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Producer: Karan Johar and Shahrukh Khan
Director: Soham
Cast: Ajay Devgan, John Abraham, Esha Deol, Vivek Oberoi, Lara Dutta
Music: Salim-Sulaiman

Dharma meets Varma!

When a trainee learns the ropes of filmmaking from two accomplished players - Karan Johar and Ramgopal Varma - the expectations from his directorial debut are inestimable.

So, has Soham learnt the ropes assiduously? Has Soham proved to be a worthy and efficient shishya to his two gurus? Most importantly, does Kaal live up to the massive expectations?

Soham amalgamates his two gurus' styles meticulously. Kaal has that edge-of-the-seat excitement of RGV movies, but the look/mounting is as lavish and also international as Karan Johar flicks.

The industry is going through a major transition in terms of creativity. The worn-out, depleted, washed-out formula is being abandoned, with the Gen X directors opting for themes that were hitherto alien for Bollywood.

Kaal is a shining example of new-age cinema. Cinema that enlightens. Cinema that entertains. Cinema that defies the stereotype. Kaal is the kind of impeccably crafted film that burrows deep into our psyche and connects with the dark, hidden terrors that lurk there.

In a nutshell, Kaal marks the birth of an accomplished storyteller in Soham.

Ace conservationist Krish (John Abraham) and Riya (Esha Deol) are entrusted with the job of finding out the reason behind the mysterious deaths caused by man-eating tigers in the past two months.

Dev (Vivek Oberoi), with his group of friends (Kushal Punjabi, Vishal Malhotra) and girlfriend Ishika (Lara Dutta), set out for an adventure trip for the weekend. Destiny diverts them from going to the farmhouse they had planned to visit and they are led towards Orbit Park, a jungle, for an unexpected ride.

The two groups bond together, but the same night the fear that revolved around the jungle comes alive. Now starts a journey with fear, panic and trauma as death is felt in the air.

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