I am not a big fan of dacoit sagas, but Raj Khosla‘s ‘Kucche Dhaage’ is a crisply told tale with many surprises. It avoids some standard cliches, packs in some relevant messages without diverting from the drama, and creates a love interest which is not merely romantic.
The locations and the cinematography add to the interest value. The village houses, their rooftops and the fields and hills around it are more authentic than one sees in recent films, as are the junior artistes who act as the villagers. There are some lovely close-ups, low angle shots and 2-shots, well-framed without being quirky.
But what of course, gets you in the guts is the sheer handsomeness of Vinod Khanna and Kabir Bedi and the gorgeousness of Moushami Chatterjee. And their costumes. Not for nothing was Mani Rabadi the favorite dress designer of the 60s and 70s.
Moushami in her first Hindi film appearance gets orange and yellow.
They both dance very gracefully too. Sona in fact, comes as quite a surprise. I had always dismissed her as a Madhubala clone. But here she brings into her brief role all the ‘ada’ of a young courtesan, alluring.