Subhash Ghai delivered some big mammoth blockbusters in last 30 years. Butin last 10 years he had rather unimpressive run starting from 'Yaadein' to 'Yuvraaj'. Now he is back with another larger than life tale with heavy dose of social drama.
Film has rather regressive plot. A small village Kaushambi which is primarily reside by military men and their families. A builder and political nexus is trying to take over the land of the village. Builder is Jhumar (Rishi Kapoor, what a name!), political leader (Mithun Chakrobarthy), rebellious revengeful girl Kaanchi (Mishti), her love interest and son of an army martyr (Karthik), corrupt Inspector Bagula (Chandan Roy Sanyal), his senior investigation officer (Adil Hussain) and son of corrupt politician Sushant (Rishabh Sinha). Sushant is a painter and falls in love with Kaanchi and her boyfriend tries to stop this land deal but Sushant kills him and Kaanchi stands against system to fight out as one woman army.
Mishti looks good in the role of ‘Kaanchi’ and though this is her first film she has put in a lot of effort to carry the entire film on her shoulders. Mithun Chakraborthy is awesome in the role of an evil politician. His looks, body language and the cruelty that he showcases is quite good.
All the locations and canvas of the film are on a grand scale and captured beautifully. The camera work is outstanding as in all Ghai movies and this takes the movie to a decent level.
Sadly, Ghai is still stuck in the 90′s and has not come out of his comfort zone. He once again brings us an outdated story and makes it a tedious watch.
Rishi Kapoor has been completely wasted in the film as his role has no importance and is totally overshadowed by Mithun Chakraborthy. Though the lead Mishti tries hard to salvage the film, her role does not justify the challenge she undertakes.
The entire second half lacks focus and clarity and primarily the way Mishti takes on the evil politicians and the process in which she carries out the operation has many loopholes.
Right from the word go, ‘Kaanchi’ is highly predictable and has nothing new to offer. The film reminds you of all previous Subhash Ghai’s films which are set in the valley and just a story woven around it.
The only thing which is the highlight of the film is the camera work as the picturesque locations have been captured beautifully and bring in an honest feel into the film.
Probably, this is the first time that music in a Subhash Ghai film is so bad. None of the songs manage to register and are like speed breakers to the film. The dialogues are just about OK and so is the editing. The screenplay of the film is good in the first half but once the film heads to Mumbai, the entire film goes haywire.
Ghai’s direction leaves a lot to be desired. Even though he chooses a routine story, he does not manage to set it into the current scenario.