Mohenjo Daro – Hrithik excels,but the film is a mess

*ing –  Hrithik Roshan , Pooja Hegde , Kabir Bedi  and others

Produced by – Siddharth Roy Kapur (Utv movies) and Sunita Gowarkiar

Directed by – Ashutosh Gowarikar

INTRODUCTION – 

Mohenjo Daro marks the return of Superstar Hrithik Roshan on the big screen after two years . The actor, who was last seen in the underwhelming ‘Bang Bang’ , has come back with a film that was in the making for a long time. On paper , Mohenjo Daro seems to have everything a big film could want – A Superstar male lead, a huge production house backing it and most importantly , a director who is known to recreate period dramas with finesse. However , the promotional campaign hasn’t gone really well for the film . A strictly average trailer , lack of top heroine and the fact that it is competing with a biggie like Rustom have  gone against the film. Yet, it is one of the biggest and most anticipated films of 2016, and there are certain expectations the audiences have from the film. So does Mohenjo Daro manage to meet those expectations? Does Hrithik make a strong comeback? Does Pooja Hegde make a good debut? Most importantly, does Ashutosh Gowarikar, who has disappointed his audiences in his last two films redeem himself? Let’s find out…..

REVIEW – 

Right from the word go,Mohenjo Daro is a confused film. This Ashutosh Gowarikar directorial meanders between being a film depicting historical events and a romantic saga and sadly,gets neither right.

The story of Mohenjo Daro is barely related to history,  and this proves to be one of the biggest downers of the film.

The production values are excellent.So is the cinematography. The editing could have been better though.The background score is decent. The vfx is average. The screenplay is uneven, and the story routine.The camera work is quite good.The music is one of the plus points of the film. All songs are beautifully picturized, and it is the songs that stay in one’s mind after watching the film.

As a director, Ashutosh Gowarikar fumbles. He seems confused , and that is what shows in the final product, which is a pity , given the potential the film had. 

However, special mention to the locations, picturization of songs and the fight scene in the arena. These help in compensating for an otherwise not-so-gripping movie. Also, though the climax barely suits the tone of the film, it is probably the best part of Mohenjo Daro. Excellently shot, well enacted, it was what Mohenjo Daro should have been throughout.

Now, the performances. Hrithik Roshan is sensational as Sarman. He has lived the role, immersing himself in it completely . It is evident that he has worked hard, and his efforts and performance will be appreciated by all. It wouldn’t be an understatement to say that he’s what keeps Mohenjo Daro going. Pooja Hegde makes a decent debut in Bollywood. She suits the role of Chaani, looks pretty and gives a decent performance. Kabir Bedi tries, but fails to act throughout the film. His personality and voice help him in covering up a bit for his lack of expression, but he’s just not menacing enough to challenge Hrithik’s character. The rest of the starcast range from decent to good in their performances.

CONCLUSION – 

Mohenjo Daro is a golden opportunity missed. It can be watched by die hard fans of Hrithik,  but anyone looking for a depiction of the lost valley of India will be sorely disappointed.

RATING – 

2.5/5 stars – For die hard fans of Hrithik Roshan.

Rustom – Akshay Kumar hits bullseye in this engaging drama!

*ing – Akshay Kumar , Illeana D’cruz , Esha Gupta , Arjan Bajwa , Sachin Khedekar.

Produced by – Friday Filmworks , Zee Studios.

Directed by – Tinu Suresh Desai

INTRODUCTION – 

Rustom is superstar Akshay Kumar’s third and final release of the year. An intriguing and well received trailer , decent promotion campaign , decent soundtrack and strong names associated with it,Rustom has it all. Not to mention the fact that Akshay Kumar has been having a dream run at the box office has made Rustom one of the most eagerly anticipated films of 2016. So does Rustom meet the expectations it has set for itself ? Does Akshay Kumar continue his hit streak in terms of both, performances and box office returns ? Most importantly, will Rustom get affected due to the clash against Mohenjo-Daro? Read on to find out…..

REVIEW –  

Rustom is a film which gets most things right. A sensational story,based on the infamous K.M Nanawati case of the 1950s’, the makers ensure that they get the look of the 50’s quite well. The film has decent entertainment value.

The production values of Rustom are decent. The vfx used in some scenes is prominently weak, but it doesn’t hinder the overall effect the film has on the viewer. Except for a scene or two, the Cinematography is decent. The camera work and set designs are also quite good.The editing could have been better though.The screenplay is decent, and the story intriguing yet excellent. The background score ranges from average to good, while in the music department,’Rustom Vahi’ suits the tone of the film.

As a director, Tinu Suresh Desai finally shows his potential after a disastrous ‘1920 London’. He makes sure the film doesn’t meander , and keeps it reasonably engaging.

Now for the performances . Akshay Kumar continues his run of excellent performances. He takes the film to another level , making Rustom an excellent watch. Another sureshot success for him. Illeana D’cruz and Esha Gupta are decent.Arjan Bajwa is average as the antagonist. Sachin Khedekar does a good job.Kumud Mishra makes an impact even in a small role. 

CONCLUSION – 

Rustom is worth a watch. An excellent performance from Akshay Kumar , an interesting premise , entertainment value, this film has it all.

RATING – 

3.5 / 5 – Go for it!