I remember it was the second last week of December when the trailer of Kuttey was released. I was present in Mumbai’s suburbs for the trailer launch and I wondered what this film had to offer. The poster of this Aasmaan Bhardwaj directorial starring Arjun Kapoor, Tabu, Radhika Madan, Kumud Mishra, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Shardul, had already gotten me intrigued and I was only waiting for the world of this heist drama to unveil. Cut to 3 hours later, I was mind-blown with what I had watched on the 70mm. The trailer which played twice in the theatre had already increased my curiosity and the wait for 13 January 2023 had begun.

While the film releases tomorrow, I can finally say that I have managed to watch the flick, and did it impress me? Hell yeah! But before I go ahead and tell you about what makes this one a must-watch, I’d recommend you check out the trailer, yet again!

Things That Were Good!

Crisp Edit

When you have so many talents in a flick, there are high chances for the film to be long. If the film isn’t long enough, then it might even be more disappointing as the viewers feel that justice isn’t served to certain characters. In fact, Kuttey doesn’t fall into either of the categories. Even though it has a stellar star cast which includes, Arjun Kapoor, Tabu, Radhika Madan, Kumud Mishra, Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona Sen Sharma, and Shardul, Aasmaan Bhardwaj has managed to keep the storytelling super crisp. I was amazed to see how such a complex story intertwined between so many characters just ended up being such a simple visual treat. While the poster includes all the characters, Bhardwaj has made sure that he does justice to each story and ultimately brings together a smoother bigger picture.

The Awesome Foursome

While Naseeruddin Shah, Konkona, and Shardul have done every bit of justice to the part they essay onscreen, it is Arjun, Tabu, Kumud, and Radhika who steal the show. All four of them have impeccable timing and camaraderie throughout the film that makes it entertaining. While the former three have some great scenes together, Madan has stood her ground when it comes to playing Lovely. Kapoor has come into his own as an actor and with this one too, he has pushed the envelope, yet again. Kumud (Paaji) and Tabu (Pammi) are a delight to watch onscreen and their comic timings will manage to crack you in the most unexpected situation.

A Heist-y Story

Right from the first frame Aasmaan takes you into the world of Kuttey and till the very last frame he manages to stay true to his narrative. The characters, the intertwined stories, and the parallel tracks, all fit in well in this heist drama. The trailer promised us a heist story and the film serves us exactly that without any adulteration.

Things That Could Have Been Better!

The Climax

Bhardwaj’s complex yet simple narrative keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for a spectacular climax but that’s where you feel that you probably expected a lot. The non-linear narrative is the adrenaline of the film and owing to that you expect a crazy climax but Aasmaan falls a little short to deliver here.

Phir Dhan Te Nan

The iconic track from Kaminey was recreated for this heist drama and they actually did a good job with it. Throughout the film, you keep waiting for the track to play and rekindle those emotions that you probably felt while watching Kaminey but unfortunately you leave the theatre disappointed. The song’s music plays in the background when Arjun enters a bar but that’s about it. No Phir Dhan Te Nan, no climax song, no end-credit roll. Nothing, Nada!

All in all, I have to give it to Aasmaan’s effort for delivering this one and he surely deserves brownie points for his cameo. Do watch it in your nearest theatres from the 13th of January and let me know on our Instagram page what you thought about it!

MM Verdict: 3.5 stars