Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Sanjay Gupta|
|Produced by||Pritish Nandy Communications
Film Club Limited
|Written by||Milap Zaveri (dialogues)|
|Screenplay by||Sanjay Gupta
Namrata Singh Gujral
|Music by||Anand Raj Anand
|Edited by||Bunty Nagi|
White Feather Films,
|Box office||est.₹429.6 million (US$6.4 million)|
Kaante (Hindi: कांटे, English: Thorns) is a 2002 Indian 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 (1992), and also borrows plot points from The Usual Suspects (1995) and Heat (1995). Tarantino has been quoted as saying that Kaante is his favourite among the many rip-offs of his film.
The film is narrated by Mak (Lucky Ali). 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" (Amitabh Bachchan) and blown up by "Ajju" (Sanjay Dutt), who asks them to meet him in his club, they all hatch a plan to rob the bank in which lie the fundings 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 (Suniel Shetty) is a bouncer who hates the way his love of life, 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 over. 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 medicines and injections. Andy (Kumar Gaurav) is a young, intelligent, software engineer who is having divorce and custody troubles, as his wife won't let him meet their child. He also has troubles with his job. Major knows that Andy is the most important member of the group as he is the only one who can hack out the bank system. Mak and Bali (Mahesh Manjrekar) are two drug-peddlers who live off the street selling and buying illicit drugs under a drug lord. They 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 on this method from that time on.
They meet on a hotel roof-top 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 that the robbery was to take place the next day. Their arrangement on the rooftop, makes for some hilarious scenes. Once they meet a grenade-supplier who is a Kashmiri. He reveals that he is the one who supplies bombs and ammunition that burns Kashmir. On hearing this, Marc and Andy throw him off the hotel roof off which he dies. 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 on which, Mak is hit by a bullet off saving Major. They all escape and meet at their hideout. They realize that someone might have informed police and realize that the police might reach 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 realizes 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 apologizes to Mak, for not saving him. In reply, Mak apologizes saying he was just doing his duty. Major realizes 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'
- Sanjay Dutt as Jay Rehan 'Ajju'
- Suniel Shetty as Marc Issak
- Mahesh Manjrekar as Raj Yadav 'Baali'
- Lucky Ali as Maqbool Haider 'Mak'
- Kumar Gaurav as Anand Mathur 'Andy'
- 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".
Kaante holds an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a website that rates films based on published reviews by critics, averaging a score of 6.4 out of 10 from 6 reviews. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film three and a half stars our of five and stated, "Kaante takes a step forward in terms of content and technique. An apt example of progressive cinema that breaks the shackles of stereotype, the film has everything to woo the cinegoer: an impressive cast, grandiose look, an excellent second half, well executed stunts, popular music and eroticism in plenty". Prem Panicker of Rediff criticized the film saying "A more taut script, a little less of indulgence in directing, a tad more ruthlessness in editing, and this film could have pulled off a badly needed box office heist." A reviewer at Sify awarded the film three and a half stars out of five and wrote, "A film far ahead of its time in terms of execution, Kaante is a visual delight. And combined with good performances and superb action, it's a must-see this season."
Derek Elley of Variety praised the direction and performances of the lead cast saying, "From the protags’ initial meeting, heavy on closeups, Gupta directs the film primarily as a character piece, with Bachchan, Dutt and semi-comic relief Manjrekar driving the drama with richly characterized roles. Shetty, a tightly wound actor at the best of times, strikes few sparks as the nightclub bouncer, and his scenes with Arora as the chanteuse are flat." Dave Kehr of The New York Times reviewed the film writing, "A delirious Bollywood reimagining of Reservoir Dogs, complete with musical numbers, Sanjay Gupta's Kaante shifts as fluidly between cinematic idioms as it does between Hindi and English." Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times said, "there is a steadfast earnestness in director Sanjay Gupta's deluded attempt to equal or even better Hollywood on its own ground that is rather touching -- but not to the degree that it sustains the film's many tedious stretches."
|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||Kumar Sanu & Kavita Krishnamurthy|
|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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