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A period film. Mohenjo Daro, a film by Ashutosh Gowariker, created quite a bit of hype before its release. Right from the promotional events to the trailer to the debutant beautiful heroine Pooja Hegde and to Hrithik Roshan's look, fans simply waited for its release with utter curiosity and interest.
Now that it's out in the theatres, the dripping box office results tell us the story of its fate. For this, the reasons could be many but as always said, its easy for us to like a movie or not, but the director's effort is the one that should be appreciated at the end of the day.
The basic storyline as always, is a love story which is set in the 26th century BC. The whole story seems to happen in Mohenjo Daro, the world's oldest settlements, The Indus Valley civilization.
In simple words, the story talks about a farmer who travels to the great city and falls in love with a high-status woman, and in turn gets challenged by the city's elite. Finally, how he fights against the overwhelming odds to save their civilization becomes the ultimatum. Storyline? Nothing new!
Glen Boswell, who choreographed stunts for films like The Matrix, trained the Bang Bang star for some power-packed stunts. Though a few stunts seemed unnecessary at times, the way Hrithik put up his show, despite his injury, has to be applauded.
Newcomer Pooja Hegde, looks lovely and beautiful and has done a decent job in terms of acting. But her costuming seemed overpowering and inappropriate to that century. Hrithik's earthy-looking clothes though suited the environment, did less in impressing for its authenticity.
Apart from these flaws the movie's poor storytelling, negligible historical details, predictable storyline has failed to impress the audience. These could be the last words for us to say about the movie, but let's not.
As serious movie lovers, however, it pinches us somewhere to see such a high-budgeted, time-consuming movie not to receive the expected results. That too, from a successful director who has made period dramas before, like Lagaan and Jodha Akbar. Better luck next time director Sir! Is all we can say.
Right from the costuming to the storytelling to the acting, the whole film seems overdramatically done. The comical bronze-look of the actors, the hero trying too hard to prove himself simply is too much to take...
Gowariker roped in Karen Goulekas, one of the most renowned visual effects artists in the world, for his film. But sincerely, there was not even a single ‘wow' moment for the viewers in terms of VFX. Very sad!
Wrong Costumes Selection Make The Film Look Unreal
Bifurcated dhoti, cut and sewn top donned by Hrithik sang ‘never existed in that period'. And Pooja wearing an elaborate headgear, a chiffon-like fabric ensemble, sequins and embellishments, modern looking silhouette... God! Everything seemed unreal and out of place.
Great Acting But Poor Storyline
Ok. Let's neglect all the other flaws, poor VFX, costuming, dramatization, but the basic skeleton of any movie is its capability of storytelling. Despite good acting, the movie fails to grip the audience to the screen. As viewers, we get lost somewhere and fail to return!
Nothing About History
After two successful period-dramas, Lagaan and Jodha Akbar in the past, Gowariker took huge liberties with the historical details of this period, understandably though. Giving prominence to its grandness and commercial values that would appeal to one and all, he ended up making something that is unjust to the much necessary historical details.
Finally, the movie ends, but doesn't leave us in a gaze! Why? Funnily enough, the story itself seemed predictable, with nothing new happening either in the start, middle or in the end the movie. Did we miss something?
Too Much Of Expectations From The Film
High-voltage promotions, Hrithik's much anticipated comeback, historical subject, the director's success in telling period stories, obviously set the view-quotient high. But the cat is out of the bag now!