action adventure/ thriller/ cop drama
Bachchan, Akshay Kumaar, Ajay Devgan, Ashwariya Rai, Atul Kulkarni,
Jaya Pradha, Tanuja, D.Santosh,Prakash Raj and Lara Dutta.
Raj Kumar Santoshi Producer: Keshu
Music: Ram Sampat
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Kumar Santoshi has always been a director who is regarded as one of
Bollywoods best! His sense of a brilliant script....his taut and
thoughtful direction...his ability to extract the BEST performances
and above all to keep the viewer completely engaged for the duration
of its entire length are some of the factors that lead to the
judgement that he is one of Bollywoods best!
KHAKEE is a film that was huge on expectations.....a cast to die for....a story that sounded exciting and thrilling...and above all a budget of mammoth proportions....Does Raj Kumar Santoshi manage to live upto expectations? Putting it lightly-YES!
film revolves around a team of cops who are assigned a mission to
complete. What started out as a regular mission to transport ISI agent
Iqbal Ansari(Atul Kulkarni) from Chandangadh to Mumbai ends up as a
absolute disaster. The first team of offciers are ambushed midway and
blown to smithereens. A brave officer made sure that Ansari did not
the nightmare of the first mission...another team is sent to do the
assignment is handed to DCP Anant Srivastav(Amitabh Bachchan).
Srivastav was a failure in the eyes of the police department. He had
never taken any bribes from anyone hence he never got promoted and his
career never went any further than a DCP. This was his only chance to
Senior Inspector Shekhar(Akshay Kumaar) is a street smart cop who acts more like a goon. He is brave, corrupt and rotten to the core. He takes every bribe he gets and has lost faith in the system. He takes everything lightheartedly and takes it as a joke....until now!
third member was Sub Inspector Ashwin Gupte(Tusshar Kapoor)-a young
officer fresh out of training school on his
first "real" assignment. Gupte finds out the hard way
that there is a huge difference between training school and the
corrupt and violent real world.
three officers alongwith two brave constables are given the assignment
of escorting Ansari from Chandangadh to Mumbai and present Ansari in
the Mumbai Court.
someone out there doesn't want them to reach Mumbai...
enemy is faceless....nameless....yet is always one step ahead of
them....who is the nameless enemy?
Anant Srivastav and his team of brave officers unravel the conspiracy
behind Iqbal Ansaris case.....discover the true hidden villans....and
serve justice according to the text book is what forms the crux of
has alway shad a knack for writing making the most normal scripts into
something astounding, engaging and a cut-above the rest! Be it a
action film like GHAYAL, a social drama like LAJJA or a historical
film like THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH. KHAKEE is no different as he
tackles the theme of corruption, crooked cops and a dying system-a
scenario that is presented in Hindi cinema time and time again..but
its the manner in which he tells his tale that makes the story
from the first frame he manages to capture the audiences attention
never letting up the pace. The characters are all multi dimensional
and Santoshi adds depth to each character.
main highlight of the story and screenplay would have to be the
numerous twists and turns which happen throughout the movie. Santoshi
takes the viewer on a wild ride and leaves them completely breathless,
the film has a lot of twists and turns which prove to be tremendously
exciting...but they never feel like are a gimmick or like they are
are certain scenes that will be etched in the viewers mind after the
movie is finished....these include
The action sequence in the village fair with Amitabh chasing Ajay
Devgan till hes out of breath
The pre interval argument between Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumaar
which is just brilliant in all aspects of film making
The scenes right after Interval Point with the confrontation between
Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgan
Akshay Kumaars change of heart
The scene between Tusshar and the constables wife..
The pre climax when Ajay Devgans accomplice is revealed.
The finale fight sequence between Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgan
which is SIMPLY STUNNING!!
in the movie are of a extremely high order and as always Santoshi
extracts some of the most EXTRAORDINARY performances from his cast.
For those who aren't aware Santoshi has the ability to extract the
best from his entire cast-right from GHAYAL(Sunny Deol bagged a
National Award), DAMINI(Sunny Deol bagged another National Award),
Ghatak(Sunny Deol and Amrish Puri were amazing), PUKAAR(Anil Kapoor
bagged a National Award) THE LEGEND OF BHAGAT SINGH(Ajay Devgan bagged
a National Award) and with KHAKEE hopefully Mr Amitabh Bachchan will
bag a well deserved National Award!
As Anant Srivastav, Amitabh Bachchan delivers a performance that could rank as his BEST since his comeback. The angry young man of yesteryear is back and angrier than ever! Amitabh Bachchan still possess those fiery red eyes.....the deep bartitone voice full of anger and the right amount of energy that is needed to play the role of a daredevil cop. Bachchans expressions, his voice modulation, and body language bring the character of Anant Srivastav to life.Bachchan is there in nearly each and every frame and the movie CLEARLY belongs to Mr Bachchan and no one else. A performance that shoud play as a workshop to anyone taking up acting. Definetly ranks in Amitabh Bachchans TOP TEN PERFORMANCES to date!
Kumaar is FANTASTIC and gives a astounding account of himself. As
a corrupt and slimy cop Kumaar is at ease and delivers a performance
that is natural to the core. His light scenes are just superb and even
in the latter half when his character takes a turn for the serious
Kumaar is brilliant. No doubt a performance that is one of his best(IF
NOT BEST) to date...and also one that is bound to get him sympathy.
Devgan delivers yet another top notch performance. Only a master
performer could have performed the part of Angre with the right amount
of flair and style and Devgan does that just fine. Although he had
played a villan in the past with DEEWANGEE-his performance here is of
a higher league. The scenes where Devgan is on screen he demands
screen presence and is miraculous how Devgan so easily slips between
playing a hero and villan. The same actor portrayed a honest up right
cop early last year in Prakash Jhas GANGAJAAL with utmost
conviction-and here as a hardcore hardened criminal Devgan is yet
again flawless! Versatile he is no doubt about that.
Tusshar Kapoor leaves a great account of himself in a small but significant role. As the young rookie cop Tusshar lets his eyes do the talking and despite such a huge cast Tusshar is never overshadowed and manages to leave a impression. Although the role was originally meant to be played by Akshaye Khanna...i feel Tusshar Kapoor has done complete justice to the role which is a HUGE compliment for the actor...
Rai springs a surprise with a wicked performance. She isn't there
just to provide glamour and despite a male oriented flick-Rai gets her
fair share in terms of scope to exude her talent and she makes the
most of it.
Kulkarni as Iqbal Ansari is a complete natural. He makes the most
of his meaty role and doesn't leave any room for complaints.
the supporting cast D.Santosh is great in a small role. Tanuja and
Jaya Pradha both play their small parts well and Prakash Raj leaves a
impression in his role.
in Santoshi films always prove to be a HUGE plus factor and at times
also being the mainstay of the movie....KHAKEE is no different. Raj
Kumar Santoshis dialogues in KHAKEE are just brilliant and elevates
the film a few notches higher. Those delivered by Amitabh Bachchan,
Akshay Kumaar and Ajay Devgan meet with a thunderous applause and no
doubt this BEST DIALOGUES is one trophy Santoshi may bag yet again
after GHAYAL, GHATAK, DAMINI, CHINAGATE and PUKAAR!
producer Keshu leaves no stone unturned and the lavish budget of the
film translates well onscreen. The film has the feel of a epic
adventure/action film and is shot in a slick and fast manner. K.V
Anands camerawork is of International standards and the colouring of
the movie works in the films favour. Tinu Vermas action is another
aspect of the movie which is a standout. The film has numerous action
sequences throughout and they enthrall the viewer to no end keeping
them hooked onto their seats.
only gripe i had with KHAKEE was that Ram Sampaths music was not
needed at all. DIL DOOBA and VAADA RAHA hinder the films pace and
don't gel at all with the film proceedings. He should have just left
AISA JAADO and thats about it. The songs seem like mere gimmicks at
times and KHAKEE is a film that didn't need a romantic track AT ALL!
picturisations of all songs are great and Lara Dutta is STUNNINGLY HOT
in AISA JAADO. MERE MAULA and OOPARWALE are good as the background
& situational numbers.
up where does that leave KHAKEE? a BRILLIANT film that will be
remembered years down the track as a exhilirating and heard pounding
cop movie! The stage is (hopefully) set for the year 2004 and mark my
words KHAKEE will feature in the years top 5 even at the end of 2004!
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