Verdict: Fails to hold attention.
There used to be an era in Punjabi film industry where feuds between families and communities was the most commonly used story in films. Kacche Dhaage reminisces that era. Two neighboring villages, blood-thirsty head of families, goons holding swords, rifles and firing gunshots at will, and the predictable rebel lovers between those families form a concoction called Kacche Dhaage.
Kacche Dhaage begins with Yoga Singh (Yograj Singh) and his father killing their daughter Rani (Shreyaa Chawla) and her lover, Meet (Deep Mandian) as they cannot accept their daughter going against the family’s wish and marry Meet. This incident initiates a revenge saga where Meet’s brother wants to kill Yoga Singh. Years later, history repeats itself. Rani and Meet reincarnate and fall in love. Yoga Singh swears to kill them both but Meet’s brother will protect them till his last breath. Will love reunite this time or will face similar consequences? This forms the rest of the story.
Kacche Dhaage takes its story from a number of movies released in the 1980’s. The story writer adds a number of sub-plots in the story that the overall result is a sour mocktail. The movie is predictable and you can guess the story of the film from the initial reels. Although the honor killing does, sadly, exist in Punjab today as well, the way it is presented in Kacche Dhaage is a bit humdrum. The director takes the viewer for granted as there are many prominent editing blunders in the movie. The way the characters kill each other and create ruckus in the streets of Punjab, challenge the law and order of the state.
Yograj Singh puts in a sincere effort. His mere screen presence makes the proceedings interesting. He gets maximum screen time and he does full justice to the confidence the director has in him. Deep Mandian and Shreyaa Chawla make their debuts with Kacche Dhaage. Their performances could've been better.
Director Buta Singh, who has also written the story and screenplay of Kacche Dhaage, leaves us wanting more. A few tracks written-directed are not engaging and do not hold viewers' attention. None of the songs (Mukhtiar Sahota) leave a lasting effect. Editing (Gurjant Singh) seems choppy. Dialogues (Garry Grewal and Vijay Meghraj), especially the ones delivered by Yograj Singh are in sync with the mood of the film.
On the whole, Kacche Dhaage is a generation wise revenge saga wherein almost all characters are on a killing spree. Non-bankable stars, low production values and minimal promotion of the movie will make an uphill task for the makers to pull the audience into the theatres.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
The only bright shine in this otherwise dull revenge saga is Yograj Singh’s powerful performance. Watch him roar like a lion in a bloodshed jungle.
–By Gurlove Singh