CAST & CREW
The scenario is of an olden time in India that is juxtaposed with the modern times. It is an epic of a dynasty, where Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of a loyal and royal guard. The kingdom is safe and sound under his prowess, however, as his age unfurls, the royal guard starts weakening, shows signs of blindness. Hence, it becomes imperative to relieve him of his duty so as not to jeopardize the safety of Devigarh. The heir to the throne lives in London as he is suffocated by the customs of his kingdom, leading a peaceful life.
Suddenly, out of nowhere, the queen dies, compelling Prince Harshwardhan ( Saif Ali Khan), to return to the place from which he deemed escape a long time ago, facing difficulties and a lot of politics. This movie is a political thriller, which barges on like a merciless train cutting through plots and twists like it’s thin air. The relentless King, who is Rana Jaywardhan ( Boman Irani), with his influential brother, who is Rana Jyotiwardhan ( Jackie Shroff), cause mayhem and disruption in the lives of the peasants of the kingdom, who are very helpless. The story is thick with betrayals and gripping revelations involving Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan), the Prince, the Queen, the King, the King’s brother, the King’s brother’s son ( Jimmy Shergill), the King’s driver, and the King’s driver’s daughter named Rajjo ( Vidya Balan), who turns out to be the love interest of the Prince.
It is all a delicately intricate plot, sewn together with the efficient hands of Vinod Chopra. The movie is itself a one time watch. The soundtracks are fairly nice, with names like Sonu Nigam, Sunidhi Chauhan and Swanand Kirkire thrown in. The movie turned out well. This film marks the entry of Bollywood films in the Foreign Films Category of the Oscars.
It is enough to know that the film will have amazing stuff when one of the actors is Amitabh Bachchan. His acting was well, yet not overrated. Saif Ali Khan fit into the shoes of a Prince pretty well. Vidya Balan was subtle, yet strong. All the other actors played their part well, too.
1. Hardcore politics.
2. Generous amounts of betrayals and plot twists.
3. Good acting.
4. The setup of all the locations is very impressive.
What’s not There?
1. A good storyline.
2. At times, the story has been rushed ahead leaving you wondering what happened in the last scene.
This film is a good watch on days when you feel angst. It has all the elements to be a one time entertainer.
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