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Review by : Harish V
Starring: Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgon, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif.
Direction: Prakash Jha
Music: Pritam Chakraborty, Aadesh Shrivastav, Shantanu Moitra, Wayne Sharp
Production: Prakash Jha Productions
Have you ever imagined how modern day Mahabhartha would seem like if told with Indian Politics as the base? do not try to test your intellectual brilliance any further, just shell out the movie hall fees and get into the dark room, for Prakash Jha had already done that and come up with a movie which is fresh, dark, extremely disturbing and brutal.

You might feel that Prakash Jha had seen a double bill Maniratnam's 'Dhalpathy' and Ram Gopal Verma's' Sarkar Raj' before he had sat down to script this 3 hour saga of politics, deceit and crime. But, you have to give it to Prakash, for he (and Anjum Rajabali) have come up with such a compelling screenplay that you only can feel sorry for those few who had refused to accompany you to the theaters.

In the quest of who will lead the family owned party when the party leader, the eldest of the family gets a stroke, Samar Pratap(Ranbir), a PhD scholar and the youngest who has no plans to enter politics is forced into it after a cruel assassination in his family. The tussle for power becomes a free for all within the family, with even blood relations being forgotten for power. Conspiracies are hatched and countered by the day and Samar realizes that reconciliation and fighting as a united party is a non-existent possibility. And Samar, with his brains splits the empire and launches a new party, guided by Brij Gopal(Nana) with plans of bringing his elder brother Prithviraj(Arjun Rampal) to power. The parent party is now in the hands of the now paralysed leader’s son Virendra (Manoj Bajpai) and he is now fighting with a new found firebrand youngster who is portrayed as the leader of the Dalits and other minorities; Suraj (Ajay Devgon).

A family feud in films is not new in Indian cinema and politics has also been taken many a times on celluloid but this is a dark film which keeps you hooked and entertained all through. Thanks mainly to the crystal clear screenplay by Prakash and Anjum, this movie clearly can be tagged one of the better movies made on Indian politics. There are several underlined references which you would so easily understand if you do follow Indian Politics. There were some continuation problems which the director could have worked on, and even the item number looked forced. Logically there were few things taken for granted apart from that, its all aces.

Performances from the ensemble cast are near to perfect. The movie does not belong to a single person but Ranbir, Nana and Arjun just blow you away, near perfect performances with Nana achieving cent percent. Katrina Kaif has given a subdued performance though her sudden love towards Arjun is not properly justified. Ajay Devgon maintains single minded intensity throughout; exactly what the character demanded. Naseerudin Shah is wasted in an insignificant role. Nikhila Tirkha is strictly ok. Sarah Thompson is a revelation. The rest of the crew have given their best in every single frame.

Cinematography by Sachin Kumar Krishnan, is just perfect for such a movie even the experimentation is kept in check and not overdone as like a Ram Gopal Verma movie(thankfully!). Editing by Santosh Mandal could have been better in the second half. Art direction by Jayant is brilliant, some of the sets he has erected are grandiose. Music has been used very intelligently and is made sure that it doesn't affect the screenplay, due to that the songs work. Dialogues are all very powerful but sometimes we just wonder who speaks in such a dialect, like when Nikhila Tirkha meets Ajay in person.

Overall its a movie which Hindi film industry has been waiting for, as Kites has already kissed the ground this movie is all set to keep the ticket counters ringing for quite some time. Maybe the modern day version of Ramayana can crack it in a fortnight. Its going to be an interesting war. The war of the modernized epics, lets wait and watch.

Verdict: Time and ticket wait for none, Go get it!!

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