Jha had done it again….
Jha read Vyasa’s Mahabharat and did two things: First, he filched a few critical events and twisted the rest. Then, he picked some of Vyasa’s main characters and added the Gandhi mystique to them. Prakash Jha employs the same politics of power in his contemporary adaptation of Mahabharat, deriving its primary plot and central characters from the epic. He even borrows The Godfather’s famous severed horse-head scene.
The screenplay is crisp and has a dynamic flow with the drama building up through the political one-upmanship between opponents in every passing act. Jha scales his film a few notches above with his sweeping crowd shots -- perhaps the best in recent times. It takes a while to get a grip on the narrative but once that's done, the first half offers the necessary punches. But He also tries stuffing in too much, resulting in a messy, overdone storyline.
Jha’s best work has come from being mean and lean. He, who has fought elections in Bihar himself, creates a real sense of the machinations and sordid deals that fuel politics but then hobbles it with outlandish twists. He is the best in business when it comes to handling political drama. While his Hindi heart-belt dialogues and political jargons add authenticity to the film, at times it may be difficult for the audience to appreciate the proceedings.
Nevertheless his storytelling is simple, effective and gripping never letting you loses the film for any moment.
3.5 / 5