Movie Review Mohenjo Daro : Ashutosh Gowariker has returned after 6 years with ‘Mohenjo Daro’. Here’s the review of this Hrithik Roshan-Pooja Hegde starrer.
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Producer: Sidharth Roy Kapur, Sunita Gowariker
Screenplay: Ashutosh Gowariker
Story: Ashutosh Gowariker
Music: AR Rahman
Cinematography: C. K. Muraleedharan
Editing: Sandeep Francis
Production company: UTV Motion Pictures & Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd. (AGPPL)
Mohenjo Daro is everything a Bollywood period drama ought to be, and critics have touted this as one of Hrithik’s good performances, but the film’s lacklustre script and unrealism play major spoilers. Blossoming love in the backdrop of Indus Valley Civilization that extends into one of revenge, politics and the fight for a kingdom, essentially forms the story of Mohenjo Daro.
Set in 2016 BC, Mohenjo Daro hinges on a popular Bollywood formulaic plot about a poor man-turned-hero who finally saves a village as well as the damsel in distress. Hence, slightly disappointing, especially as it is a big-budget, Ashutosh Gowariker film.
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
Here’s a summary of all that you want to know about the film….
No wonder a film that stars Hrithik will focus on his hot bod, his dancing skills, and that’s the charm in Mohenjo Daro. The sets are interesting, true to an Ashutosh Gowariker film. Pooja Hegde is a mix of glam stuff plus a bit of acting and chemistry. The film takes you back decades, and that is one experience the audience may like initially – for its impact and effect.
One of the most dominant flaws of Mohenjo Daro is that it fails to denote enough time to one important thing at a time. It’s a collection of a lot of things – the historical era, the characters, some singing and dancing, love story in the midst of an evil shadow, plot of hero avenging his father’s death, a kingdom story, etc…phew.
Hrithik’s acting prowess is sort of wasted in this flick which is part period drama, part Lagaan with bits inspired from Jodha Akbar. Such an actor would rather do another, more contemporary film.
A lot of critics have also commented that the script meanders throughout the film. Neither the historians are happy as the facts are distorted, nor is the audience entertained completely.
Reportedly, the film’s budget doubled from 150 cr to a whopping 300 crores during the course of the shooting. Albeit, the makers have recovered 60 cr already from its satellite rights, let’s see if its business flourishes at the Box Office in the days to come.
Here’s the trailer of the film