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Kaante Review

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A band of bank robbers commit the perfect crime but then discover there may be a undercover cop in their midst.

★★★★

Forget your Lord Of The Rings and Gangs Of New York - in its field, Sanjay Gupta's Kaante was one of the most eagerly-awaited films of 2002 - and also one of the most controversial.

Like the Cannes Film Festival entry Devdas, it moves Indian cinema into newer pastures by drawing on Western practices to good effect. Shot in California and set in Los Angeles, it's the tale of a group of bank robbers, spearheaded by Amitabh Bachchan, in a Bollywood-style remake of Tarantino's classic Reservoir Dogs.

Transcending genre cliches, it mixes several musical interludes into the violence, adding romantic angles (complete with women wrapped around poles instead of the traditional trees) to strong cast performances and a fast-paced script. The result is an Indian film that, in its opening week, reached number seven in the UK Top Ten - and from just 30 screens around the country.

At this rate, there'll be a City On Fire for every language and culture by 2019.