Neo-noir crime thriller, Gurgaon. Debut film, based on a real-life kidnapping incident, by National-Award winning cinematographer Shanker Raman.
Starring: Akshay Oberoi, Pankaj Tripathy, Aamir Bashir Director: Shanker Raman Producers: JAR Pictures India release date: Aug 04, 2017 Genre: Neo-noir crime thriller, true-story Language: Hindi Duration: 1 hour, 47 mins
“Draws its power from the unpredictability of what its simmering characters may do, and from situations that may at any time go out of their control. The film diligently follows the themes, style of noir — neon lights, urban landscape, corruption, squalor and glamour living cheek-by-jowl — and even draws some bits from genre predecessors.”
“Deviates from norm in many ways. For one, it definitely isn’t derivative of the gangster films that emanate from Mumbai’s independent cinema space… Subtly articulates an overarching statement on unsustainable urban growth and the social fissures that it causes… Also projects the family not as the kind of benign unit of safety and well-being that much of popular Hindi cinema is predicated on, but as a conflicted, unstable and damaging entity.”
“It’s not just the way Kehri is written that evokes the Vito Corleone comparison (Brando’s character in The Godfather); it’s also the way he’s shot: mostly sitting indoors, occupying the centre of frame, carrying a gentle air of dread. Even their differences have a tinge of similarity. Unlike Vito Corleone, Kehri Singh is a metaphorical migrant; his Sicily is old Gurgaon.”