Sunny Deol, Sana Nawaz, Sudesh Berry, Ammtoje Mann
By Martin D'Souza, Bollywood Trade News Network
KAAFILA is supposedly a story of illegal immigrants and unscrupulous agents who lure Indians with dreams of earning big bucks in their eyes. The subject is good but the way the story is handled is very amateurish. Looks like there was no director on the sets and the cast who play the illegal immigrants were left to do what they want.
They had a gala time on the sets, which explains why; in midst of hardships, and in one particular night when they have to cross the Russian border in the dead of night, in extreme cold, they still have energy left to dance to an item number on the ship which supposedly will take them to England. What’s even more surprising is that an old professor survives the trial and manages to troop with the group till he is felled by a bullet by some goons who are in search of some plutonium!!!
And yes, even though the film spans five months, no one is showing carrying any clothes, but during change of scenes, some have had a change of clothes as well!!! Well, well, well!!!
Yes, the story is jumbled as can be and after around 30 minutes of trying to makes sense of who, what, when, where and why, and trying to link the two love stories, you just give up and wait for the credits to roll. It’s not ethical to leave the film mid-way, especially when one has been assigned the task of giving the readers a fair feedback. If I was just a ‘viewer’, believe me, I would not have worried about the money spent on the ticket – I would have left the theatre even before intermission.
Having said that, I still maintain that it’s a very interesting subject, and I won’t be surprised if some filmmaker with foresight addresses this issue in the near future.