Blood Money (II) (2012)
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Anybody complaining about the "cheesiness" of this film is missing the point. The superficial characters, cheesy music, and dated fashions further fuel the criticism of this life of diabolical excess. Nothing in the lives of these characters really matter, not on any human level at least. In fact the film practically borderlines satire, ironic considering all the gangster rappers that were positively inspired by the lifestyle of Kunal Kadam.
This isn't Mukesh Bhatt's strongest directorial effort, it is occasionally excellent and well-handled (particularly the memorable finale), but frequently sinks to sloppy and misled. Thankfully, it is supported by a very strong script by Upendra Sidhye. The themes are consistent, with the focus primarily on the life of Kunal Kadam, and the evolution of his character as he is consumed by greed and power. The dialogue is also excellent, see-sawing comfortably between humour and drama. There are many stand-out lines, which have since wormed their way into popular culture in one form or another.
Powerful, occasionally humorous, sometimes shocking, and continually controversial.Blood Money is totally worth watching. An essential and accessible gangster flick, and a pop-culture landmark.
The story is very detailed and realistic. This film tells a story of how a person who rises to power by wealth can easily be destroyed by the same exact stuff that made them powerful. Also in the middle, he or she become a completely different person and they lose their friends and family.
Overall : 8/10
A middle class family boy, who dreams to be rich living in a big luxurious house, gets a job offer in a foreign country. His lady love is excited too but the good times gradually vanish in thin air as the boy comes to know about the criminal background of its company and the crimes in which he has been involved too unknowingly. Now if you can recall, the same was the basic storyline of Vishesh Film's"JANNAT" (2008) too with the cricket betting background and to some extent the traces were also there in Mahesh Bhatt's own "NAAM" (1986). Talking about the Western influences, a similar storyline can be seen in "THE FIRM" released in 1993 revolving around a young lawyer.
So, BLOOD MONEY is purely based on the Bhatt set film-making style starting off with a romance and then entering into a criminal zone along with a little sex and few good hummable songs. But at the same time, it strongly indicates to be one of those unimportant movies which are quickly made in-between the other Big money making projects to show some non-profitable expenditure in the firm.
In the acting department, all the sincere efforts of the cast including the confident Kunal Khemmu and the natural Amrita Puri (of AISHA fame), go in vain due to the stale & unimpressive subject of the film. Only Manish Chaudhuri is able to leave some kind of impact in the roll of the Boss among the supporting cast & Mia Udeshi is only there to fill in as the sexual attraction of the film.
Supported by a fine Cinematography, it readily proves to be a Bhatt camp film due to the few interesting tracks in its soundtrack like Chaahat, Jo Tere Sang & Gunaah, which sadly remain incapable of saving the film from sinking. No doubt, debutant director Vishal Mahadkar brightly shows the talent he has in few sequences like the Diamond Selling scene in its first half. But I really fail to understand that why did he zeroed on to such an overused and uninteresting subject for his debut film. So learning a valuable lesson from BLOOD MONEY, he must give the subject of his film, the most serious thought next time.
Rating : 4/5
I love watching films that come out with a social message. I also like action thrillers with a good locational setting and a type of music which gives the feel of an urban, modern, stylish action thriller. BLOOD MONEY is one of those films. Despite of the very fact that many critics panned it for being repetitive, I liked it very much.
BLOOD MONEY teaches us a lot from various of its characters and scenes. The film being the story of a common man appeals and connects with everyone. This is a film which can teach a lot even to the youth. Besides, the story and screenplay are both excellent, well packaged and paced with lots of thrills that keep you to the edge of your seat. There's hardly a single dull moment throughout the entire film.
Kunal Kemmu gives a very controlled, enthusiastic, powerful performance and proves that he's a star-level actor. He's the best man in the entire film. Amrita Puri too acts as per her role, but at various places seems to go a little overboard and dramatic during dialogue delivery. Manish Chaudhary steals the show as the villain who has perfect lines to speak. Other actors like Teeshay etc too keep us engaged.
The best part of the film is its music: every song is a gem and you can't resist listening it again and again. That's also the biggest plus point. The locations and cinematography are both worth watching out for. The dialogues are another major strength, as they project the correct situation of the present day society and the characters. The fight sequences are well executed and filmed with excellence. The visual work is also top notch. Also, the film doesn't deviate from the story telling. The editor has done a great job by keeping an engaging runtime of 1 hour and 49 minutes.
Overall, BLOOD MONEY is a film definitely worth your time and money, apart from your love. This is a film which can also be an eye opener for the society. A must watch!
BLOOD MONEY based on smuggling of diamonds is another such film, The film is so predictable that you can guess it in the promos, It has all the ingredients of Vishesh films, hummable music, outdoor locales, hot scene and morality lessons excluding Emraan Hashmi but it lacks the tautness of most Bhatt films and the writing too is below par.
The film starts off well, though there are some scenes which make no sense like how come Kunal gets a bungalow just after he gets the job? But the manner in which he enters the bad world till the interval is well handled but post interval the film suddenly focuses on Herogiri where Kunal chases the goons and then the sudden change of events in the climax looks abrupt and is treated amateurishly.
Direction is decent in parts, Writing is below par Music is decent, most songs sound typical from Bhatt films but are good
Kunal Khemmu thankfully is back to what he does best, after doing rubbish comedies and senseless films post his superb debut KALYUG and TRAFFIC SIGNAL is back with the Bhatts and back to a superb role He does a great job Amrita Puri is okay Manish Chaudhary is superb as the villain The rest are adequate
Blood Money is a perfect thriller of a common employee... It deals about a employee meshes in diamond smuggling.... the movie is simple but taken rich in south Africa..... the cast and music was good.....
Blood Money - A decent rehash
The film is as 'template ready' as it gets and at times does remind one of 'Jannat'. The difference here though is that while Emraan Hashmi was carrying a negative streak to him for most part of the film, Kunal takes time to loose his righteous side, only to announce a return in a much faster time period.
However what one doesn't miss right through the film's narrative is a distinct Bhatt feel to it. One can well see that first time director Vishal Mahadkar has been clearly inspired by Vishesh Films school of movie making and is following the formula that has been consolidated by the likes of Vikram Bhatt and Mohit Suri.
What one does miss though is the punch in the affair that stays constant for the entire duration of the film. Let's admit it, 'Blood Money' starts off well and introduction scenes pretty much establish each of the characters well too. There isn't much time wasted by getting the hero and the heroine into a 'naach gaana' mode and the drama stays focused on the 'diamond' business and the nexus involved. Just when one felt that the film would show a massive escalation in the second half, 'Blood Money' gets into a predictable zone due to which one does feel a tad disappointed.
For starters, the entire Mia Uyeda and the adultery episode has been done to death in quite a few films, not to mention many films coming from Bhatts themselves. Even 'Crook' had one such episode where the leading lady (Neha Sharma) felt cheated after finding Emraan Hashmi in the arms of an Australian gori. Moreover, even though one did feel that the film was doing well in its realistic zone, the dramatic filmy twists and turns in the second half dilute the impact. Yes, the climax is decent but one still feels that if only more powerful sequences had preceded it, 'Blood Money' may well have turned out to be an even better film.
What works for 'Blood Money' though are it's performances. Kunal Khemu, despite being around for quite some time now, still has that raw and innocent charm to him that makes him believable. He fits in well into the part yet again and shows that he can play different characters with ease, case in point being other notable performances in '99', 'Superstar' and 'Kalyug'. Amrita is decent in her limited part and fits in as required. Manish Chaudhary may have started seeming predictable now but one must admit that in the context of 'Blood Money', he plays his part well. Mia is a good eye candy and should bring on 'moolah'.
A special mention for the film's music which is just in line with what the doctor (read Bhatts) had ordered. Jeet Ganguly makes a successful comeback into Bollywood arena and is well complimented by Sangeet- Siddharth Haldipur and Pranay.
'Blood Money' may not be an excellent film that would go down as one of those small underrated gems of the year. However this film about gems (and diamonds) isn't a bad watch either. Yes, there is deja vu for sure, especially those who have watched films right from the days of 'Naam' to 'The Firm' to 'The Devil's Advocate' to 'Jannat'. However if you are willing to see a film that is a rehash of all these films with some memorable scenes thrown in, chances are you won't mind catching up on 'Blood Money'.
good points - good topic to introduce to trade organizations involved in terrorism and acts, better cinematography in emotional scenes between the couple.
weak points - The story line could have been better, if they would have added some more realistic facts. Also, a terrorist group leader is not a fool to encounter a guy on his way only to check if that guy is loyal to him. he can directly let him go and then catch him at the airbase without those action scenes too.
this 'blood money' is no exception. it's already quite lame and lukewarm, adding some sudden dancing and singing scenes just looked more stupid. how could i take a further step to look this movie be serious? and those female eye candies in this movie were also unnecessary. Hindi guys in south Africa? give me a break, man.