Tulsea Pictures and Mantra/Runaway Entertainment’s Sulemani Keeda (A) is the story of two struggling Bollywood writers who work as a team. Dulal (Naveen Kasturia) and Mainak (Mayank Tewari) are struggling writers waiting for their big break as a writing duo. The break eludes them till Gonzo (Karan Mirchandani), son of producer Sweety Kapoor (Razzak Khan), signs them to write an arthouse film in which he would launch himself as hero. All seems well till Dulal, who has just had a breakup, meets Ruma (Aditi Vasudev), who actually makes him question his choice to sell out.
Amit V. Masurkar’s story of the slacker comedy is very different from what one sees in usual Hindi films. His screenplay is equally unusual, sometimes bordering on the weird. The first half is entertaining because it is so different and also because of the humour. But the second half becomes a bit boring. In fact, it wouldn’t be incorrect to say that the film loses steam after interval. Of course, the appeal of the script is mainly for the elite audience looking for a break from the usual commercial potboilers. There is a liberal use of swear and cuss words, which will be enjoyed by youngsters. Dialogues, penned by Amit V. Masurkar, are very natural and add to the entertainment value, oftentimes more than the screenplay.
Naveen Kasturia acts with effortless ease and impresses as Dulal. Mayank Tewari is excellent in the role of Mainak. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that he is quite the life of the film, entertaining the audience to the hilt. Aditi Vasudev gives a dignified performance as Ruma. Karan Mirchandani shines as Gonzo. He gives a superb account of himself. Krishna Bisht has his moments as Poky. Rukshana Tabassum is natural in the role of Oona. Dilip Prabhavalkar makes his presence felt as the CBFC chief. Razzak Khan is good as film producer Sweety Kapoor. Uday Chandra is alright. Mahesh Bhatt, Amrita Rao and Anil Sharma leave their impressions in special appearances.
Amit V. Masurkar’s direction is good. He has maintained a consistent narrative style and kept the entertainment quotient going through the first half and in a part of the second half of the film. Arfaaz Kagalwala and Anurag Shankar have come up with a zany music score which goes well with the mood of the film. Lyrics (Satyanshu-Devanshu and Neeraj Rajawat) are very appropriate. Arfaaz Kagalwala and Anurag Shankar’s background music is effective. Surjodeep Ghosh’s cinematography is really nice. Khushboo Agarwal Raj’s editing is sharp.
On the whole, Sulemani Keeda is an entertaining fare in parts and is meant for a very thin section of the audience. It is different and will appeal to youngsters looking for different cinema but its commercial prospects are, of course, weak.