Rage in its most explicit form, which director Rajkumar Santoshi conveyed in his earlier films like Ghayal, Ghatak and Pukar, is in full swing in Khakee. Through DCP Anant Shrivastava, Santoshi expresses his anger at corruption, admonishes the media and the easily influenced masses. There are not-so-subtle references to POTA and the tendency to blame our neighbouring country for every blunder we make.
What I also like about Khakee is that every actor, big or small (in terms of footage), good or bad (in terms of character) has that one defining moment on screen.
The angry young man lives in the moments when he unleashes his fury. At the same time, the redness and exhaustion in his eyes speak of burning frustration and a sense of failure. Bachchan has played police officer often (Zanjeer [ Images ], Ram Balram, Shahenshah), but he portrays his Anant Shrivastava with determination and grace in Khakee. The film belongs to AB.
After Hera Pheri, Akshay Kumar plays the comic bad boy to good effect in Khakee. Note the scene where he flirts with Aishwarya. A coughing constable interrupts him constantly. An irritated Kumar in his trademark kya-bache-ki-jaan-lega tone (a la Mr & Mrs Khiladi), scoffs, “Beta, kuch leta hai ki main doon