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Kaanchi Movie Review: Why is Subhash Ghai still stuck in the 1990s?

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Subhash Ghai seems to be still living in his glorious era.
  • Kaanchi Movie Review: Why is Subhash Ghai still stuck in the 1990s?
    Kaanchi Movie Review: Why is Subhash Ghai still stuck in the 1990s?

    While watching Kaanchi, for once we thought we were in 1990s, and it was in the interval, when the lights came back, we were transported back to 2014. A lot has changed since 1999 (when Subhash Ghai gave his last blockbuster film, Taal)- style of storytelling, actors, cinema halls and even the taste of popcorn, but Subhash Ghai seems to be still living in his glorious era.

    SG’s Kaanchi has mountains, music, a sweet actress, a sanskari hero, a spoilt brat (which almost all his films had), but the soul is missing. Even the music of his ‘musical film’ is not an iota of what you call 'magical'.

    His new discovery Mishti (who played the character of Kaanchi) looks convincing in the first half, but she couldn’t justify the transformation (from sweet to sharp) of her character in the second half.

    Is Kaanchi a musical film?

    For some unknown or rather strange reason, Kaanchi was marketed as a musical film. Subhash Ghai, in fact, went on to say that the music of the film is magical. There are about a dozen songs in the film, but hardly there is any song, which you might want to listen again.

    Kaanchi (which is a political film) could have been made even without the three unnecessary item numbers.

    Is Kaanchi a political film?

    The story of Kaanchi revolves around a corrupt political family who wants to build a city in Kaanchi (Mishti)’s village. The story takes a complete U-turn when they kill Mishti’s boyfriend. The second half is all about women empowerment, fight with corruption and change- a complete political flavor.

    How is Mishti in the film?

    A lot has been said about Mishti’s looks. Yes in many scenes, she does look like Aishwarya Rai. On acting front, she justified her character in the first half, but second half appeared to be a bit tough for her.

    The Big Question- should I watch Kaanchi?

    We suggest to you to rather buy Subhash Ghai’s old classic and watch them again on TV. You can give Kaanchi a miss.

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