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Kaminey (A)

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Release Date

14 Aug 2009

Kaminey Story

Kaminey is a story about identical twins, in early twenties, hoping to leave the squalor behind and move into a life of prosperity. But the similarity ends here. Intercut between the parallel stories of the brothers as they run to protect themselves is their dreams and their love until a point where it converges and the brothers meet to come upon a life-changing realization.

Guddu and Charlie are brothers, born and raised in Dharavi, the world's largest slum dwelling in the heart of the megapolis, Mumbai.

Guddu works as a trainee in a small NGO firm in the city. He hopes to climb up to the top of the corporate ladder. He wants to be a bona fide member of the burgeoning Indian middle class. His career has only just begun though and the road to bourgeoisie is both long and arduous. Yet Guddu is up for it. He is honest, diligent and careful. One defining characteristic about Guddu is that he stammers, especially when under pressure.

Charlie makes a living hedging bets at the race course. He moves around the plush hordes of the rich and famous at the races. For him this is just a way to make quick money and he dreams of becoming a legitimate bookie one day. Charlie is street smart, wily and brave--and he is a little rough around the edges, having become accustomed to street life. While Guddu stammers, Charlie has a lisp.

The brothers don't like each other. They believe they have nothing in common. The brothers have built their lives so that they never meet. They believe it's only a question of time before they are out of each other's sight forever.

The story of Kaminay is how all of this changes and their paths eventually cross.

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