Young film buffs who think differently were waiting for Anurag Kashyap’s latest Raman Raghav 2.0 as it hit the screens on Friday. However, after watching the film, most of them have walked out disappointed.
We won’t discuss here about what went wrong with the film, rather we would shall discuss what is wrong with the director.
Kashyap’s last- Bombay Velvet, was a cinematic disaster. Kashyap has been in the industry for more than 12 years now. His brand of cinema is— real, dark, violent, relentless, which we have loved for years.
A point needs to be noted here—thrillers need to be catered to the audience differently, every single time, or else the cinema is dead—one just can’t have equations for thrillers. Kashyap is a director who definitely doesn’t make movies with preset equations. But may be unknowingly he is doing just that, although nothing can be said with certainty.
In Raghav 2.0, Kashyap has tried to draw a parallel between a serial killer and a cop: how they can at times mirror each other, nonchalantly commit crimes and also get away with them. But he doesn’t really scratch the surface of that relationship. As a result, after watching the film, it feels like watching two separate films, where one segment is made watchable, at times compelling, by a gifted actor, while the rest of the film struggles to rise above its vacuity.
Kashyap also seems like a different filmmaker, someone who’s close to exhausting his tricks (he really needs to think beyond drug-addled protagonists, and loud, thumping background scores that contradict on-screen violence). At one point, even his mediocre productions had sustained periods of inspired filmmaking and writing. Raman Raghav 2.0 is not that film. It is not completely devoid of merits, but they’re mainly made possible because Siddiqui interprets and elevates the writing to an all new level.
It’s probably high time Anurag stops following the Quentin Tarantino style of movies and should start thinking like he is used to do before. Well instead of Raman Raghav 2.0, we all desperately wait for his comeback, let there be Kashyap 2.0.