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Khakee (2004)

 -  Drama | Action  -  23 January 2004 (USA)
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DCP Anant Shrivastav (Amitabh Bachchan) has been assigned the mission to escort terrorist Iqbal Ansari (Atul Kulkarni) from Chandangarh to Mumbai. His terrorist organization are determined ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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DCP Anant Kumar Shrivastav
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Sr. Inspector Shekhar Verma
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Yashwant Angre, Former Police Officer
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Mahalaxshmi (as Aishwarya Rai)
Tusshar Kapoor ...
Sub Inspector Ashwin Gupte (as Tusshar)
Atul Kulkarni ...
Dr. Iqbal Ansari
Jayapradha ...
Jaya Shrivastav (Special Appearance) (as Jaya Prada)
Lara Dutta ...
Dancer 'Aisa Jadoo' (Special Appearance)
Prakash Raj ...
ACP Naidu
Sabyasachi Chakraborty ...
Minister Deodhar (as Sabyasachi Chakrabarty)
Tanuja ...
Dr. Iqbal Ansari's mother
Ashwini Khalsekar
Radhika Menon
D. Santosh
Kamlesh Sawant ...
Constable Kamlesh Sawant
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Storyline

DCP Anant Shrivastav (Amitabh Bachchan) has been assigned the mission to escort terrorist Iqbal Ansari (Atul Kulkarni) from Chandangarh to Mumbai. His terrorist organization are determined to obtain him again. The plan for this is led by Yashwant Angre (Ajay Devgan), a ruthless killer and a former police officer. Anant's team consists of Inspector Shekhar Sachdev (Akshay Kumar), rookie cop Ashwin Gupte (Tusshar Kapoor) and two more inspectors. Soon Mahalakshmi (Aishwarya Rai) joins them as she is the only witness to have seen Yashwant. The team are armed and ready to go but danger lurks everywhere as the terrorist organization are determined to make sure the officers do not make it to Mumbai. The trip turns into survival when the team are attacked at various times. Finally the team make it to an abandoned cottage in the forest but there is a shoot out and the team are heavily outnumbered. Shekhar tries to force an exchange but against Anant's and Ashwin's judgement. Finally Ansari, ... Written by gavin@sunny_deol2009@yahoo.com

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Also Known As:

Khakee - Das tödliche Gesetz Indiens  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£87,379 (UK) (23 January 2004)

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£87,379 (UK) (23 January 2004)
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Trivia

Rajkumar Santoshi wanted to make a film about cops with Amitabh Bachchan ever since he was involved as an assistant in Ardh Satya (1983). See more »

Goofs

While driving the jeep, Shekhar is holding a revolver (with his finger on the trigger) in close-ups. However in the wider shots he has no gun. See more »

Quotes

Yashwant Angre: Welcome... Welcome to Chandangarh.
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References Amistad (1997) See more »

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Dil Dooba
Music by Ram Sampat
Lyrics by Sameer
Performed by Sonu Nigam and Shreya Ghoshal
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long but fun action flick
13 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Audiences in India must have amazing attention spans if `Khakee' is any indication of what passes for `normal' in their cinema-going experience. This political action drama runs 180 minutes, a playing time usually reserved in the States for sweeping historical epics or theater-based musical comedies. Yet, despite its enormous length, `Khakee' is very rarely boring, mainly due to its no-holds-barred, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink shamelessness. Writer/director Rajkumar Santhosi throws just about every element he can get his hands on into the mix: car chases, hand-to-hand combat scenes, heroes who are dripping with nobility, a villain who wears sunglasses even at night and seems to be lurking around literally every corner, a pair of star-crossed lovers, innumerable plot twists, corrupt government officials, even a couple of delightful but utterly irrelevant fantasy musical sequences in the best Bollywood tradition. None of this really should work but somehow it all does. Credit the filmmakers for providing the high energy and exuberant spirit necessary to pull it off.

The plot seems as if it could have been ripped right out of today's headlines, what with the government bringing together a team of five crack policemen to escort a recently arrested Pakistani terrorist safely into the hands of justice so that he can stand trial for helping to incite a riot in an Indian city. Or is it really the government officials who are corrupt and the `terrorist' an innocent victim of their grand conspiracy? Despite the apparent topicality of the subject matter, `Khakee' is really nothing more than an enjoyably over-the-top, entertaining action picture with a surprising amount of humor and warmth to counterbalance the violence. The five policemen have an almost Keystone Kops quality to them at times, making them very likable from the outset. Santhosi also allows us just enough of a glimpse into their personal and family lives to make the characters believable and interesting. It doesn't hurt that the leader of the team is actually a craggy-faced, pot-bellied middle-aged man, far from the typical Hollywood action hero. As a result of this bond established between them and the audience, the trite and corny speeches the characters deliver extolling the virtues of dedication and honor are far more stirring and effective than they have any real right to be.

`Khakee' has an almost effortless quality to it that makes it preferable to most similar films made here in the United States. There seems so little sweating and straining going on here. While the editing is often very flashy and sophisticated, the somewhat muddy photography and almost laughably bad sound effects give the film a rough-around-the-edges, homespun quality that makes it especially endearing. The movie never stops moving, which is one of the reasons why one hardly notices its three-hour running time.

`Khakee' is no masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, but it knows what it wants to do and succeeds in doing it very well indeed.


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