Genre: Drama, Thriller
Duration: 149 Minutes
India Release Date: 08-APR-2016 (YouTube Premier)
The narrative follows a writer and his camera assistant who travel from Kolkata to Srinagar, the capital of Kashmir. The writer’s purpose is to interview a recently court-martial army man. The two of them meet on a rainy Christmas Eve in an old, abandoned Kashmiri hotel. Located just below the army man’s abode is an all-night tea shop run by Junaid, who during the day works with a wedding band. As the writer and the army man talk, Junaid serves them tea and biscuits, while occasionally engaging in small talk with the two. As the night gets colder and the questions gather momentum, the three reveal their most personal secrets to one another. The camera assistant is a mute spectator, recording the rising confrontation between them. The film focuses on this man as a mute accessory to the proceedings as their dramatic encounter develops and turns into a chilling thriller.
Overall Review: Director Ram Ramesh Sharma has kept the central theme of the film as Confessions. The movie has so many plot lines that one cannot focus on anything in particular. Even when these plots tries to fit together as a complete story, it leaves a bunch of loose ends for you to ponder upon. Execution of the film is so weak that it fails to establish connection between characters. For every plot, you never get to paint the whole picture, viewers are left to fill the empty spaces with their own imaginary shades. Movie is stretched beyond tolerance level. Poor execution of script and direction fails this film completely. Film sometimes leaves you feeling uncomfortable with the overuse of graphic depiction.
Performance & Technical Review: None of the characters can be recollected right now. Kashmir, shot stunningly by Cinematographer A.Vasanth, oozes poetry. Advait Nemlekar’s music blends seamlessly into the story. The enviornment set between journalist and the army officer sets the mood but gets failed at execution.
PDF Verdict: Having won the Best Film Award at Ladakh Film Festival, Kaafiron Ki Namaaz does not seem like it is set out to please any audience. Poor execution of script and direction fails KKN to impress the audience.
PDF Ratings: 1 on 5
Performance: 1 on 5
Script: 1 on 5
Music: 3 on 5