- Kaalakaandi features Saif Ali Khan in the lead role
- The film grosses Rs. One crore
- The film also stars Deepak Dobriyal
Kaalakaandi released at the box office with Anurag Kashyap's Mukkabaaz and Zareen Khan's 1921.
1921 was the best out of the three films with collections set to be in the 1.50 crore net range, reported Box Office India while Mukkabaaz had the lowest number with around 75 lakhs net.
In his review for NDTV, film critic Saibal Chatterjee gave Saif's film 3 stars out of 5. "For cinema trivia geeks, Kaalakaandi is strewn with interesting takeaways. The principal protagonist (Saif Ali Khan), who like the conscientious but dull bureaucrat Watanabe in the Akira Kurosawa classic Ikiru, is diagnosed with stomach cancer and given only a few months to live. The multiple tales unfold in parallel arcs. It is only in the penultimate scenes and a zany final shot that the plot connects a few of the characters but only in a tenuous manner. Kaalakaandi takes a while to warm up but when it does it sets a lively pace, especially in the second half," he wrote.
Apart from Saif Ali Khan, Kaalakaandi also stars actors like Deepak Dobriyal, Vijay Raaz and Kunaal Roy Kapur.