Had KAANCHI been released in the early 90s, it would surely have done well. But since that time, films in India have taken a leap forward, both with newer directors and talent coming onto the scene as well as it getting technically sound.
KAANCHI fails on both these counts; it is an outdated storyline and does not even boast of any technical finesse. In fact, for the first 20 minutes or so, you are treated to a screenplay along with characters that would best describe CID on Sony TV or Lapataganj
, another serial.
Thirdly, Mishti, who makes her debut playing the title role, lacks conviction. She is plain in every scene. Even post interval, when she has to perform with steely resolve, she comes out playing this lost child with her sweet innocent charm. A complete miscast.
Never once does the level of performances rise above mediocre. Subhash Ghai ensures that. Also, his fixation of using lyrics from his older movies demonstrates that he is happy living in the past. Life goes on; we all have to move forward. CHECK OUT: KAANCHI songs lyrics
If you are wondering what the story is all about, here goes: In a small town called Koshambi, somewhere in the north, Kaanchi lives her peaceful life with her family and childhood friend who she will marry. But disaster strikes in the form of Kakad Jr. (Rishab Sinha), a politician's son. When he realizes he is obsessed with Kaanchi and she is to marry her childhood sweetheart, he kills him.
She comes to Mumbai to seek revenge. She manages to knock off the powerful politician's family who has been ruling the city for 30 years.
Ghai comes a little late in the day with his banner to end corruption and to fight for the right and not to bow down to corrupt politicians. In fact he tries to tell too many things and confuses the little girl, Mishti.
Rishab Sinha is first rate and the only one to leave his imprint with his fantastic performance. For the rest, it was like a reunion party.
Contrary to Ghai's tag line which reads 'The Unbreakable', KAANCHI is brittle!