Cast – Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Manish Choudhary
Director – Ashutosh Gowariker
Writer – Preeti Mamgain
Ashutosh Gowarikar’s epic drama based in 2016 BC created enough buzz even before being watched … which was all for the negative.
Since I was more than mentally prepared that the movie might not turn out good, I was pleasantly surprised to find it not so bad as being ruthlessly panned by the buzz.
Let me list out the good and the bad.
The best thing about the movie is no doubt Hrithik himself who is as good and honest in his performance as he always is. His efforts show, whether in acting or action or dance. It’s difficult to find a flaw there. Kabir Bedi is menacing as the old baddie.
Pooja Hegde failed to impress with perennially similar expressions through-out. There was no chemistry between the two. I couldn’t help but reminisce the crackling intensity between him and Aishwarya.
The scale of the movie is large, especially in terms of creating those awesome sets dating back to that era. But the special effects were not up to the mark and seemed lacking specially after seeing the best in likes of Bahubali.
Costumes were overdone with ridiculous headgears. But over-all the feel of the era was earthy and interesting.
The action sequences were good and engaging.
AR Rahman’s music failed to make any mark. My opinion runs the risk of being a little biased as I’m not amongst his fan club.
What actually panned the movie was none of the above but the cliched story line which seemed as dated and stale as the era in question.
I wish, Mr. Gowarikar who is known for his researches and painstakingly creating past eras had worked on an interesting plot. It would have turned this epic into a real good movie.
Over all, I found the movie entertaining because of it being a period drama. The action was good and Hrithik made up for a lot of above flaws.
If you are a fan of Hrithik or have a taste for period dramas or love cinema per se , you could opt for this one.
Score 6 on 10.