Kaante (2002)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 34 mins

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On or about 12 May 00, a truck gets stolen in Los Angeles, and the Police bring in six men of South Asian origin for questioning. They are: Yashvardhan Rampal, known as 'Major' educated intelligent, unemployed, with an ailing wife who longs to return to India; Non-English speaking Jay Rehan, otherwise known as 'Ajju', a foul-mouthed, trigger-happy gangster. Also in the group are an out-of-work former nightclub bouncer, Marc Issak, whose girlfriend, Lisa, is a bar dancer, and who is known to get into fights due to his uncontrollable temper; a drug dealer, Raj Yadav, otherwise known as Bali, foul-mouthed, womanizer, stutterer, and alcoholic; Bali's sidekick, Maqbool Haider, otherwise known as Mac; White-collared Anand Mathur, alias Andy, recently separated from his wife, Renu, and longing to get back together with his son, who he cannot get custody of due to financial problems. The six confer in a cell, cite woes that even though the Italians have their Mafia, the Colombians have their Cartels, but the East Indian criminal community is yet to forge a Bhai-type organization, resulting in their getting pulled-in as the usual suspects every time there is a crime involving a colored person. They plot to get back at the cops by robbing the American Services Bank, perhaps the only bank which has a majority of it's clientèle employed by the city police. They plan and carry out this caper quite successfully, but when they exit the bank, they find themselves surrounded by the Police. After a shoot-out, They do manage to escape and meet in a secret hideout, to not only share the loot, but also try and find out who betrayed them. Ajju abducts Police Interrogator, Detective MacQuarrie, and it is through him they learn that their informer is one of them - and they must find out his identity - kill him - then divide the loot amongst them and disperse. The only problem is the informer is not willing to come forward - with the whole atmosphere rife with suspicion and mistrust, how will the betrayer be found?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty

Crew: Sanjay Gupta (Director), Kurt Brabbee (Director of Photography), Anand Raj Anand (Music Director), Lucky Ali (Music Director), Shekhar Ravjiani (Music Director), Vishal Dadlani (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama

Release Dates: 20 Dec 2002 (India)

Tagline: Six honest intentions. One perfect betrayal

Hindi Name: कांटे

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as Yashvardhan 'Major' Rampal
as Jay 'Ajju' Rehan
as Marc Issak
as Pathan
as Dancer / Singer in Club
as Anand 'Andy' Mathur
as Maqbool 'Mak' Haider
as Raj 'Bali' Yadav
as Lisa - Marc's girlfriend
as Major's wife




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Music Label: T-Series
Music Director: Anand Raj Anand
Lyricist: Dev Kohli
Music Director: Anand Raj
Lyricist: Dev Kohli
Music Director: Lucky Ali
Lyricist: Lucky Ali
Playback Singer: Lucky Ali
Music Director: Anand Raj Anand
Lyricist: Dev Kohli
Playback Singer: Deanna Dunagan, Zubin Garg
Music Director: Anand Raj Anand
Lyricist: Dev Kohli
Playback Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Director: Anand Raj Anand
Playback Singer: Sulaiman Merchant
Music Director: Inder Raj Anand
Lyricist: Dev Kohli
Playback Singer: Sonu Nigam
Music Director: Anand Raj Anand
Lyricist: Dev Kohli
Playback Singer: Richa Sharma, Sukhwinder Singh
Six honest intentions. One perfect betrayal
6 perfect strangers, 1 perfect crime. Now, all they have to fear is each other...
Kill, threaten, kidnap, maim, murder, steal....Meet the masters.
This film's central plot is based on Quentin Tarantino's 'Reservoir Dogs', and also borrows plot points from 'The Usual Suspects' and 'Heat'. However, Tarantino has been quoted as saying that amongst the many movies that were inspired from his film, this movie is his favourite.

This movie is said to have had one of the highest box office openers in Bollywood history.

The movie was scheduled to be shot in the Mumbai slums but eventually it went to LA instead.

The film was to star Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Sunil Shetty, Akshaye Khanna, Mahesh Manjrekar, Kumar Gaurav, Shilpa Shetty and Lisa Ray initially. But Akshaye Khanna opted out of the project subsequently, while Malaika Arora stepped in Shilpa's shoes and Namrata Singh Gujral replaced Lisa.

This was Amitabh Bachchan's 100th lead role.
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Referenced in: Chalte Chalte (Hindi)
Referenced in: Loot (Hindi)