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Raajneeti  (2010 - Hindi)

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  • Kaarari Film Milegi…….

    Raajneeti rating: 9 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 04 Jun 2010)

    When we were Kids we use to glue to Doordarshan to watch B.R.Chopra’s Mahabharata. Despite of knowing the basic plot we still use to be interested in the story as Mahabharata is so vast that it has lots to offer whenever you see it. Something similar happened when I had watched Shyam Benegal’s Kalyug which was focusing more on the Karan [The illegitimate child], a different perspective which made the story more interesting. Then there were few more modern adaptation of Mahabharata but all were following the Kalyug way showing family Enmity with Business as back drop, thus the magic was missing. But this time Prakash Jha tries to get the oldest wine in not only a new bottle but with different looks too. He blended the Mahabharata story with Modern Day – Central India politics [The place where Political power is above everything else]. So let’s find out if we can see some different perspective in this Star studded drama or not?

    “RAJNEETI” is story of a family whose roots are connected with politics of Central India. The family consists of two Brother Bhanu Pratap and Chandra Pratap [Chetan Pandit]. Bhanu Pratap the elder brother leads the Political party and is supported by his younger brother Chandra Pratap. The government in the state collapses and at same time Bhanu Pratap suffers Stroke. In that time he hands over the power to his younger Brother Chandra Pratap and Chandra Prataps son Prithvi Pratap {Arjun Rampal], sidelining his own son Virendra Pratap [Manoj Bajpai]. Virendra Pratap with support from a Dalit leader Suraj [Ajay Devgan] tries his level best to get back what he deserved. In the process Chandra Pratap is assassinated and dies in front of his younger son Sumer Pratap [Ranbir Kapoor]. Now Sumer Pratap with his maternal uncle Brij Gopal [Nana Patekar] decides to change the scenario, thus starting a thrilling series of twist and turns.

    Story is majorly adaptation of biggest epic ever written Mahabharata, but blended with some external flavors of The Godfather. It’s difficult to frame the Mahabharata scenes in modern day political drama and the writers have done good hard work, most of it times the hard work pays off, but then there are times it fails miserably too like in Ajay Devgan’s Reality revelation, Anti Climax Action Scenes, The whole Sarah chapter and few more. Screenplay is very fast and crispy, there are some moments where it’s very hard to keep the track of the film, a blink and you will take time to follow the happenings. There are some loopholes but if you keep in mind the Mahabharata then those scenes makes sense too. Editing is the biggest star of this film, the film is edited very well and thus makes you glued in it along with the stat power. Despite of Repetitive campaigning scenes still the movie manages to grab your attention. Camera work is of top notch and displays the Large Canvas and Granger of this big film.

    Background Music is average and has very less to offer. Same for the soundtrack.
    Prakash Jha has made some powerful films like Damul, Hip Hip Hurray, Mrityudand, Gangajal and Aparahan. But on same time he has made some Commercial duds like Bandish and Dil Kya Kare too. He has tried to put in his expertise of both genre and the end result is satisfactory. Though it could have been much better if the powerful film maker would have been on the top of the commercial maker. His way of narrating the story with political backdrop works at majority times. But at times with some stupidity one does feel that does this man even know anything of politics ? [The anti climax, the assassinations, the dalit angle,etc]. he manages to work well with Pandav and Kaurav stories but makes the kauravs weak by not giving them Shakuni Mama and a weak Karan. The whole Karan angle is the biggest let down in the film. Still we applause him for the hard work, effort and the whole new angle to Mahabharata.

    Ranbir Kapoor is the main hero of the film and has done his job very well. Though the grey shade dint suit his looks, but still he manages to do what was expected from him. Arjun Rampal was nice as the elder brother , he keeps improving in every film of his. Katrina Kaif is fine in her small role. Manoj Bajpai is outstanding in the negative role, he alone handles the negative front with his style, Looks, performance and Dialogs. Ajay Devgan was a big letdown, maybe due to his poorly written character. But one cannot expect any one else in this role also. Nana Patekar gives another fine and controlled performances. Darshan jhariwala, Chetan Pandit, Naseerudin Shah and others were wasted.

    So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai dum ?

    Dum hai kaafi dum hain, but due to some weak characterization, Hopeless Anti Climax makes the impact mellow down. As said earlier the movie is like old wine in new bottle with different shape, thus it gives you a good taste of a grand film with loads of twist and turns [though many are predictable]. Watch the film for some good performances, technical stuff, granger and crisp editing. The film might be bit confusing for people who don’t know Mahabharata and also might be bit bland for one expecting out and out masala entertainer.

    As the promos have a dialog by Manoj Bajpai “Karara jawab milega”, which probably ment Karari {crisp} film milegi, and that’s what you definitely get in this film.

    Ratings : 3.5/5

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