Amidst a flood of family oriented movies, which looked more or less like marriage
videos, came Kachche Dhaage, an out-and-out masala movie. But it wasn't
the relief that it should have been. It was a hotchpotch effort to woo the audiences
with typecast roles and a hackneyed story line, and failed miserably. Ajay Devgan
as an angry young man and Saif Ali Khan as a spoilt rich brat find tailor-made
roles, but a movie is more than just that. It is in the other departments that
Kachche Dhaage fails.
The story line is as old as the hills. Two stepbrothers, one Muslim
and the other Hindu, are united over their father's deathbed. But they hate
each other's guts. And they part, sorry that they ever had to meet. But circumstances
force them together when they become the target of a terrorist conspiracy.
They are on the run, with the cops, and the CBI to boot, after them. Ajay
Devgan plays Afthaab, a border thief, and Saif plays an advertising executive,
Dhananjay. These two run and run from the law almost throughout the length
of the movie. Sadashiv Amrapurkar plays a CBI officer who tries hard to convince
Govind Namdeo, a Rajasthan police officer, not to shoot the two fugitives,
but to catch them alive. Manisha Koirala and Namrata Shirodkar play the sweethearts
of the two heroes. But they are there in the movie just as mannequins for
prancing about in the mandatory songs.
That is the basic story line, with many unnecessary twists and turns to drag the
movie to the requisite three hours. There is an effort at creating some suspense
over a traitor in the military camp who is leaking information to the terrorists,
but it fails miserably for reasons that I'd better not reveal. Action and stunts
strive to be spectacular, but fall short of the mark. There is some humor included
in the form of conversations between Afthaab and Dhananjay, but that is hardly
sufficient to retain audience interest throughout the length of the movie. This
is one movie that hardly survived for a week after its release. One wonders which
optimistic soul thought of its re-release.