I tried to not compare Kuttey to Vishal Bhardwaj’s cinema and I succeeded for the most part except for one glaring factor. While Vishal’s cinema is an example of how one makes cinema while thinking of women, Kuttey is an instance of a film made without much thought for women.
The ghosts of Priyanka Chopra in Kaminey, Konkana Sen Sharma in Omkara, and Tabu in Maqbool will perhaps haunt any viewing of Kuttey.
The characters of a senior cop (Tabu), a Naxal Lakshmi (Konkana Sen Sharma), and a powerful man’s feisty daughter Lovely (Radhika Madan) are written well at first glance but the way women are seen throughout the film is the male-gaze at its performative finest.
The music and background score, courtesy Vishal Bhardwaj is perhaps one of the best parts of the film, especially when paired with Gulzar’s lyrics.