Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 20 December 2002
Amitabh, Sanjay, Suniel, Mahesh, Lucky, Malaika
Rating: * * * 1/2
Director Sanjay Gupta?s Kaante, this year?s most-awaited film has finally released. And no, it?s not a let-down despite the fact that it is inspired by the Hollywood hit, Reservoir Dogs. In fact, the film is a path breaker of sorts in many ways. A film far ahead of its time in terms of execution, Kaante is a visual delight. And combined with good performances and superb action, it?s a must-see this season.
The film shot entirely in the U.S and starring six actors involved in a bank robbery had Hollywood technicians working on it and it shows. The stunts are mind blowing and every aspect of the film is exceptional. The story has six strangers coming together for a mission- to rob a bank. But what they don?t know is that one of them is a cop in disguise. They have to trust each other but under that is a web of deceit.
The film?s treatment is novel so is the editing, which is very international. Even though the script could have been tighter (especially the bank robbery), Gupta has managed to keep the pace going. There are some genuinely funny moments between Sanjay Dutt and Mahesh Manjrekar. The first half is lighter than the second because of the comic scenes and superb dialogues, but overall the film manages to sustain the viewer?s interest level.
Major (Amitabh), Ajju (Sanjay Dutt), Marc Isaak (Suniel Shetty), Andy (Kumar Gaurav), Baali (Mahesh Manjrekar) and Mak (Lucky Ali) plan to pull off one gigantic heist, make money and live the rest of the lives in luxury. Their target -- the Service Bank in LA, which is less well guarded than others. How they go about their plan and what finally happens to their ambitious plan makes up the climax of this film.
Technically, Kaante is one of Bollywood?s brightest movies ever made. Neisha Folkes` choreography, especially the pole number with Malaika Arora and Isha Koppikar?s item song are well shot. The film?s music by Anand Raaj Anand is another winner. The only things which could have been better are the script and screenplay, written by Sanjay Gupta and Yash-Vinay.
But nevertheless, the climax when the identity of the undercover cop is revealed is shocking and surprising. For the first time in his career, Gupta has managed to balance technique and content equally. Also, he?s managed to get brilliant performances from his cast- especially Mahesh Manjrekar who is the best of the lot. His characterization with its crudeness and stammering dialogues is a winner. After him comes Sanjay Dutt who is very effective as a bank robber. Amitabh Bachchan is, as always, sincere and delivers the goods well. For a change, Suniel Shetty has given a wonderful performance. The other two actors, Kumar Gaurav and Lucky Ali don?t have as much footage and lines but they make an impact too. The only bad actor is Malaika Arora Khan who needs to stick to dancing.
Overall, Kaante should do exceptionally well all over because of its novel content and technique. The film has great production values, melodious music, wonderful performances and most of all, it is very unlike the regular trash meted out by makers these days. It?s a wholesome entertainer and seeing the historic start the film has taken, Bollywood?s doom days are finally over. See it for a refreshing feeling, to know that at last Hindi films have come of age. This Kaante has no thorns!