clear that Vidya Balan is making a ‘Ch….am sulphate’ of Naseer and Arshad. And despite that the plot doesn’t get predictable and holds you through an intriguing climax.
Director Abhishek Chaubey comes from the ‘Vishal Bhardwaj’ school and does a commendable job of executing a watertight script. Even the songs, unlike in other movies, take the story forward. GulzarSaab and Vishal create magic in the music department. Every song is special…period!
Every actor delivers ‘magical’ performances in the movie. Naseeruddin Shah is his brilliant self while Arshad Warsi shows why he should be given a variety of roles rather than just being a comic actor and finally, Vidya Balan delivers her best performance till date…grey, white, black; the character gives her scope to play every shade it she does it to perfection.
There is one thing about all The performances are magical Vishal Bhardwaj movie, he brings in brilliant character artists- every actor is his movies seems like pro – from a kid like Nandu to the don Mushtaq or Kakkar…well done Mr Bhardwaj.
Final Word – Must watch…4/5