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Blood Money  : All That Sparkles Is Dirty
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Friday, March 30, 2012
Vishal Mahadkar
Kunal Khemu, Amrita Puri
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From the Bhatt camp emerges another director who makes a decent attempt to peep into the filth behind white collar jobs.

The plot: Kunal Kadam (Kunal Khemu), a middle class Mumbaikar, does two jobs to pay his fees and finally gets his dream job with a dream home at Cape Town. With him is his dream wife Arzoo (Amrita Puri). Jhaveri (Manish Chaudhari), the owner of Trinity Diamonds, spots the spark in Kunal who is too blinded by ambition to realise that he’s sinking in a bog full of muck. The dirt trail leads to terror but by the time Kunal catches on, Arzoo has been distanced from him and it’s too late to quit.  There’s danger ahead. Kunal has to be smart to get the better of his boss and his criminal cronies.

The good: Even if Leonardo DiCaprio’s Blood Diamond exposed it a few years ago in the West, first-time director Vishal has taken a bold first step in Hindi cinema by picking up the underbelly of the diamond trade and all the evils that come with it as attachments. Include the illegal import of diamonds, fake accounts, financing terror and money laundering in the list. Kunal Khemu and Amrita Puri make a fresh, cute couple and share sparkling chemistry. Kunal does an honest job and it is a pleasure to watch him go into his part with skill. Amrita is convincing most times. Manish Chaudhari is perfect sinister. The music by Siddharth Haldipur, Sangeet Haldipur, Jeet Gannguly and Pranay Rijia is already popular with hummable numbers like ‘Chahat’ and ‘Jo tere sang’.

The bad: The flow is acceptably straight except for the last 20 minutes of the climax. Manish’s frequently repeated line that he has tricked the Indian and the South African governments is sheer Bollywood villainy. What brings down the whole film is its cliché ridden predictability. Story writer Upendra Sidhye needed to pay more attention to his narrative.

Overall: The exposes are many but the simplistic superficiality weakens the plot. Upping the substance quotient would have made it a good watch.

– Pooja Thakkar

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