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Mohenjo Daro has a little bit of Bahubali, a little bit of Exodus, a little bit of Lion King and even Lagaan. But it does has its own flavour, I am perticularly happy because the team atleast tried to put something new on celluloid in India. See film making is a creative process and when you try someting big like Mohenjo Daro specially in India it may become great, maybe good, maybe average or may end up as bad becuase we dont have resources like the west. There was a film called ‘Puli’ in south recently which went terribly bad but what’s important is to try and give the audience something new. MohenJo Daro is not an epic like the same director’s and India’s one of the most loved film ever ‘Lagaan’ not terrible like ‘Puli’ even not like Jodha Akbar or Bahubali but yes its a watchable affair. Media is very much negative about this film and its trailer was also not well cut and recieved but the film is far better than the trailer and not at all deserves media and even industry insider’s negativity. So, lets start why the movie failed to emerge as an epic which I expected and it could have been. I always wanted another ‘Lagaan’ from Ashutosh Gowarikar but it seems very difficult or maybe impossible though I am being very negative here, he may surprise us again. Why he failed here to give us a classic because unlike ‘Lagaan’ where even before the making 99% people called that it’ll be a flop. Still Aamir and Ashutosh worked for that 1% without the fear of failure bravely and stayed away from regular bollywood clichés and made a cult classic but here since the beginning of film’s making despite being a brave decision to make a movie on mohenjo Daro that too on a huge scale Ashutosh had the pressure to deliver and that fear made him to include a lot of clichés in the screenplay. Many things in the movie seems like we have seen it before. Casting went wrong too, Kabir Bedi looked so repetitive as Maham, we have seen him doing those things many times in the past, Arunoday Singh as Moonja is so uni-dimensional and the lead female actor Pooja Hegde as Chaani is so incompetent to emote, she is beautiful but her poor acting decreased the impact of many good scenes. Script by Ashutosh could have been better, VFX which is not bad but really I wanted it to be better and Preeti Mamgain’s dialogues are average.
There’s not much we get to know about Mohenjo Daro more from what we know but again I never to have the history class in the theatre. Ashutosh took that as a backdrop and made an entertainer. I was entertained the way I was when I saw 10000 BC, dont we see hollywood fiction films made on history and love it. Lets talk about its positives, Hrithik Roshan ably plays the role, convincingly potrays the transition from an indigo farmer to a rebel, to a fighter and then a leader. Not his best performance but definately a praiseworthy one, he’s one major highlight of the film. AR Rahman’s background score is fantastic, it gives us the feel of 2016 BC and Indus Valley Civilization though there’s no song which remains in our mind apart from ‘Tu Hai’ which is soulful, fabulously shot and Choreographed by Raju Khan. Javed Akhtar’s Lyrics are good, Screenplay of Gowarikar is colorful though cliched at many places but his vision is very positive and big. Cinematography of C. K. Muraleedharan is fantastic and Editing by Sandeep Francis is very good. There are few action scenes in the end which are very nicely executed, exotic to watch on screen. The movie deserves more on box office and if it’ll work then only directors will atleast try to make big period films in future and one day we’ll get another great film like ‘Lagaan’ one day again for sure. All in all its and underwhelming epic but very much deserves a watch, go if you love colorful lavish period entertainers. I’ll go with 3 stars out of 5.