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MOVIE REVIEW: MOHENJO DARO

A story set in the pre-historic Indus Valley, in 2016 BC.

INFO:
Release Date: Aug 12th 2016
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker
Produced by UTV Motion Pictures and Ashutosh Gowariker Productions

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MOVIE REVIEW ...

SEE THE MOVIE IF....

1. If you are completely besotted with period movie, for this movie takes you to one of the earliest known civilization to mankind- the Indus valley civilization of Mohenjo Daro and Harrapa. And yes, it does do ample justice to the prehistoric period via the sets and the costumes, incorporating whatever little is know about the artifacts from the era. You will endlessly stare at the boats of the time, the goods exchanged, and yes, the artifacts known from the civilization. As per Times Of India, Karen Goulekas of The Day After Tomorrow and 10,000 BC fame was brought in as visual effects supervisor for the film. The effort is clearly evident and visually appealing.

2. If you have the patience to somehow tolerate the first half, after the opening scene, that is (opening scene is strikingly beautiful, the action amazing and the location- picturesque). The second half keeps you agog and enthralled. You feel in awe as if getting a spectacular glimpse of perhaps what the ancient civilization possibly looked like, no matter how fictional the portrayal, for it opens the dam of your imagination and wonderment. The closing sequence of events having been portrayed with amazing details and provide an enchanting ending, leaving you with an avid interest in ancient history. 

3. If you are a Hrithik Roshan fan. Hrithik has done a good job- as was intended, he appears lithe and agile, rather than muscular (as quoted in Stardust by the UK based trainer Joshua Kyle Baker who was brought in to train Hrithik for the role). He obviously impresses with his body, the way the costumes fall over his tanned and toned torso, which incidentally is hairy in keeping with the times. No, he is never shirtless in the movie, which shows that the producers didn't want to exploit his body- at least that's my premise. Otherwise, how easy would it have been to show a bare-chested man in the prehistoric era? In fact, I would have thought that would be totally in keeping with the times as well.


WHAT'S BAD ABOUT THE MOVIE..

1. Hrithik's hair- Now, I have no idea what style did men sport during the period, but it certainly couldn't have been Hrithik's current hair-do- no matter how much fashion repeats itself. No other man's style stuck out like a sore thumb.

2. Large age difference between the lead male and female actors is a certain turn-off for me. At 42, Hrithik looked older by the screen, while at 25, Pooja looked younger with each shot until finally the romantically paired duo looked like a father-daughter pair. From the makers of Jodha Akbar of 2008, this love story is barely even that, lacking any chemistry whats so ever, not even remotely close to the fire Hrithik and Ashwariya lit in the former.

3. Like I said, the first half, baring the opening scene, was painstakingly jejune and vapid. It remained stodgy right until the intermission. No, even the ancient era did nothing to perk up my interest.

OVERALL ...

Go watch it if you feel your ardor for period movie can sustain you through the lackluster first half before the second half catapults your interest back to the earliest civilization and leaves you wanting to research more ... And as Indian Express puts it, "we need to remember that whatever we do know about Mohenjo Daro is perhaps as much an imagination of the historian as that of a filmmaker who depicts it in visual terms". 

Yes, you may take your kids if they are patient, curious and show a passion for period drama.


HOW IS THE MOVING DOING?

Not so good. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, “Mohenjo Daro did not get the required boost on Mon [Independence Day]… Although the 4-day total is decent, it should’ve been much higher. Fri 8.87 cr, Sat 9.60 cr, Sun 12.07 cr, Mon 10.36 cr. Total: ₹ 40.90 cr. India biz.”



  

By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a computer programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 

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