(Binda), Mithun Chakraborty (Shyam Kakda), Rishi Kapoor (Jhumar Babu Kakda aka
JB), Adil Hussain (Arun Roy), Rishabh Sinha (Sushant Kakda), Chandan Roy Sanyal
(Ratanlal Bagula), Pallavi Subash Chandran aka Pallavi Purohit (Savita Pathare),
Sahil Vaid (Satyakam), Meeta Vashisht (Mita), Shakti Mohan & Neeti Mohan
(Item Song), Mahima Chaudhary (Special Appearance)
awaited movie of Subhash Ghai after a gap of five years (last
movie was Yuvvraaj). Story of an ordinary girl Kaanchi from a village Koshampa (a
village for army men) in Uttrakhand. It is about her grit, determination,
courage to even question the system in her own manner. Subhash Ghai has gone for the
blend of Romance with other issues viz. Patriotism, Political leaders’ ruthless
/ shrewd ways, corruption, even business leaders laying down the rules of the
business, black money, helplessness of the common man facing unresponsive
bureaucracy and government etc.
Ratanlal Bagula (Chandan Roy Sanyal – Oh, I loved him in this movie, excellent
work, refer the ‘Cast and their Performance’ header below) being questioned by
a few Police officers and mainly by an investigation officer Arun Roy (Adil
Hussain). Bagula is asked about the whereabouts of Sigdi Aka Kaanchi (Indrani
Chakraborty, renamed by Subhash Ghai as Mishti). Arun asks Bagula to tell him
the ‘truth behind the truth’. The story unfolds with his narration.
men and their families, in Uttarkhand and the heroine of the village is none
other than Kaanchi. She stands for ‘what is right’ and Mr. Ghai has even
projected her as giving abuses to men, if men trouble her, projected her fiery temperaments,
never-compromising attitudes. Proud of her martyr father’s legacy, Kaanchi swaggers
around wearing the thick khaki belt which was a part of her father’s military
(Karthik Aaryan – Pyar ke Panchnama & Akaash Vani fame). Binda runs a
Military Training School. He has three major philosophies:
- Fear no evil
- Do what is right
- Fight for what is right.
moments of love and teasing between Binda and Kaanchi (minus ‘Jhand’, ‘Jhalli’
etc.). Then the entry of Kakda(s) in Koshampa: Politician Shyam Kakda (Mithun
Chakraborty) and his businessman brother Jhumar Baba Kakda (Rishi Kapoor) and
Sushant Kakda (Rishabh Sinha – Qubool Hai- Zee TV serial fame and in this
movie, son of Shyam Kakda). Binda is fighting a court case against Kakda(s) for
their land of Koshampa. Kakdas want to buy this Koshampa village for their
Koshampa Vally Infrastructure project.
words he is unlike his dad and uncle), happens to meet Kaanchi with whom he
falls in love. Sushant’s humbleness and Kaanchi’s simplicity and beauty bring
them closer. Sushant gets miffed up on being rejected by Kaanchi, which made
him an obsessive beast (overnight!!!).
her life, and she becomes a witness to her own miseries. But Kaanchi doesn’t mourn,
she just gets up, moves ahead and reaches Mumbai at Ratanlal Bagula’s (her
childhood acquaintance and senior in school) house and seeks support from him.
Now it is Kaanchi vs. Kakda (s). What ensues is to be seen.
actually made Kaanchi to stand against
Kakda (s)? Does Bagula join her journey ? Who all becomes partners to Kaanchi’s
journey ? What is the motive of Kaanchi ? Does
her mission remains personal or it shifts gears to a wider arena – socio-political
? Does she get to see success in her efforts ? We generally sing Sare Jahan se acha
Hindustan humara – is it really so ? Or we need to sing Sare Jahan se acha ‘hoga’
Hindustan humara ? Is it all about women empowerment and an ode to new-age
things in a style. And there are lot of Subash Ghai moments in the movie, right
from introducing the main protagonist of the movie Kaanchi to adding glitz,
glamour and some typical bollywood masala of item number. Kaanchi is well
handled by him. I just wished, he could have added moments of more romance of
Binda and Kaanchi, but then, he had to do justice to 2.5 hrs of the movie. Dialogues could have been much better. Overall
a good effort by Mr. Ghai.
and their Performance:
is Chandan Roy Sanyal as Ratanlal Bagula. Absolute delight to watch him. He is
good, funny, and has done complete justice to his pliable character. He did
bring lot of smiles to my face.
Chakraborty as Kaanchi aka Sigdi, is good. Looks extremely beautiful in certain
scenes. But I think, she looked too soft to ill mouth. Her innocent look did not
support certain scenes. And her voice cracked when she went on a emotional high
or shouted. And in certain scenes, her struts did not look very impressive. But
given the fact that, Kaanchi is this Bengali
Model’s first movie, we shall appreciate her. A ‘Mishti’ performance.
good. I wish, he had a few more frames. At times, he also went loud, but
definitely his screen presence is worth a mention.
Kakda is also good. I loved him when he played an artist in the movie. I think,
he has yet to break his shayari-spouting image of Qubool Hai, but a great work
from him in this movie.
Chakraborty as Shyam Kakda and Rishi Kapoor Jhumar Babu Kakda aka JB are
definitely very very convincing and so beyond any comments. Mithun’s dialogue –
सब पद्धति से होना है (a planned approach for
everything) is noticeable.
investigation officer Arun Roy, Pallavi Subash Chandran aka Pallavi Purohit
(Savita Pathare, secretary of Shyam Kakda), Sahil Vaid (Satyakam, Jai Yuva
Sangh activist), Meeta Vashisht (Mita, Jai Yuva Sangh activist) are also good.
Mohan does an Item Song with Mahima Chaudhary giving a special appearance.
Salim Sulaiman and one song by Mr. Ghai himself.
Kaanchi (Sukhwinder Singh), the very first song is melodious. Tu sab Kuch Re
(Sonu Nigam, Anwesha Datta Gupta, Ismail Darbar) is very good supported with
good visuals. Koshampa (Aman Trikha, Sachita, Anweshaa, Subhash Ghai) has
energy. Kaisa Hai Dard Mera (Ankit Tiwari) is also good. But Adiye Adiye
(Sanchita & Avril Quadros) is just ok.
Mushtanda (Mika Singh & Aishwarya Majumdar)… Oh…the lyrics are crap.
(Sonu Nigam and Suzane D’mello) has the energy, but somehow, just ok. Hindustan
Kahan hai (Sukhwinder Singh, Mohit Chauhan, Raj Pandit), a patriotic number is
with lot of energy, but sounds familiar, novelty is missing.
Ghai want to create another Choli ke Peeche? But yes, need to mention about the
three Mohan sisters: Neeti Mohan has sung this song along with Aishwarya
Majumdar and Sanchita. And her two sisters Shakti and Mukti Mohan feature in
this song. The split move shown by Shakti Mukti and at the end of the song is good.
Shimla and Mumbai. Sudhir K Chaudhary has given some great visuals through this
movie especially that of Koshampa.
to watch out for:
- Kaanchi’s indomitable spirit
- Kaanchi’s relationship with her mother
- Kaanchi’s strength as a female protagonist
the very spirit of Kaanchi.
slangs ? Jhumar Baba’s fling with girls… not impressive. The character Kaanchi’s
strength is tried to be justified through her training visuals at Military
Training School of Binda but still, it is difficult to comprehend and believe that
she survives her jump from a high point to deep river.
– The Unbreakable’ is good to watch due to its ‘Unbreakable Spirit’…