Khoon Khoon is Bollywood’s Dirty Harry (really)

Who knew Red Chillies signing up with Netflix would give us such glorious films like Khoon Khoon? The film is Mahendra Sandhu’s debut and stars Danny Dengzongpa. Danny Dengzongpa plays Raghav, a crazed killer who is out shooting specific people. Mahendra Sandhu plays Vijay, an officer of the CID, Special Branch who is hot on heels of the killer.

Khoon Khoon, which literally translates into ‘Blood, Blood’ starts off as a great film. The film  begins to define the psychopath killer’s origins, like having a bad childhood but somehow veers into Bollywood inaneness as it progresses. Khoon Khoon is a scene to scene ripoff of Dirty Harry.

Even after all the money put into making the film, they couldn’t bring to Bollywood screen the one thing that acts as the unhinging factor. In Dirty Harry,  Harry Callahan loses it because the killer escapes unscathed because of technicality mumbo jumbo.

In Khoon Khoon, the reason Raghav goes scot free is ridiculous. Even after placing ransom calls and meeting the police officer at the designated place where the money is to exchange hands, he is released. And that’s because ‘kanoon saboot mangta hai’ (the law requires proof).

Even after all the money put into making the film, they couldn’t bring to Bollywood screen the one thing that acts as the unhinging factor in Dirty Harry –  Harry Callahan loses it when the killer escapes unscathed because of technicality mumbo jumbo.

You can actually feel the disappointment seep into you as the film moves from the initial chase to the story after the legal case in the story arc.  In essence, Khoon Khoon is an example of how the geographical location of a story makes it difficult to frame it in another country.

While civil liberties and police brutality were the talk of the townin America in 1971, these thoughts weren’t exactly hot topics in India in the 70s. In fact, words like police brutality made their way into Mumbai lexicon only after the 90s.

In the 70s, cynicism about the system had yet not crept it into the societal mindset. India was still reveling under the exoticness of having the hippie revolution in and around the country.

Khoon Khoon should have gained some kind of notorierity in its time. It is only the second Bollywood film in which a child character dies on-screen.The other film in which a child died, Anil Kapoor’s Mr. India, used it as a pivotal plot point.

The film opens up with a lot of potential. The killer chooses his target – a businessman, a godman, a kid. It leads us to believe that there’s a reason the killer is doing so. The serial killer film fan in us began to even wonder whether the random killing targets were actually connected somehow – but to no avail.

This, and the loophole in the court case makes Khoon Khoon a uncreatively thought of thriller.  So, today, Khoon Khoon exists on Netflix for one and only one reason. You get a glimpse of the Bombay of the 70s and not be burdened by an overproduced Bollywood drama.  Khoon Khoon also is one of the rare instances where father and daughter star in the same film – Rekha and her father, Gemini Ganeshan. The film is now available on Netflix.

 

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Red Claw loves horror, sci-fi, fantasy and everything obscure. Red Claw has a childhood crush with Bollywood obscure cinema.

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