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Solomon
15th June 2010, 05:02 PM
Raajneeti
Time : 11 June 2010, 4 PM
Place: Screen 1, Cinemax Oberon Mall

In some things, Bollywood is fast forwarding in terms of production values, experimental thrillers, fresh talents. And in this inflow, it is difficult for veteran film makers to do a successful heavy dosage political drama. And it can be said without any doubt, Prakash Jha has successfully managed to come up with a heavy duty political mass masala with a fantastic cast and an engaging script :peace: So praises for him to attempt a grand scale production like Raajneeti in these days.

The story, characterisation, events in the movie are inspired heavily from our epic Mahabharatha and the ever classic God Father. And to say honestly, the GodFather inspirations fit perfectly into the bill, but some of the Mahabaharatha inspirations fell out of place.

The movie is all about the dynasty politics in a state, marred with warring cousin brothers. The politics in the whole state is controlled by a single family and the feud in the new generation for grabbing the control is the basic story and the events unfolded. Not going much into the story.

Now coming to the most terrific thing about the movie, the cast and the performances from them. Starting with a cameo from Naseruddin Shah, simply perfect.
The always reliable Nana Patekar as Brij Mohan, the advisor for the whole family was jst simple and elegant. He has traces of Bhishmar and Krishna. He is thruout excellent in his biased character to the younger brother family and as a menacing political kingmaker role.
Now coming to the younger generation, the find of the movie is Arjun Rampal as Prithvi Prathap.. :clapping::clapping:, he was simply superb in the role of a ruthless, rash, powerful politician. His character is heavily inspired from Sunny Corleone of the God Father, and he did it with elegance. He got a character with lots of shades ranging from extreme violent nature to a loving brother to a simple husband and he proved he too can ACT.. hats off to him.
Then Manoj Bajpayee as Veerendra Prathap, the elder cousin who is always forced to the second fiddle and getting more and more frustrated with his cousins is a clear cut inspiration from Duryodhan and he is as always consistent and terrific in the main villain role.
Ajay Devgan gets a half baked character of Sooraj Kumar, who starts of giving an impression of being the main protagonist, later grows very lame and totally goes off steam in the 2nd half and redeems in the climax. Inspired from the legendary Karna, the characterization was weak, but he did maximum justice to the role.
Now the central protagonist Ranbir Kapoor as Samar Prathap, is a clean inspiration from Michael Corleone of God Father and it was very predictable. He too looked perfect for the role, with his innocent and peace loving nature and the transition to a menacing savage political brain. He is a real star material and eventhough he looks wooden in most places, the menacing characterisation keeps us glued. From a multistarrer, that too mostly veterans, it is a commendable job from him to get the notice of the audience and deliver to the maximum. :clapping:
The leading lady Katrina Kaif was quite average :unsure: but i think she is the best choice, as she doesnt command any power and is perfect as the puppet in terms of political entry. Sarah Thompsun too was good in her role as Samar's girlfriend.

Now to the technical front, the production values of the movie is very good, with good music and BG score by Wayne Sharpe. The cinematography, editing, everything suited the movie well. The script from the director and Anjum Rajabali is a very engaging one, adapted the inspirations almost well, developed a plethora of characters with maximum justice, and laced with some good dialogues too.
The direction is good, with some brilliance shown in some sequences, especially
1. The gate crashing in Manoj Bajpayee's stage and the change in posters with all in hand to hand is a superb one. :kayyadi:
2. Then the bomb blast scene towards the pre-climax. The scene is excellently taken with the audience just gluing into the screen.
3. The characterization of the main villains too demands praise from the director. The ruthlessness in the incidents are not shown directly to the main antagonists which makes the audience feel for their death too in the climax.
4. The subtle way of changing name of Katrina Kaif's character from Indu Prithvi Prathap to Indu Prathap while taking the oath is simply brilliant and was very symbolic.

So far so good, some points which could've been avoided or made better.
1. The Karna - Kunthi track, was a big letdown. The preclimax portion in which Ajay Devgan meeting his mother is a totally unwanted scene, which was just a failed attempt in completing his Mahabharatha inspirations.
2. The climax scene, where Nana Patekar becoming Krishna and giving dharmopadesha to Ranbir didnt fit in the story, because Ranbir's character is not moulded upon Arjuna. Ranbir's character is shown as one with heavy determination to take revenge on his dear's death irrespective of whom. And the advice scene just looked like another desperate attempt in inspiration.
3. Could've worked on the role of media in the whole game. That would've given a much more realistic feel to the movie.

After a long gap, enjoyed a mass entertainer in a big canvas to the full. So kudos to Prakash Jha once again.

Verdict - A very good Masala Political Entertainer.

My rating 3.75/5

radheyam
15th June 2010, 05:05 PM
happy to see a full review from you.. :)

cinebuff
15th June 2010, 05:08 PM
Solomonte heavy weight Review....

Masaledar review.......:cheers::cheers:

sivaraman
15th June 2010, 05:10 PM
thanx solu bhai. :dancing:

Pankajakshan
15th June 2010, 05:11 PM
ranbirinu bhaavi und...thanks solu.

Jaggu
15th June 2010, 05:18 PM
Thanks anna.. :drive:

Sootran
15th June 2010, 05:19 PM
kidu revieww.... :kudi:

thanks solu..

ee weekendil chilappol kaanan poyekkum njyaaan..

double chankan
15th June 2010, 05:19 PM
itenda pettenu review as a thread??

thnx solu anna..

cinebuff
15th June 2010, 05:25 PM
itenda pettenu review as a thread??

thnx solu anna..

:Amnesium: :Amnesium:

Aryan007
15th June 2010, 05:43 PM
Thanks solomon for this interesting detailed review . :)

KasinathaN
15th June 2010, 05:46 PM
Thanks Anna

Solomon
15th June 2010, 07:08 PM
itenda pettenu review as a thread??

thnx solu anna..

short takesil ninnillaa.. parayaan uddeshicha pala karyangalum..:dull:
was really happy watching a gud entertainer.. athaanu sambhavam actually..
:pranthan:

Solomon
15th June 2010, 07:15 PM
happy to see a full review from you.. :)
:kannuruttu:


Solomonte heavy weight Review....

Masaledar review.......:cheers::cheers:


welcome machaa..

thanx solu bhai. :dancing:

welcome sivaramaa

ranbirinu bhaavi und...thanks solu.
yes indeed


Thanks anna.. :drive:
welcome jaggu


kidu revieww.... :kudi:

thanks solu..

ee weekendil chilappol kaanan poyekkum njyaaan..
kandu nokku.. zooshtray annan paranjathu pole pazhaya oru kidu IV Sasi multistarrer kanda oru feel...


Thanks solomon for this interesting detailed review . :)
welcome aryan


Thanks Anna

welcome parameswaran

zooshtray
15th June 2010, 07:48 PM
Thanks Solomon....Detailed Review...Prakash Jha aanu tharam!!!

chunakuttan
15th June 2010, 07:51 PM
thanks anna good review

Solomon
15th June 2010, 08:00 PM
Thanks Solomon....Detailed Review...Prakash Jha aanu tharam!!!

welcome annaa.. thaangalde review oru prachodanam aayirunnu not to miss the movie.. :yes::yes:

Solomon
15th June 2010, 08:01 PM
thanks anna good review

welcome chunakkuttaa..

Robert Langdon
15th June 2010, 08:02 PM
Thanx Solu anna.... Excellent analysis as usual.... :nallatha:

Solomon
16th June 2010, 10:38 AM
Thanx Solu anna.... Excellent analysis as usual.... :nallatha:

welcome binoy..

DON
16th June 2010, 12:51 PM
Thanks anna for the review