The movie trailers of this Hindi movie were very impressive.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra returns to direction after a 5-7 year hiatus. Vidhu Vinod Chopra had a vision. A Vision of desolate desert dunes, a palace past its days of glory, with its walls hiding many a secret.

The loyal guard, a senile and insecure king, the foreign educated prince, the local damsel, scheming relatives. All this should have come together as a quasi-period thriller. With a cast of Amitabh, Saif Ali Khan, Boman irani, Sanjay Dutt, Vidhya Balan,Parikshit Sahani, Jackie Shroff, Jimmy Shergill, Riya Sen and Sharmila Tagore in a small appearance, the movie is bound to be challenging and meant to be a masterpiece.

I watched the movie with a lot of expectations. The movie begins with the death of the queen (not quite natural),an insecure and impotent king (Boman Irani), his scheming brother (Jackie Shroff) a loyal but ageing royal guard Ekalvya (Amitabh), the returning prince (Saif Ali Khan), a secret revealed, a conspiracy hatched and a bit of romance triggered. All this is supposed to lead to a powerful climax where Ekalvya (Amitabh) has to make a choice. Does he cut of his thumb(figuratively speaking) or does he resist the call of duty to follow his heart? The movie is therefore supposed to build up to this single dilemma.

Sadly, the movie is utterly disappointing. Having grown up reading the Mahabharata and having a name like I do, I do have a soft corner for mythological tales and just love any classy depiction of them.

This movie thoroughly let me down. Great performances by Amitabh, Sanjay Dutt and nice music by Shanthanu Moitra fail to raise this movie above just a masterpiece vision. The cinematography is brilliant. What pulls this movie down from going above the vision of Chopra is the weak storyline and dish wash screenplay. The screenplay is absolutely lifeless and makes 'traditional' thriller look a like a lazy cameraman following actors running helter-skelter.

What could have been Chopra's masterpiece fails due to excessive attention paid to look and feel rather than the substance.

Watch this movie if you must for the cinematography, the music of Shanthanu Moitra, powerhouse performances by Amitabh and Sanjay Dutt (short but sweet).


Bikas Mishra,  March 3, 2007 at 10:14 PM  

Thanks Ved for your comments. Looking forward to your Nishabd review. though i'm a ramu fan as well, however that's why got disappointed thoroughly. how can ramu go so wrong...any way will await your biased review.


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