Kaalakaandi is a 2018 Indian black comedy film written and directed by Akshat Verma, starring Saif Ali Khan, Akshay Oberoi, Deepak Dobriyal, Isha Talwar and Sobhita Dhulipala.[1] The film is produced by Rohit Khattar and Ashi Dua.[2][3][4] The film was released on 12 January 2018.

Official poster
Directed byAkshat Verma
Produced byRohit Khattar
Ashi Dua Sara
Written byAkshat Verma
Story byAkshat Verma
StarringSaif Ali Khan
Akshay Oberoi
Kunaal Roy Kapur
Deepak Dobriyal
Vijay Raaz
Sobhita Dhulipala
Isha Talwar
Shivam Patil
Amanda Rosario
Music bySongs:
Sameer Uddin
Shashwat Sachdev
CinematographyHimman Dhamija
Edited byShan Mohammed
Cinestaan Film Company Pvt. Ltd.
Distributed byAA Films
Release date
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  • 12 January 2018 (2018-01-12)[1]
Running time
112 minutes
Budget18 crore attributed to a reliable published source with an established reputation for fact-checking. No blogs, no IMDb.-->
Box office6 crore attributed to a reliable published source with an established reputation for fact-checking. No blogs, no IMDb.-->


Rileen (Saif Ali Khan) receives news of his growing stomach cancer, which is at the last stage. He is left heartbroken, but remains quiet in front of everyone. He decides to live life to the fullest, by smoking and taking LSD from a friend, but yet remains unhappy.

His engaged brother Angad (Akshay Oberoi) is getting ready when he receives a call from his ex-girlfriend, Selina (Amanda Rosario) to a hotel. Angad sets out to meet her along with Rileen under the excuse of a haircut.

In the next story, we see Tara (Sobhita Dhulipala) packing her bags to pursue higher studies in the US, while her boyfriend Zubin (Kunaal Roy Kapur) is trying to convince her to change her plans. Hours before her flight, both of them attend a birthday party, but soon the police raid the place. Tara is nervous as her flight leaves in two hours, but she can't leave as the police have locked the place down. She manages to escape with her friends and Zubin in a car. In the car, Zubin and Tara have a heated argument over Tara kissing a guy, Tara loses control and hits a motorcycle killing two people. Tara feels guilty, but leaves when Zubin and her friends advise her not to go to the police.

Meanwhile, Rileen is hallucinating due to the LSD. He meets a transgender woman Sheila (Nary Singh), and coolly tells her that he wants to see her "Southern Hemisphere", with no touching or feeling, and succeeds in doing so. Rileen becomes happy and decides to fulfill other things on his bucket list.

The next story is of two goons who want to make it big, Mafia (Deepak Dobriyal) and Rahmat (Vijay Raaz). They hatch a plan to extract money from their own boss Raza (Asif Basra) and cook up a story. Meanwhile, during a party, Ustad (Neil Bhoopalam), who has helped Raza, is killed on the road by two motorcycle-borne assailants. Mafia and Rahmat witness the crime.

Angad learns that Selina is just using him and feels guilty about cheating on Neha (Amyra Dastur), his fiancée. Angad meets Neha and talks to her. Angad learns that Neha is a very nice girl he can get and both of them hug each other and get ready for marriage.

Mafia's greed pushes him to kill Rahmat and he takes the entire money. He then shoots himself in the abdomen and tells Raza that someone has robbed their money and killed Rahmat and in that fight Mafia too got injured. Raza doesn't believe Mafia and is on the verge of killing Mafia, but leaves him. Mafia walks onto the road.

Rileen meets the wedding photographer Rakhi (Isha Talwar) and tells his son too had a birthmark like her on his elbow. Rakhi asks him his name but he states that "People just meet, tell each other their names and then go away, which is of no use. He also tells her about his growing cancer. Rakhi comforts Rileen and they kiss each other. On being asked "What does he mean to her?", she replies "I don't know!" He happily laughs and tells her his name is Rileen.

Tara checks into the airport while Zubin asks her not to think of the horrific night. Tara feels very guilty and decides to approach the police and file an FIR, but the police asks her not to do so as the two guys who were killed in the accident were underworld shooters who killed Ustad. Tara meets Zubin waiting for her. She gets to know he truly loves her and proposes him for marriage and then kisses him.

Rileen marches into the dance ceremony of the marriage where everyone is dancing mindlessly along with Angad and Neha. Rileen dances, takes out his gun and scares everyone. He fires two bullets in the air; one of the bullets rises high up in the sky then goes down hitting Mafia on head, thus killing him.

In the final scene, Rileen looks into the camera and screams as the second bullet has hit his foot.



Soundtrack album by
Sameer Uddin and Shashwat Sachdev
Released27 December 2017
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
Sameer Uddin chronology
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Singles from Kaalakaandi
  1. "Swagpur Ka Chaudhary"
    Released: 23 December 2017

The music of Kaalakaandi is composed by Sameer Uddin and Shashwat Sachdev while lyrics have been penned by Anvita Dutt and Akshay Verma. The first track of the film titled as "Swagpur Ka Chaudhary" which is sung by Akshay Verma was released on 23 December 2017. The music album was released by Zee Music Company on 27 December 2017.

Track listing
1."Swagpur Ka Chaudhary"Akshay VermaSameer UddinAkshay Verma2:34
2."Kaala Doreya"FolkSameer UddinNeha Bhasin2:28
3."Jive With Me"Anvita DuttSameer UddinAbhishek Nailwal4:11
4."Kaalakaandi"Anvita DuttShashwat SachdevShashwat Sachdev, Vivek Hariharan, Romy, Arun Kamath2:27
5."Aa Bhi Jaa"Anvita DuttSameer UddinVishal Dadlani & Abhishek Nailwal3:57
Total length:15:37

Critical receptionEdit

Kaalakaandi received mixed response from critics upon its theatrical release.

Saibal Chatterjee from NDTV gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars stating, "Kaalakaandi may not be for all palates, but the film has enough spice for those in the mood for an off-the-beaten-track Bollywood experience".[5]

India TV gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars, stating that the word Kaalakaandi is Marathi slang for "when everything goes disastrously wrong" and described the lead character as "outrageously humorous yet utterly sensitive".[6]"

Rediff.com gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars stating, "Saif is a hoot in Kaalakaandi".[7]

Meena Iyer from Daily News and Analysis gave the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars stating, "Saif Ali Khan's 'Kaalakaandi' is worth a try, if you like your cinema experimental and edgy".[8]

Renuka Vyavahare from The Times of India gave the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars stating, "What begins as a promising and edgy thriller soon runs out of gags, gas and gravitas".[9]

Sweta Kaushal from Hindustan Times gave the movie 2 out of 5 stars, praising Saif Ali Khan for his performance, despite the script being half-baked.[10]

According To Firstpost, Saif Ali Khan is funny as hell in Kaalakaandi but the film lacks fizz.[11]


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  8. ^ "DNA Movie Review - Saif Ali Khan's 'Kaalakaandi' is worth a try, if you like your cinema experimental and edgy". 12 January 2018. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Kaalakaandi Review {2.5/5}: What begins as a promising and edgy thriller soon runs out of gags, gas and gravitas". Times Of India. Retrieved 13 July 2018.
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  11. ^ "Kaalakaandi movie review: Saif Ali Khan is funny as hell but the film lacks fizz- Entertainment News, Firstpost". firstpost.com. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.

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