For a filmmaker who has shelled out Box Office hits from the likes of `Karz` to the musical drama `Taal`, the last decade and a half have not turned out to be good for the producer director. With `Kaanchi`, Ghai remains true to his form, and churns out yet another uninteresting production.
2014 has so far been good for newcomers, Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Parineeti Chopra, Arjun Kapoor. They all have wooed the critics and audiences alike, but unfortunately it might not prove to be the same for Mishti.
Mishti plays the role of Kaanchi, a rebellious young lass from the hilly village of Koshampa in Uttaranchal. The character of Kaanchi seems to be heavily borrowed from Ghai`s Maansi from `Taal` (played by Aishwarya Rai). Her looks, her sans make-up avatar, her light hazel eyes and her headstrong attitude are all reminiscent of Aish. However, as beautiful and innocent looking Mishti is as Kaanchi, she lacks the grace and poise of Aishwarya.
Kaanchi then has to move on to big bad Mumbai seeking revenge when her young love is crushed under the wheels a la `Karz`. She takes on the over the top characters of Kakras, played by Mithun Chakravarty and Rishi Kapoor. Kartik Tiwari is somewhat cute but does not have a very established role. No wonder he was absent from the promotional campaigns.
The first half of the movie keeps winding on to form the basic premise of the revenge saga. With a dramatic twist just before the interval, things start looking up. But soon that little glimmer of hope dies when you see that Mishti in a bid to show a grieving lover, starts shrieking and one starts wondering whether she wants revenge or psychiatric help. Her performance over the pace of the movie becomes monotonous and even though she is not wooden, she does not demonstrate her acting prowess to make a clear mark in Bollywood yet.
The second half of the movie tries to emulate the feel of Rakesyh Omprakash Mehra`s `Rang De Basanti`. While `RDB` shines in the portrayal intent and the anger, `Kaanchi` tries to justify itself. There is no desh ki seva in the heroine`s mind as she plots her sloppy revenge, but Ghai tries to bring in social activists and corruption in a bid to prove a point. The plot is so naïve that most of the audience was laughing at Kaanchi`s antics rather than support her in her movement.
Ghai tries to bank on the anti corruption election fever, but even in that he fails as the villains are completely wasted.
Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakravarty`s talent as actors does not have to be proven, but in the movie they are nothing more than caricatures. Rishi Kapoor tries to play the suave, loud mouthed casanova, and makes no impact. He lacks the charm, wit, humour and evil. Mithun, who has won National Awards is a lost cause as well, he makes absolutely no effort in his small and could have been powerful role as the heinous baddie. He is sent off in the script just as dismissively.
Ghai who has been known for his beautiful music, even in his worse productions does not make a mark in this aspect either. `Yaadein` and even `Yuvraj` is remembered for its music if not for the script of the movie. Apart from `Kaanchi re Kaanchi` and `Kaisa Hai Dard Mera`, both composed by Ismail Durbar, the rest of the songs sound as if composed for a B grade movie. `Kambal Ke Neeche` is downright cheap even though it tries to play on a popular college joke of adding a nasty line to popular movie or song titles.
All in all `Kaanchi` does not work on any front. Watch the movie at your own risk, but your heart breaks to see a showman failing to produce a good show.