Movie Review: Kaanchi (2014)

Box Office: Disaster

Kaanchi is a story of the inner power of a woman who represents millions of suppressed youth against injustice in the country. It is also the story of an innocent rural beauty and her fight against power.Kaanchi – The Unbreakable is is produced and directed by Subhash Ghai, starring newcomer actress Mishti and Kartik Tiwari in lead roles supported by veteran actors Rishi Kapoor and Mithun Chakraborty.

KAANCHI starts off very well, with Ghai capturing certain moments that stay with you. The first hour has several engaging and interesting episodes, while the twist in the tale that leaves Kaanchi shattered is the highpoint of the movie… one expects the post-interval portions to only go forward from this point. Sadly, KAANCHI hits a rough patch in the second hour.

What could’ve been a thought-provoking film deviates into sub-plots that seem far from interesting. For instance, the entire track involving Rishi Kapoor and Mishti looks ridiculous. Additionally, the portions that show Mishti landing herself a job in Mithun’s home and the sequence when she discovers the relationship Mithun shares with an important member of his political party is absolutely weird. Even the closing stages — Mishti fighting the opponent — is far from real. Like I pointed out earlier, Ghai tries to pack in too much for the entertainment-seeking spectator, which, in the final tally, appears forced in the scheme of things. The run time is another deterrent, which could’ve controlled had Ghai eliminated the unwanted tracks in the narrative.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “It’s time to take on corruption head-long. “Kaanchi” does just that. With feeling and drama.”
4.0 “Epic tale of women’s empowerment.”
3.0 “Kaanchi the rural beauty who fights for justice through her inner power with the unethical and unjust is a film worth a watch.”
One India
Average Reviews
2.5 “Mr Ghai you’re the maker of Kaalicharan, Vishwanath, Karz, Hero, Ram Lakhan, Karma, Pardes and Taal. Permit us to just rewind to your past glory.”
Times Of India
2.5 ” KAANCHI could’ve been a riveting fare, but doesn’t rise beyond the ordinary in the final tally.”
Bollywood Hungama
2.5 “Kaanchi is strictly for old time’s sake.”
NDTV Movies
2.5 “Kaanchi is a film that may entertain you if you are a fan of Subhash Ghai films. “
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Kaanchi` does not work on any front. Watch the movie at your own risk”
2.0 “‘Kaanchi’ is curious for being a Subash Ghai movie for those who have grown with his cinema but sadly the movie turns out to be injurious for a Ghai or a bollywood fan in general.”

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