Koi Jaane Na
The weekend is just a day away and here we are with a brand new review. And I have just finished watching the Hindi Film Koi Jaane Na on Amazon Prime. One of the few Hindi films this year that had a theatrical release but were severely impacted due to the pandemic, only to find a way to the OTT platform for everyone to see. Touted as a whodunnit thriller, is it worth your time, lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Koi Jaane Na follows the story of a writer suffering from a writer’s block who sets off in a remote place to write. He secretly pens a crime novel too which translate into killings by someone. Who is the killer? The story is potentially a good thriller on paper. The screenplay is about the two halves. One of the major drawback of the film is its length. At almost 2 hours and 20 minutes, the film is way too long. Had it any any crisper with a runtime of around 100 minutes, this would have been excellent. And much of the fault lies in the first half where the buildup is far too long. The first killing takes place at the halfway mark which might be have been a little too late. A good chunk of the first half including some mindless songs and an insipid opening sequences could have been chopped off on the edit table. But if you do sit through the first half, the second half is rewarding. Things begin to flow as the thrill element is introduced. Here the writing is much better and will keep you engaged. If you watch closely, you will be able to guess the mystery but nevertheless the journey is fascinating with a nice little twist right at the end to play a littke with your mind. So screenplay is a mixed bag.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The dialogues are a little dramatic which wasn’t required. The opening sequence had a narration which made me question, was it required? Why would the writers not ‘show’ things rather than narrating it. The Music has angered me simply because this is another film that goes the remake way(though not all songs). And songs just add to the running minutes of the film which could have been avoided. But the BGM is outstanding and deserves your attention. The CGI and production value is low and takes a little of the shine away from the drama. Director Amin Hajee seems a little rough around the edges to begin with. But he finds form as the film progresses.
Vidya Malavade as Rashmi and Neha Mahajan as Bindiya are good but their character sketch is such that both have very little to do. Ashwini Kalsekar as the cop is top notch. Karim Hajee as Ricky is decent here. Atul Kulkarni is outstanding. Aditi Govitrikar and Achint Kaur are pretty good in their respective cameos. Kunaal Kapoor as Kabir has looked very good and does quite a good job here. My pick of the lot though is Amyra Dastur who is excellent as Suhana. Quite a complex role and she comes out with flying colours.
Despite its flaws, Koi Jaane Na is quite a thrill ride especially in the second hour. Available on Amazon Prime.