*ing – Hrithik Roshan , Pooja Hegde , Kabir Bedi and others
Produced by – Siddharth Roy Kapur (Utv movies) and Sunita Gowarkiar
Directed by – Ashutosh Gowarikar
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…..
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.
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.
2.5/5 stars – For die hard fans of Hrithik Roshan.