Eklavya Movie Review

Beautiful! That would be the first thing coming out of my mouth if you would have asked me about the cinematography. It was different, would been the answer for the question about the movie. But if you would have asked me about the story, you would never got any answer from me. Reason? Because it is just so difficult to narrate the story. I have no idea how I am going to manage this review too.

Okay, I should stop confusing everyone now.

The movie is about loyalty of Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan) whose job is to protect King – Raja – Rana Jaywardhan (Boman Irani) and his family. Prince Harshwardhan (Saif Ali Khan) arrives from London after hearing about sad demise of her mother, queen – Rani – of Devigarh, Suhasinidevi (Shamila Tagore). But after reaching Devigarh, het gets to know the truth which was kept hidden from him since his childhood.

The story takes a big turn when Harshwardhan gets to know the reason for his mother’s death. Rest is to watch.

I think I should talk more about praising performances and visuals of the movie. Let me start with performances. Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan and Amitabh Bachchan… no one can beat him. I may be biased towards him because I am a big fan of Mr. Bachchan but he was truly superb in the movie. There was some kind of power in his voice, in his action… just everything. 2nd impressive actor was Saif Ali Khan. He fits perfectly into the role of a prince of a royal family. I think being from a royal family must have helped him a lot here. Just perfect!

Another important aspect of the film was: the cinematography. The visuals were just great. I was like “wow� when I saw the visuals of the palace. Very beautiful I must say.

Let’s talk about some action now, some great scenes. My best favorite part was when Eklavya shows his skills to inspector Pannalal Chohaar (Sanjay Dutt), it might be kind of unreal but it was impressive. 2nd best scene would be the scene which was just before the interval. (I can’t reveal it as it will be kind of spoiler)

Okay, all good things about the movie, let’s take a look at the bad ones.

If I had to rate the movie keeping the public aside, then I would have definitely wrote about all the good things because from critic’s point of view, the movie was just fantastic. But now if I take a look at the movie from the point of view of normal public – aam janta – I would have yawned in few scenes and would have asked the director to move the story in a quicker manner.

I actually heard few people in the interval discussing about slow pace of the movie. But for me it was just perfect but the general public wants much more than “a good cinema�. They need some glamour, some comedy and some naach gaana.

Let me just sum up the stuff.

Acting: As mentioned earlier Amitabh Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan were most impressive. Later comes Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergil and Jackie Shroff. Vidya Balan had nothing much to do but she was good. Same applies for Raima Sen and Sanjay Dutt.

Music: Only one song, Chanda re Chanda re. Very good song, I really liked it.

Overall, the movie was brilliant price of direction, performance and a great visual treat. But sadly it is not meant for masses.

I would give this movie 3 / 5 from the point of view of public. But my personal rating would be 4 / 5.

Predicto Meter: It should do well in multiplexes but there are less chances of it doing well in single screen theatres.


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  2. apni baal nahi nochna chahte
    to Aklavya Mat dekhna
    Its a real sucide to see it
    total harreshment
    this notification is issued in general interest of the public
    pl diseminate to all concerned

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  4. hey i saw it today .. its a good movie … and all actors have done well with thr characters 🙂

    i recomend everyone to go .. not bad at all…

  5. one message that the movie gives is the best , it says – do what your heart says, and that is the only correct thing for you in the whole world.. not the one that others tell you to do…

  6. Romance in Celluloid without a Soul

    Problem with Chopra is that though he knows the Language of Celluloid but he lacks the ability to connect with audience and engage them. The end Result is easy to predict, a good-looking movie that has great cinematography and art direction but lacks the Soul.

    A great Star Cast and fresh storyline go wasted due to sluggish pace and confused style of story telling. The Movie has so many unfulfilled promises like it has a plot that could have explored so many gray and dark areas of human psyche but rather it ends as a movie that has moth-balled stereotypical roles. Nowhere the internal confrontations and conflicts of decaying royalty are explored, nowhere the impact of choices made by erstwhile maharajas to live in a time warp rather then in contemporary democratic world. Similarly, the conflicts of Saif and Bacchan were not brought out though that could have given the audience a real feast, as both of these actors are very much capable to bring out the most subtle and negative aspects of human psyche with a convincing authenticity. Only Boman Irani shows plausible portrayal of a Not-So-Royal Royalty and also successfully brings out the internal agony and turmoil that one will go through if ones responsibility to carry forward the VANSH is shouldered by a low-life servant.

    Apart from that so many fine actors go wasted, as they were never challenged by the director. Jimmy Shergil and Jacky Shroff were given the stereotypical roles of money-hungry-all-evil bad guys. On the similar lines, Sanju Baba is wasted in a role that could have given voice and expression to the agony of all those Dalits that had suffered the torture and humiliation on the hands of so called benevolent royals.

    Precious Seconds and Celluloid Reels are wasted on the scenes that doesn’t do much to bring out the internal confusion and pain of characters (for example, the scene involving the murder of Shergill and the scene of Balan and Saif that involves nothing but inaudible whisperings) whereas various important conflicts are either not attended (such as conflict of Saif when he comes in term with the fact that Eklavya is his real Father) or attended with a casual attitude (the relationship between Sharmila and Bacchan).

    So in the end we have a movie that had made Lofty Promises and desperately tried to live up to the Expectations But could not deliver.

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