Koi Jaane Well
Author-director: Amin Hajee
Occupation: Kunal Kapoor, Amyra Dastur
Released in theaters.
Thrillers of any kind hold on to the hook or the big reveal. If you don’t get the big reveal right, the build is of no value. On the flip side, there are thrillers that end up with an unthinkable twist, but the journey that leads to that twist can test your patience. Amin Hajee’s directorial debut Koi Jaane Na falls into the second category.
The Koi Jaane Na is located in Panchgani, a small hill station in Maharashtra. It revolves around Kabir Kapoor (Kunal Kapoor), a motivational writer who is struggling to complete a sequel to a book and deal with a divorce. His ex-wife is now with the publisher and has looted everything from Kabir. Kabir also ghostwrites Hindi pulp fiction crime novels under the name Zaraan Khan.
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Two murders take place in the small mountain station of Panchgani and Kabir is the main suspect. Because these two people were spying for A Kabir and his new girlfriend. And B, they were murdered, as happens in Kabir aka Zaraan’s detective novels. He admits he’s trying to live the characters’ lives and then writes his stories. So and why do readers find his characters relatable. But insists he didn’t murder anyone.
Kabir also says that we all have two people – a decent one and a devil. The devil makes interesting stories. But in the film, Kabir’s Zaraan just stays on the surface and seems to be completely ignored towards the end. Kunal Kapoor as Kabir looks the part, but the actor seems to have lost touch with acting. His struggle shows up in certain scenes. His alter ego, Zaraan, doesn’t quite reach the viewer, which is a wasted storytelling tool.
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Amyra Dastur as Suhana, a girl who Kabir meets on the way to Panchgani, is lively and happy. She also deals with the nightmares of her traumatic past. They will be a couple. Two incomplete people try to complete each other – something like that. There are minor characters in Ashwini Kalsekar as a policeman, Neha Mahajan as a caretaker, Amin Hajee as a detective with a journalist who provides a strange relief.
Treatment is like a graphic novel. But Arun Prasad’s cinematography is a disappointment. The camera is mostly hand-held to give the film this nervousness. But certain aerial photos look blurry and shaky, which doesn’t appear to be.
Hajee’s writing creates a spark but is uneven for most of the first half. The cinematic style of using Hindi rhyming dialogues is fun. The film is produced by the T-series so it features a number of songs including one with Aamir Khan and Elli Avrram.
Watch the trailer from Koi Jaane Na here:
There’s a real intent here to do another psychological thriller. But Koi Jaane Na takes a long way to get to the point. The first half of the film tries to find a rhythm. The film is picking up speed and will get under control in the second half. Thrillers have an advantage over any other genre of film. Once you’ve piqued at least some curiosity in the audience, they’re ready to sit through those two hours to see what ultimately happens – how it unfolds. You can leave comedy, romance, or drama halfway. In thrillers you want to know the end.
That made me invest in the film. The ending was so rewarding that it felt like the actual movie should have started at that point. The journey to this point can test a person’s patience, but Koi Jaane Na is a decent one-off watch. The film is coming to the cinemas. If you are planning on seeing it in cinemas don’t forget to wear a mask and keep social distance.