Kachche Dhaage is a 1999 Hindi action thriller film directed by Milan Luthria and starring Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan and Manisha Koirala. The film, which features Devgan as a smuggler, delivering goods across the Rajasthan-Pakistan border, was filmed in the deserts of Rajasthan and in Switzerland. It premiered on February 10, 1999 in Mumbai.
A film under the same title, Kuchhe Dhaage (spelling variation) was originally released in 1973, directed by Raj Khosla and starred Vinod Khanna, Moushumi Chatterjee and Kabir Bedi. The film also has similarites with Jackie Chan's 1987 film Armour of God.
Aaftab (Ajay Devgan ) and Dhananjay (Saif Ali Khan) are two step brothers who meet for the first time. Each one has a selfish approach to life; Aaftab is a petty smuggler, specializing in smuggling goods across the Rajasthan border into Pakistan whilst Dhananjay is a corporate yuppy from the city, with a high-flying lifestyle. Aaftab is in love with Rukshana (Manisha Koirala), but is rejected by her family because he is illegitimate. Dhananjay is dating Ragini (Namrata Shirodkar) and has his father's death to contend with.
When the brothers meet for the first time, they instantly loathe each other, having nothing in common. One night, Aaftab blows up a loaded truck while trying to steal from it and attracts a mass of unwanted enforcers. Soon, Aaftab is forced to send Dhananjay into a trap, but ends up with them both being handcuffed and escaping from the Border Security Force, the Central Bureau of Investigation, and the border mafia who are attempting to incriminate the brothers for anti-national activities and a murder. They escape on foot, in motorbikes, cars, stolen trucks and Aaftab is tied to the undercarriage of a moving goods train. They run into difficult circumstances on the run, not in the least made better by their hatred for each other. Despite their initial differences, the two gradually learn to like and understand each other, eventually proving their innocence.
Ajay Devgn as Aftab,
Saif Ali Khan as Dhananjay Pandit 'Jai',
Manisha Koirala as Rukhsana,
Namrata Shirodkar as Ragini Pandit,
Sadashiv Amrapurkaras CBI Officer Jadeja,
Govind Namdeo as Vaikunth,
Maya Alagh as Mariam,
Anupam Shyam as Ramakant Pandit,
Ishrat Ali as Maulvi,
Vineet Kumar as bhagta,
Parmeet Sethi (Cameo appearance),
Mahavir Shah as Dhananjay's Lawyer,
Rajeev Varma as Justice Nariman Sorabji,
The film received a mediocre reception. The film was described as having a weaker climax than some of the earlier action sequences although was praised for its scenery in Switzerland and northwestern India. Suparn Verma of Rediff.com described Devgan as "effective" but disapproved of Koirala's performance, believing it was wasted. Verma noted a similarity with that of Soldier in that there is a troubled hero, a great many red herrings and a mysterious villain who pulls all the strings but believed that Kachche Dhaage was a weaker film because it lacked the pace and focus.
The film was a "Hit" grossing Rupees 69,00,00,000 at the box office.
The soundtrack, which featured a number of Punjabi folk tunes, proved popular amongst non Hindi audiences of the film. The music was composed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Lyrics by Anand Bakshi
Band Lifafa Dil Mera - Kumar Sanu, Lata Mangeshkar,
Ek Jawani Teri - Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu,
Upar Khuda Aasmaan Neeche - Female Lata Mangeshkar,
Upar Khuda Aasmaan Neeche - Male - Sukhwinder Singh,
Dil Pardesi Ho Gaya - Kumar Sanu, Lata Mangeshkar,
Khali Dil Nahi - Alka Yagnik, Hans Raj Hans,
Pyar Nahi Karna -Alka Yagnik, Kumar Sanu,
Is Shaan-e-Karam ka kya kehna - Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan