Kadakh movie review: Dark, wicked & scathingly thought-provoking


Kadakh movie review is here. Directed by Rajat Kapoor, Kadakh features an ensemble cast of Ranvir Shorey, Mansi Multani, Cyrus Sahukar, Shruti Seth, Tara Sharma Saluja, Sagar Deshmukh, Nupur Asthana, Kalki Koechlin, Chandrachoor Rai, Palomi Ghosh, Manoj Pahwa and Yamini Das.

Kadakh is streaming on Sony Liv from June 18, 2020.

Immediate reaction when the end credits
Rajat Kapoor’s Kadakh (meaning centre piece) is a wickedly entertaining scathing peep into the morality and humanity of humans.


The story of Kadakh
On the day Sunil (Ranvir Shorey) and Malti (Mansi Multani) are hosting a Diwali party, Sunil is visited by an uninvited guest – the husband of the woman he is having an extramarital affair with. What follows is a series of events that turns their festival of lights into a night of dark revelations.

Kadakh movie review

Released during this lock down time where there is economic uncertainty glooming over and the industry facing unfortunate news of deaths one after the another. That wasn’t enough. The extremely unfortunate death of Sushant Singh Rajput has triggered a debate where series of dirt is getting thrown over the alleged ‘pressure’ tactics by the powerful.

Rajat Kapoor’s Kadakh brings forward the rise of hypocrisy and fall of morality at centre stage in his movie.


Tagged as ‘a – moral tale’, Rajat Kapoor’s Kadakh achieves its goal by roping the Hitchcockian routes to hook the audience keeping them in the loop of shock and surprise as it pays a modern-day tribute to the master Alfred Hitchcock’s immortal 1948 psychological crime thriller Rope.

A motley group of people who seems to be like minded in the first glance occupy every corner of Sunil’s apartment.

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Yogesh (Cyrus Sahukar) a motivational speaker who leaves no chance playing the big daddy and coming with advices to prove his superiority. Alka (Shruti Seth) Yogesh’s wife is more happy and ‘normal’ when she is intoxicated. Rahul (Rajat Kapoor) an aspiring writer whose first book is about to be published and is damn excited. Rahul’s wife Sheetal (Tara Sharma) is not that thrilled. Then there is this just separated couple Paro (Nupur Asthana) and Joshi (Sagar Deshmukh) who pretend to be happy.

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Actually, they all are pretending like the host Sunil and Malti who are coping with a turmoil inside due to the visit of that stranger in the house who is now dead, and his body is lying in a wooden chest.

Its Diwali night, amidst the bursting of crackers outside and music getting played inside.

The wooden chest becomes the stage for card play first and then chaos takes over as the ‘secret’ is revealed.

The relationship between the members in the house changes like a chameleon and in the selfish zest to ‘protect’ their self, the whole gang ignores the deceased and get together for an act of sheer immorality that insults humanity.

Mind you, in between a surprise meta of self-introspection has made a flash when Joshi’s friend from France Francoise Marie (Kalki Koechlin) makes a short but intriguing entry.

Rajat Kapoor succeeds in making the audience go through this roller coaster ride of dark wit, thrill, and drama.

Ranvir Shorey excels. Mansi Multani is fantastic. Cyrus Sahukar is in sync. Shruti Seth is natural. Tara Sharma Saluja is realistic, Sagar Deshmukh is funny and probing. Nupur Asthana is quite good. Kalki Koechlin brings in a pleasant surprise.

Good support comes from Chandrachoor Rai, Palomi Ghosh, Manoj Pahwa and Yamini Das. The kids, the watchmen, everyone plays an important part in convincingly linking the sequences and the drama.

Last but not the least Rajat Kapoor is fabulous.

A dead body and all the chaos drama around. This has been seen before. Rope (1948), The Wrong Box (1966), Weekend at Bernie’s (1989) and Super Delux (2019). I wanted to know a bit of Malti more.

Final words
The world is a mix of good people and bad people since ages but Rajat Kapoor’s Kadakh highlights the widening gap in this atmospherically Hitchcockian way. Having a clear point of view, Kadakh is wickedly entertaining that never trips over itself in search of cheap laugh or scare. Yes, shit happens but how we take it. When our ‘precious’ life ignores the dead the deceased and just try to brush it off, for our benefit or to preserve our self-image. (your guess is as good as mine). Do visit this party organised by the Kadhak gang its worth.

pic/poster courtesy : Sony Liv

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