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|Directed by||Sanjay Gupta (director)|
|Produced by||Pritish Nandy Communications
Film Club Limited
|Written by||Sanjay Gupta|
Namrata Singh Gujral
|Narrated by||Lucky Ali|
|Music by||Anand Raj Anand
|Edited by||Bunty Nagi|
|Distributed by||White Feather Films|
|Release date(s)||20 December 2002|
|Running time||154 mins|
|Budget||20 million (US$332,000.00)|
|Box office||320 million (US$5.3 million)|
Kaante (Hindi: कांटे, English: Thorns) is a 2002 Bollywood action film directed by Sanjay Gupta and starring Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Lucky Ali, Kumar Gaurav, Namrata Singh Gujral, Rati Agnihotri, Malaika Arora and Isha Koppikar in the lead roles. The film's central plot is based on Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, and also borrows plot points from The Usual Suspects and Heat. However, Tarantino has been quoted as saying that Kaante is his favourite among the many rip-offs of his film.
The movie is narrated by (Lucky Ali), as Mak. The six main characters are detained by the LAPD, and interrogated about stealing a truck full of laptops and its whereabouts. All six are detained for about a day, where their deep antipathy towards the police department, for arresting them without any apparent evidence against all of them, and just because the witnesses had seen a South Asian at work, grows into a daring plot. Sparked by "Major Sudhir" and blown up by "Ajju", who asks them to meet him in his club, they all hatch a plan to rob the bank in which holds the payroll for the LAPD. In return, Ajju reveals that he was the truck stealer and splits the money with all. Everyone goes about their normal life after that, in which it is revealed the personal troubles all face. Marc is a bouncer who hates the way his lover, a club-dancer, has to live and decides to rescue her from the club owner Cyrus, by paying him the required money.
Ajju is a club owner who is facing his own problems handling the club and has to lease it out. He also has an ongoing spat with Marc about his girlfriend. Major has a sick wife who he has to look after by supplying her with medicine and injections. Andy is a young, intelligent, software engineer who is having problems with his job and is in the middle of a divorce and custody dispute with his wife. Major knows that Andy is the most important member of the group as he is the only one who can hack the bank's computer system. Mak and Bali are two drug-peddlers who live off the street selling and buying illicit drugs for a drug lord. They first meet when Bali is being chased by some undercover policemen and meets Mak in alley where he is adjusting something in his car. He agrees to save him only if he splits his loot. They agree to work as partners on those terms from then on.
The six characters meet on a hotel rooftop where they construct their plan and arrange for arms, ammunition, vehicles and gadgets. They do some reconnaissance around the bank and two days before the robbery, Major calls up everyone to surprise them, telling them the robbery is to take place the next day. On the day of the robbery, they meet unexpected visitors in a SWAT team waiting for them outside the bank. They are engaged in gunfight during which Mak takes a bullet for Major. They all escape and meet at their hideout, however, they realise that someone might have betrayed them to police and realise that the police might know about their hideout as well. Mak, who was hit, is not allowed to be taken to the hospital, and Major treats his wound with some alcohol. They all have verbal scuffle after which, Ajju, reveals he had kidnapped the Police Chief. They interrogate him and get to know that one among them, was an undercover cop. This strikes terror among them and they all decide to bring the whole stolen amount to their hideout. On the process, they meet a number of surprises. Major finds out that his wife had died. Ajju befriends Marc and tells him to elope with his girlfriend. Marc finds out that Ajju was feigning his inability to speak English. When they return, they find Bali dead, killed by Mak because Bali was being inhuman in his interrogation of the Police Chief. Ajju realises Mak to be the informer. Major defends Mak because he saved him during the gunfight at the bank. They all arrive at a Mexican stand-off, with Andy as the viewer. He retreats and runs away with the bags. They all kill each other, during which Major apologises to Mak, for not saving him. In reply, Mak apologises saying he was just doing his duty. Major realises his mistake and shoots the already dying Mak in the head. Marc's girlfriend is shown waiting for him at the airport and Andy is shown at the end driving off the highway pursued by a Police helicopter. It is ascertained that he also died as all of them are, narrated by Mak, to have met in hell.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Yashvardhan Rampal 'Major' (Mr White/Larry Dimmick played by Harvey Keitel)
- Sanjay Dutt as Jay Rehan 'Ajju' (Joseph "Joe" Cabot played by Lawrence Tierney)
- Suniel Shetty as Marc Issak ("Nice Guy Eddie" Cabot played by Chris Penn)
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Raj Yadav 'Baali' (Mr Blonde/Victor "Vic" Vega played by Michael Madsen)
- Lucky Ali as Maqbool Haider 'Mak' (Mr Orange/Detective Freddy Newandyke played by Tim Roth)
- Kumar Gaurav as Anand Mathur 'Andy' (Mr Pink played by Steve Buscemi)
- Malaika Arora as Lisa
- Ranjit Choudhary as McQuarrie's Partner
- Sanjay Sippy as Mr. Adler
- Rati Agnihotri as Major's Wife
- Aslam Khan as Pathan
- Gulshan Grover as Cyrus
- Jeff Davis as Det. McQuarrie
- Eesha Koppikhar in a Special Appearance in song, "Ishq Samundar"
- Rohit Roy in a Special Appearance in song, "Ishq Samundar"
The film was to star Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Mahesh Manjrekar, Kumar Gaurav, Shilpa Shetty and Lisa Ray initially. Akshaye Khanna opted out of the project subsequently and was replaced by Lucky Ali, while Malaika Arora stepped in Lisa Ray's shoes and Namrata Singh Gujral was cast opposite Kumar Gaurav in lieu of Shilpa Shetty.
The character of Renu Mathur (played by Namrata Singh Gujral) was the only role cast in Hollywood from the entire principal cast. All other principals including Amitabh Bachchan were flown in from Mumbai for the Hollywood shoot.
The film was the first Bollywood film to be completely shot in Los Angeles. The film's production team used Hollywood technicians. The filming was completed in 31 days. Rohit Roy (from Shootout at Lokhandwala and a popular television actor) makes an appearance in the song "Ishq Samandar".
|1.||"Baby Baby"||Anand Raj Anand||Sunidhi Chauhan|
|2.||"Chhod Na Re"||Vishal-Shekhar||Udit Narayan, Sanjay Dutt, Sudesh Bhosle, Mahesh Manjrekar|
|3.||"Dil Kya Kare"||Anand Raj Anand||Kavita Krishnamurthy, Kumar Sanu|
|4.||"Ishq Samundar"||Anand Raj Anand||Sunidhi Chauhan, Anand Raj Anand|
|5.||"Maahi Ve"||Anand Raj Anand||Sukhwinder Singh, Richa Sharma|
|6.||"Maut"||Lucky Ali||Lucky Ali|
|7.||"Rama Re"||Anand Raj Anand||Sanjay Dutt, Shaan, Zubeen Garg, Anand Raj Anand, Sudesh Bhosle|
|8.||"Socha Nahin Tha"||Anand Raj Anand||Shaan, Zubeen Garg|
|9.||"Yaar Maangiyasi"||Anand Raj Anand||Sonu Nigam|
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