Film: Koi Jaane Na
Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Amyra Dastur, Neha Mahajan, Ashwini Kalsekar, Atul Kulkarni, Karim Hajee, Vidya Malvade
Director: Amin Hajee
Rating: 3 Moons
Aamir Khan's long-time friend Amin Hajee finally made his directorial debut with Kunal Kapoor and Amyra Dastur-led Koi Jaane Na. The thriller released in theatres on Friday. The murder mystery also stars Neha Mahajan, Ashwini Kalsekar, Atul Kulkarni, Karim Hajee, Achint Kaur, Vidya Malvade, Aditya Lakhia and Raj Zutshi in important roles.
Koi Jaane Na, which translates to 'No One Knows', revolves around Kabir Kapoor (Kunal) a famous author. He acts as a saviour to stop the crimes at night when his own personal life is in a terrible mess. Kabir's ex-wife (played by Vidya), who cheated on him, wants to sue him. She even demands his Panchgani bungalow, where Kabir's deep dark secrets are hidden. The suspicious ex-wife further hires a detective cum reporter Ricky Rosario (Karim) to spy on Kabir.
As Kabir heads to Panchgani to write his upcoming book, he chances upon Suhana (Amyra). This encounter leads to love and then live-in. However, in a sudden twist, a spate of murders shakes the sleepy Panchgani. Kabir becomes the prime suspect.
Director Amin establishes multiple characters in the first half of Koi Jaane Na who suddenly go incognito in the latter half. The reasons behind Kabir's ex-wife hiring a detective, framing him, and the suspense behind the initial murder are not made very clear in the entire film. Koi Jaane Na starts off on an intriguing note but the ride gets shaky and uneven towards the end. The build-up of the first half shows promise but the overall execution remains underwhelming.
Kunal slips into the role of Kabir well. As Kabir, who struggles to write the sequel of his much-loved motivational novel due to writers' block, Kunal excels in every frame despite sloppy writing. Amyra is decent too and plays the role of a free-spirited person with conviction. However, it is Ashwini Kalsekar who steals the show as the tough cop. Neha Mahajan as Kabir's seductive housekeeper Bindiya has nothing much to do. Karim's character is half-baked while Atul Kulkarni is simply wasted. Vidya is underutilised.
Aamir Khan and Elli AvrRam's Har Funn Maula is the highlight of Koi Jaane Na and fits well. The overall background music is impactful. The production value is also decent considering the budget of the film. The cinematography could have been better.
If you are a fan of crime thrillers, then Koi Jaane Na can be a decent watch in theatres. With hits and misses, the film is a good attempt.
PeepingMoon gives Koi Jaane Na 3 Moons