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 â€“ Raja â€“ Rana Jaywardhan (Boman Irani) and his family. Prince Harshwardhan (Saif Ali Khan) arrives from London after hearing about sad demise of her mother, queen â€“ Rani â€“ 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 motherâ€™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 Bachchanâ€¦ 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 actionâ€¦ 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 â€œwowâ€? when I saw the visuals of the palace. Very beautiful I must say.
Letâ€™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 canâ€™t reveal it as it will be kind of spoiler)
Okay, all good things about the movie, letâ€™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 criticâ€™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 â€“ 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 â€œa good cinemaâ€?. 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.