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Sarkar Raj – Review

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Ram Gopal Verma has brought in a good continuation to ‘Sarkar’ in this movie. The movie starts off very well but takes some time to plot the story. The movie demonstrates the intricacies of how everything is connected in politics and how doing anything good effects various parties and their interests. It surly shows the power hunger and greed of people at various levels.

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The story does make an impact and until Amitabh Bachchan(as Subhash Nagre a.k.a Sarkar) narrates it all at the end to Aishwarya you cannot guess the main person responsible for all the mess. Talking about Aishwarya (as Anita), she again has done a great job after Jodha Akbar in this movie as a person belonging to the corporate world. For a change, she played a little strong character in this movie. Abhishek Bachchan (as Shankar Nagre) has also played his role well but there was something missing, not sure what. Other strong characters played were Dilip Prabhawalkar (Rao Sahab), Somji (grand-son of Rao sahab) and Chandar (the right hand man of Sarkar). Amitabh was super and has done 100% justice to the role.

Perfect cinematography and a good 2 hour 10 minutes movie. The background music of ‘govinda govinda’ sets the perfect mood for the scenes.

This is a serious film and to be seen with both brain and heart. Given that its a Ram Gopal Verma film, it should be clear that it is not for children.

The film overall is woven around a political plot of a big power plant project in Maharashtra at Thakarwadi (a village). A London based company is willing to invest £ 2 billion on this project and this project is expected to solve all the power issues of Maharashtra. When Anita and Shinde (the CM of Maharashtra) presents the project report of Sarkar (Amitabh), he refuses it as this project’s site is Thakarwadi where 40,000 villagers live and is also the place of living of Rao Sahab. While Abhishek is convinced that this project should happen, Amitabh is not fully convinced and lurks in doubts around the intend of people involved. Till the interval the movie is about plotting this story on how, why and who are involved. From a few seconds before the interval and all the way in the second half is more of fact finding and shocks. To find out more you need to see the movie as I don’t want to reveal the suspense and kill your fun.

And for a change, this is not a typical ‘happy go lucky’ and ‘happy ending’ movie where the hero solves all the problems with his heroine and they ‘happily live ever after…’

After a while, I have seen a good bollywood movie. I am sure this movie would be a hit in the box office. Overall, if you liked Sarkar then you would also like this one. I would give a 4 out of 5 to this movie and would recommend you to see it.

 Some of the scenes I liked in the movie are:
1. When Abhishek tells Amitabh that Power plant is justified and Amitabh needs to convince Rao Sahab.
2. Abhishek trying to touch the feet of Rao Sahab
3. Aishwarya Rai’s scene in the hospital.
4. The scene just before the interval.
5. The scene after Abhishek places his hands on Aishwarya’s hands.
6. The scene towards the end when Amitabh meets Rao sahab at his house.
7. The last scene when Aishwarya asks for tea.
8. When Aishwarya comes to meet Amitabh and Abhishek for the first time at their house and Amitabh asks her to come to the point.
9. When Aishwarya asks Abhishek about the most difficult decision in his life.

Jodha Akbar – Review

Monday, February 25th, 2008

Ashutosh Gowariker is indeed innovative and you actually travel back in time to 1500 AD. The sets, costumes, dialogues, sound effects and overall set-up are magnificent. Would strongly suggest seeing this movie at a cinema hall or on a wide screen home theater system. About 70% of this 3 hours 20 minutes movie’s focus remains Jodha (actual name was Hira Kunwari) and how Akbar falls in love with her after marriage. The love story is the imagination of writers as there is no evidence in history about the matter. But it has been well packaged and very well presented to the audience. I enjoyed 2 out of the 5 songs in the movie (In Lamhon Ke Daaman Mein by Sonu Nigam & Madhushree and Jashn-e-bahaara by Javed Ali).

Before entering the cinema hall, I had doubts if Hrithik Roshan would be able to do justice to the role of Akbar (remembering the solid voice of Pritviraj Kapoor) but after the movie I felt that no one else in bollywood could have doen the role better. Aishwariya looked like true princess and have played the role very well.

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A good attempt has been made to show the battle of Panipat and the internal political scenarios of Mughal rule in India. Ashutosh has tried to portray the character of Akbar and have touched a small extract of Akbar’s entire rule.

Akbar was one of the rather successful rulers in the Mughal Dynasty as he realized that wining battle and ruling people are different. Today he is referred as Akbar The Great. Akbar’s view towards religion, culture, art and people were very different from predecessors Humayun and Babur which was also the reason of his success.

Although a long movie of more than 3 hours, it’s very well made and delivered. I would give 4 out of 5 to this movie.

Accuracy:
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jodhabai)

  • Mariam-uz-Zamani ( Hira Kunwari – born October 1, 1542), was a Rajput princess and was the eldest daughter of Raja BharMal, Raja of Amer. For the purpose of marrying Akbar she was converted to Islam and was rechristened Mariam-uz-Zamani after marriage. The Mosque of Mariyam Zamani Begum in Lahore, Pakistan was built in her honour. She has been also referred to as “Jodha Bai” in modern times, although she was never actually known as Jodha Bai during her lifetime.

This fact is manipulated in the movie and has been shown that she was never forced to convert to Islam and Akbar accepted her as Hindu. Also there is no reference to Hira Kunwari, the princess has been refered as ‘Jodha’ right from the begining.

  • Hira Kunwari aka Jodha Bai, was Akbar’s third wife and one of his three chief queens. She was 22 days elder than Akbar. Akbar’s first queen was the childless Ruqaiyya Begum, and his second wife was Salima Sultan, the widow of his most trusted general, Bairam Khan.

This is also manipulated as this movie shows Jodha Bai as Akbar’s first wife. No mention of age has been made in the movie.

Although the accuracy of this movie is disputed overall due to the way Jodha Bai has been potrayed, but the following facts shown are correct:
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akbar)

  1. Akbar was only 13 when he became emperor (after Humayun’s sudden death).
  2. Akbar was the son of Humayun and Hamida Banu Begum, but Maham Anga ( Akbar’s aunt, chief nurse and mother of his foster brother, Adham Khan) nurtured him while he grew up. Maham Anga was both shrewd and manipulative
  3. Although Abkar did not know how to read and write, he matured into a well-informed ruler, with refined tastes in the arts, architecture and music, a love for literature, and a breadth of vision that tolerated other opinions.
  4. Bairam Khan was a military genius, he had seen the Mughals regain their lands in India, served both Humayun and Akbar loyally, and laid the foundation for a strong empire while Akbar was growing up.
  5. At the Second Battle of Panipat, Mughal defeated the Hindu king Samrat Hem Chander Vikramaditya , also called Hemu. When Bairam Khan asked Akbar to execute Hemu, Akbar refused – so Bairam instead seized his sword and decapitated Hemu himself.
  6. Bairam was dismissed upon Akbar’s coming-of-age in 1560. He then left upon a hajj to Mecca
  7. Adham Khan (son of Maham Anga) stabbed Akbar’s prime minister Atkah Khan and then tried to storm the Harem of Akbar. Seeing his Prime Minister stabbed, Akbar thought he had had enough of Adham and ordered that Adham be thrown from a height, over a parapet. When this failed to kill him, Akbar ensured that the second attempt succeed by ordering that he be dropped head first. Akbar later went straight to Maham Anga and informed her that her son was dead. With this act, the 19-year-old Akbar assumed complete control over the Mughal empire.
  8. Akbar abolished pilgrimage tax on Muslims and jizya tax on hindus (who did not accept islam but were willing to live under the protection of Mughals).
  9. Akbar was tolerant to other’s opinion and use to visit the market place as a common man (not as a king) to see if his orders and rules have been implemented. This also helped him to understand the issues at the ground level.

All said and done, if you happen to visit Fatehpur Sikri near Agra, the guides even today show ‘Jodha bai ka mahal’ when you visit the fort at Fatehpur and you can also visit Akbar’s Dargah at Sikri.

Here is a quick guide to the top 6 Mughal dynasty rulers.

  1. Zāhir ud-Dīn Mohammad (known as Babur)  – Founder of Mughal Dynasty ruled between 1526-1530
  2. Nasiruddin Mohammed Humayun (known as Humayun) – Son of Babur, ruled 1530–1539 and after restoration 1555–1556
  3. Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar (Akbar) – Son of Humayun, ruled between 1556–1605
  4. Nuruddin Salim Jahangir (later known as Jahangir) – Son of Akbar, ruled between 1605–1627
  5. Shabuddin Mohammed Shah Jahan (known as Shah Jahan) – Son of Jahangir, ruled between 1628–1658
  6. Abu Muzaffar Muhiuddin Muhammad Aurangzeb Alamgir (known as Aurangzeb) – Son of Shah Jahan between 1659–1707

I am a legend – review

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

The entire set-up of the movie and the very beginning is a bit of an enigma. The story does try to bring out the plight of an individual who is all alone on the earth and shows how challenging and sometimes fun it could be. The entire episode of virus outbreak, thirst of human blood, people being infected and unable to stand the sunlight is a bit bizarre. The infected population has been portrayed like a killing machine and looks very ugly. Also the ending is a bit of a contradiction to the base premise of the movie that no humans are left on earth.

 

Hollywood has presented many such ‘save the world’ science fiction in the past and multiple stories in similar lines with a little change of flavour here and there. This is not a movie to be seen with family and kids because of the violence, flesh and cruality shown.

 

Will Smith has surly done a great job in the movie and have played the character very well. It is thrilling to see the scene they have created for New York city.

 

Overall I would rate this movie as 1 on a scale of 1 to 5 and would not recommend to my friends.

 

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Aaja Nachle – review

Monday, December 24th, 2007

The movie has a good story line which provides a mix of a typical village girl and a modern New Yorker. Brings out some of the family aspects and conservative family oriented thoughts in the Indian society. Also shows some aspects of politics and the kind of people involved.

Looks like yash raj films has carved a story for Madhuri Dixit (MD). No one can beat her even today when it comes to dance and I think she has announced that loud and clear to the larger film industry with this movie.

In the recent Bollywood trend of challenging stories Aaja Nachle is a recent addition. Few other recent ones are Chuk de India and some parts of Rang de Basanti. The story line revolves around the fact that the lead actor/actress accepts a challenge which is difficult and turns it to reality. Apart from Madhuri Dixit some of the strong characters of this movie are Akshay Khanna playing Raja Saab, Irfan Khan playing Farooque and Kunal Kapoor playing Imran/Majnu.

Overall it’s a good movie worth watching once. If you are planning to see this movie then either go to cinema hall or make sure you have good music system on your TV. Entire fun is in the music and dance this movie promises. I have deliberately not touched on the story line of the movie in detail as it would spoil the fun of people who have not seen the movie yet.

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