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Khakee Review

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It is next to impossible to dislike Rakul Preet Singh. Her playful countenance, congenial attitude, lack of airs, and the fact that she speaks Telugu like a champ all make her an immensely likeable person. Regrettably, however, they don't make her an actress. If you were to cast her as a Delhi-born Punjaban who models and comes to the South looking to act in regional films (the keen reader will observe we're very much describing Rakul Preet Singh herself), she'll still look out of place in the role. Given this, you'll appreciate the general preposterousness of casting her as a local "ooru" Tamil girl and have her negotiate chemistry with a police officer husband.

Disappointingly, this is the very emotional core of the film which is supposed to inform us of how and why the police officer husband functions the way he does. He is supposed to share a deep loving bond with his wife while all we see is two actors awkwardly trying to make sense of the intimacy they seem to be forced into. There isn't a moment in Khakee where you buy this bond of theirs. It's all too silly, too superficial and too distant.

This distance that separates an audience from their film isn't a problem in a film which is designed and put together as a shopping bag of six fights, one intro song, two duets each with each heroine, an item number, half kilo amma sentiment, three packets of comedian bashing, a strip of cleavage, and 360 degrees of hero elevation. But there you will begin to see the matter of concern - Khakee isn't a grocery list. It's a thumping action thriller whose director (H Vinoth) is yet to completely shake off the supermarket philosophy of making films.

Khakee is the story of earnest cop Dheeraj Hariprasad who gets hot on the trail of an elusive, skilled and utterly vicious gang of burglars who employ animal hunting techniques on their human victims (it's an incredibly gory film by the way - perhaps even gorier than last week's murder fest Detective). The movie is really a procedural on how the indefatigable police team combs through the country (while also missing their families, shivering in the biting North Indian cold, and throwing up bad dhaba food) looking for fingerprint matches in prison registers to track down and contain the notorious gang. If the tracking down is tough, the containing is tougher, and often fatal.

Being based on true incidents, Khakee profits from real detail and eschewing mass film staples such as ten people walking up to the hero and getting diligently beaten up. Khakee, too, has such a boring fight where Karthi pulverises a few villains, but in a few minutes the tables turn, excitingly and hilariously, when he and his fleet are attacked and chased by a seething bunch of villagers. The difficulties are legitimately intimidating and, thereby, great fodder for later payoffs.

And Vinoth, when he forgets that he's working in a supermarket, can be an interesting director. There is a voiceover talking about getting related crime files from multiple states such as Haryana, Punjab, UP, MP and Odisha, and the visual is of a bunch of empty racks getting filled up with files. His camera zooms out of a scene of crime and flies over long stretches of forests before stopping on a mine where there is an explosion. A horse and its rider suddenly jostle into a frame which features a dead cow skull in the desert sand. And the limited palette animation he uses for exposition makes it feel as interesting as the main plot itself.

In terms of distance, if the romance portions feel like they are happening in a faraway galaxy, the investigation scenes feel like they are happening right there in front of you. And the action episodes manage to seep into you enough to have you shudder or bite on your nails.

Like the recent Garuda Vega, Khakee, too, is happy making its star work for his laurels. This is a film where the protagonist and his band deal with hardships more than they see success. And Karthi is very much game. As an officer who is frequently thwarted, ridiculed, and later ignored, Dheeraj Hariprasad is required to demonstrate a steely resolve which lets you want to stand by him even if his superiors don't. Karthi gives us that, and also the hope that he'll choose more of these well-worked scripts than empty star vehicles.
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The Common Movie Goer on 18th Nov 2017, 12:56pm | Permalink
Yasss! Some respite after DevD Reddy, Vunnadi Okate Zindagi (Anduke choodakandi ee cinema), and Raja the Worst. You have to admit Karthi picks some risky scripts sometimes.

Great review, Josh. The gore is definitely a motivating factor to watch this movie. I was waiting for fullhyd's review to come out, will try to watch this one over the weekend. How come you guys haven't reviewed this week's biggie, Justice League, yet?
Josh on 18th Nov 2017, 2:34pm | Permalink
Dude! PSV Garuda Vega is the film you're talking about. It is the best Telugu film I've seen in months or possibly even the last whole year.
sc13175 on 23rd Nov 2017, 2:21am | Permalink
I missed PSV. I really wanted to catch that in theatre. Will have to wait for DVD to show up.

The Common Movie Goer on 18th Nov 2017, 3:16pm | Permalink
I'll be watching it soon, that one just flew under my radar. Josh, do you remember suggesting a couple of english movies by some director. I forgot to make a note of them and for the life of me, I can't seem to find that comment. Please let me know if you remember anything of that sort, because I am not sure if it was you or TJ who suggested them.
Josh on 18th Nov 2017, 10:27pm | Permalink
TJ in all likelihood. I'm not all that familiar with English films the way TJ and Swaroop are.
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