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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Review: Raajneeti- Old wine in a fresh attractive bottle.

A movie that ran into a lot of controversies much before its release,comparisons with the life of Sonia Gandhi, Raajneeti managed to release on time and then there has been no looking back for this brilliant entertainer from Jha. It earned 10.5 crores on Friday itself and will continue to earn a lot in the coming days.

I missed a bit in the starting and also realized that if you miss the first ten minutes you will not understand the second half to an extent. Raajneeti is a modern day adaptation of the epic Mahabharat. It isn't an exact adaptation but the crux remains the same. There is betrayal,violence,unfair games for power and much more. The movie boasts of a starcast like Ranbir,Katrina,Arjun Rampal,Nana Patekar,Manoj Bajpai and Ajay Devgn and Shruthi Seth is not to be forgotten along with many other actors who have played a role some where or the other. The movie is set in Madhya Pradesh where the ruling party is ruled by two brothers. Illness hits the older brother(Manoj Bajpai's father) and he hands over the party in the hands of his younger brother. Manoj Bajpai who cannot take this makes every attempt to make his mark and get his way out. Arjun rampal(son of the younger brother) has always imagined himself in the seat of power the "Gaddi" as they call it. Ranbir Kapoor is the youngest amongst the brothers and has no connection with politics and wants to become a teacher after his PhD is forced to enter into the field after his father is killed. Thus begins a game of dirty politics,hunger for power,betrayal,games. Ranbir does everything he can to get his brother into power. Katrina Kaif is Ranbir Kapoor's love interest but is forced to marry Arjun Rampal because her father will get her married only to the person who will be the next CM. Ajay Devgn is the Dalit leader and joins hands with Manoj Bajpai to help him win the elections. Allegations are made against each other, charges are filled,people are killed for the sake of power. Nana Patekar is the one you have to watch out for. He is the silent killer here and makes the right moves at the right moment. Naseeruddin shah has a minor role in the start and so does Shruti Seth yet they manage to leave their mark. I will not reveal more because it for you to go and discover the plot.

The Acting department gets full marks. Every actor has given their best in the movie and it does not seem fake or bad. It is just right. Manoj Bajpai is a treat to watch after a long long time. He looks amazing and with the punches in his lines you are sure to love his character. Arjun Rampal is another actor who has great acting skills and it is here that you actually see them coming out. Ranbir kapoor is fine and he does justice to his role. Katrina Kaif struggles with her hindi but then she is ok with her acting. Nana Patekar is an actor whom you cannot comment about. He is good no matter what role he plays. The dialogues are straight and give that punch in every line. Also Prakash Jha gives equal screen space to every character even though the trailers concentrated more on the love track of Ranbir and Kat. The direction,locations,cinematography too are worth applauding.

What doesn't work is the last half hour of the movie which tends to go downhill after the gripping first half n a bit of the second half too. It could have been better for the audience to get that adrenaline rush and keep them at the edge of their seats literally. Else the movie works and will give the film industry a hit after a long time. Go watch it is what I will say. After all wasting 3 hours on this movie is total paisa vasool. And try not to download it because you will lose out on the theatre ambience.

Rating- ****( excellent!must watch)

Thanks
Prateek Thakker :)