Kaanchi – Review by Mansha Rastogi

The Showman of film industry Subhai Ghai hasn’t really been in the business of filmmaking since a while. Despite having tremendous blockbusters to his credit like Hero, Karz, Taal among many others, the filmmaker saw some dampeners like Kisna and Yuvraj in his last attempts. However, putting the past behind, the maker comes after a long haul and also introduces his latest find Mishti (real name – Indrani Chakraborty) in the lead role. Does it work? We tell you.

Kaanchi hails from the scenic valley of Koshampa. She is unabashed, brash and blatant. She isn’t the one who doesn’t take things lying low and doesn’t shy away from ruffling feathers if she has to stand for the right. Witnessing the murder of her friend and fiance Binda (Kartik Aryan), she takes up the task of battling against the wrong doers and takes on the might of the politically powerful Shyam Kakda (Mithun Chakraborty).

Kaanchi suffers from the idealistic and preachy approach it takes in the film of a film. The movie starts off at a slow pace and gains some momentum with the unprecedented climax that follows towards the interval but it’s the haphazard execution of it towards the second half followed by a disappointing and preachy climax is what ruins the film.

As a script on papers, Kaanchi had potential of turning into an intriguing and engaging story however, it’s what makes it to the celluloid which doesn’t work.

Subhash Ghai tries tapping onto the election fever by releasing his film on anti-corruption et al. around the time of the elections but the portrayal of the same is so amateur that you lose interest in it.

The lead pair, the debutant actress Mishti and the newbie Kartik, both fail to do justice to their parts. The character of Kaanchi mouths cuss words more than dialogues and after a point her dare-devil character gets too monotonous. The Aishwarya Rai of Taal meets Mahima Chaudhary of Pardes character doesn’t work in the film.

Ghai falters even in extracting performances from seasoned actors like Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty who end up making caricatures of their roles.

Even in the music department the film lacks the zest. Yesteryear music composer Ismail Darbar comes up with archaic melodies which add no value to the film.

To sum it up, the once upon a time Showman of the film industry Subhash Ghai falters completely in putting together a great show in Kaanchi. Watch it only if you have absolutely nothing else to do.

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