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Raajneeti: Movie Review

3 June 2010, 05:00pm ISTlGaurav Malani/INDIATIMES MOVIES
Director: Prakash Jha
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Manoj Bajpai, Ajay Devgan, Nana Patekar, Arjun Rampal
Rating: 3.5


One of the most powerful and pertinent political parables in India undoubtedly happens to be Mahabharat where brothers fought against each other to gain ultimate power. Prakash Jha employs the same politics of power in his contemporary adaptation of Mahabharat, deriving its primary plot and central characters from the epic.

Amidst continual character introductions, technical political procedures and several subplots, it takes a while for you to grasp the scheme of things in the initial reels. Here's an attempt to summarize the multilayered story in the most elementary manner. Cousins Veerendra Pratap Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) and Prithvi Pratap Singh (Arjun Rampal) are heirs of a powerful political party. When Prithvi gets to take the lead, Veerendra teams up with a backward class leader Sooraj (Ajay Devgan) to plot against Prithvi and evict him from the party.

Prithvi's younger brother Samar (Ranbir Kapoor) who is studying abroad and has no political aspirations gets sucked into the political rivalry between the families. Under the mentoring of senior party and family member Brij Gopal (Nana Patekar), Samar takes charge of the conniving affairs of state to start their own political party, gather funds and get Prithvi contest against Veerendra.

Those acquainted with Mahabharat will certainly comprehend the character analogy. Veerendra (Bajpayee) is derived from Duryodhan and Sooraj (Devgan) from Karan. Samar (Ranbir) corresponds to Arjun who fought the battle under the guidance of Krishna equivalent to Brij Gopal (Nana) ' the passive participant in the war. The characters are effectively recreated and the core concept and conflicts are ably redrafted in the modern milieu.

The screenplay by Prakash Jha and Anjum Rajabali is crisp and has a dynamic flow with the drama building up through the political one-upmanship between opponents in every passing act. With the premise that politics corrupts every soul, almost every central character in the film is sketched with shades of grey. So much so that till a point you are puzzled on who's the protagonist and who's the antagonist. But by the second half the two are distinctly demarcated with Ranbir's character coming to forefront. Other than Mahabharat, there's also a hint of Godfather in the writing when Ranbir stays back in India to win over his father's lost empire. And here's where the film shifts track from a political saga to being a regular revenge drama. The formulaic climax adds to the vengeance plot but at the same time complements the original essence of Mahabharat.

Samar's entire quest to find his father's murderer seems frail since the assassin's identity is obvious with no other character left to gain the benefit of doubt. Arjun Rampal's arrest in the first half seems as much forced as much as Naseeruddin Shah's presence in the film's prologue. The firebrand leftist leader suddenly disappears into oblivion. However the minor loose ends in the narrative are overshadowed by it's brisk pace and deft direction.

Prakash Jha is the best in business when it comes to handling political drama. While his Hindi heart-belt dialogues and political jargons add authenticity to the film, at times it may be difficult for the audience to appreciate the proceedings. Nevertheless his storytelling is simple, effective and gripping never letting you lose the film for any moment. The hypocrisy of the two-faced politicians that he brings out through the film, as they smile externally and scheme internally is admirable. Also while having a star-studded cast, at no point does he exploit the heroism of his stars but focuses only on the performance of his actors. There are no snazzy entries, starry songs or heroic action sequences. The script gets the better of the actors.

Raajneeti is an absolutely performance driven film and Jha not only extracts excellent performances from his cast but also balances each role so that no actor overshadows the other. Ranbir Kapoor as the protagonist who is willing to go to any extent to win the political race stands out from the towering cast with the most poised performance of his career so far. Manoj Bajpayee is theatrical but since his character demands that, he doesn't end up hamming like he has been doing in recent roles. In fact he is in superb form and delivers a vicious negative act. Nana Patekar as the silent spectator and guide is so effective that despite taking a backseat his screen-presence is never diluted. Ajay Devgan, once again, speaks through the intensity of his eyes and is remarkable. Arjun Rampal is amazingly confident, playing a character divergent to the roles he has done so far. Katrina Kaif adds dignity to her role and also speaks fairly decent Hindi. Nikhila Tirkha as Ranbir's mother is impressive. Shruti Seth is effective in her two-scene slattern act.

The epic tale of Mahabharat has been repeatedly adapted on the small screen ever since B.R.Chopra first did it more than two decades back. But barring Chopra's version, all other direct derivatives have been shoddy and forgettable. All those losers and other aspirants can take a lesson or two from Prakash Jha about the politics of the trade. Raajneeti is the most effective cinematic interpretation of the Mahabharat since Shyam Benegal's Kalyug (1981).

Prakash Jha's Raajneeti is a politically correct tribute to Mahabharat. Absolutely recommended!


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Heres a first public user review!

Theatre : Grand Sahara (Sharjah)
Showtime : 10:30 AM
Duration : 170 minutes

Came after watching Prakash Jha's latest offering "Raajneeti" starring Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal and Ajay Devgan in the lead...
While watching this movie you will get a feeling that the whole plot and characters are heavily inspired from the epic story Mahabharatham and the classic "The Godfather"...

"Raajneeti" is basically a complex game of politics where human relationships are challenged to achieve the ultimate power...

Story rolls on with a flashback where, Bhaskar played by Naseruddin Shah, an old leftist, challenging the most powerful leaders together with the support of a young lady who considers him as God.. But destiny changes their fortunes when she gets impregnated due to Bhaskar and gives birth to the child, but even before see her child's face, Brij Gopal played by Nana Patekar abandons the child...

Rolling to present era. Sooraj Kumar (played by Ajay Devgan) is the guy whom the people of Azad Nagar considers as the leader of Dalits... In parallel, story of a family with huge political background develops with the clashes between Prithviraj (played by Arjun Rampal) and Veerendra (played by Manoj Bajpayee) for the political throne, after Prithviraj's father is shot dead... Samar (played by Ranbir Kapoor) comes in as a help for his brother and Sooraj joins with Veerendra... Rest of the story deals with who gets to the throne finally, where Indu (played by Katrina Kaif) also gets trapped in this war...

One can clearly say that, the characterization of Sooraj was definitely etched out from one of the greatest epic character "Karna" from Mahabharatha and that of Katrina Kaif was from the life of Sonia Gandhi.. The makers have deliberately tried to create a replica of personality of Sonia Gandhi in Katrina Kaif !! Manoj Bajpayee can be seen as Duryaodhana... And many incident/situations resembles both Mahabharatha and Godfather....

Eventhough the whole proceedings were looking predictable, Prakash Jha has done a commendable job in keeping us engaged most of the time... And hats off to him for the effort he has put in to make this film... Coming to performances, everybody justice to their parts...

Ranbir Kapoor is maturing with each film.. He was utmost convincing as Samar... No incertitudes on him becoming the next superstar of Bollywood !! Arjun Rampal pitches in yet another power-packed performance... Ajay Devgan was good... Katrina Kaif takes a break from her glam-doll image here and it pays off.. Her transformations were very well enacted.... Another actor who steals the show is Nana Patekar with his impeccable timing and dialogue delivery... Manoj Bajpayee as the antagonist was superb.... And the support cast also does a fine job...

Cinematography was pretty good... BG score was just OK...

On the downside, the pacing of the second half gets slowed down, at times.... BG score could have been better... Duration of the film should have been taken care of by some trimming...

On the whole, watch Raajneeti for the sincerity with which Prakash Jha has made this film and also for the excellent performances put up from Ranbir, Arjun, Ajay, Katrina and Nana Patekar...

Verdict : Contemporary Mahabharatha.. Good..

Rating : 7.5/10


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Originally posted by lovanika

Excellent...
 
Loving it....All reviewa re for Ajay, Nana, Manoj and Ranbir ....good one
 
While the publicity was for Ran-KAt the reviews ar eSOLEY based on performances of Ajay, Nana, Manoj and Nassru..the so called OLDIES...
 
Wasn't Prakash talking about NAtional award for KAtrina and Ranbir.....well....
 
Lets wait for the public reviews...
 
 
 
hey no offence meant but as u r saying all d reviews r mentioning along with d oldies ranbir too
in fact all of dem say dt hes amazing
so one may never know he might get an award for it
as far as rankat is concerned i think dey publicised d movie like dis to cash in as dey have already given a hit movie

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Rajneeti Has An Average Advance

 

Thursday 3rd June 2010 18.30 IST

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The advance booking of Rajneeti has seen an average response at most places in India. There were pretty high expectations from the trade regarding the opening for the film but looking at the advance a very big opening seems unlikely though it is possible the Friday audience may come in a big way.

 

The biggest reason for the lukewarm advance is that Ranbir Kapoor has a huge following amongst the youth but due to politic theme its not the type of film that the youth patronises especially at the urban multiplexes.

 

The film should open better in places like UP, Bihar, MP and Rajasthan but Mumbai, Delhi and East Punjab multiplexes may have to depend on word of mouth.

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Originally posted by lovanika

Excellent...
 
Loving it....All reviewa re for Ajay, Nana, Manoj and Ranbir ....good one
 
While the publicity was for Ran-KAt the reviews ar eSOLEY based on performances of Ajay, Nana, Manoj and Nassru..the so called OLDIES...
 
Wasn't Prakash talking about NAtional award for KAtrina and Ranbir.....well....
 
Lets wait for the public reviews...
 
 
 
hey no offence meant but as u r saying all d reviews r mentioning along with d oldies ranbir too
in fact all of dem say dt hes amazing
so one may never know he might get an award for it
as far as rankat is concerned i think dey publicised d movie like dis to cash in as dey have already given a hit movie
 
None taken....
 
I did mention Ranbir with Ajay, Nana, Nassrudin, Manoj...in my post (top line)
 
What I mean is in the revie no one is talking about the chemistry of Ranbir-Kat they all are talking about the fantastic political drama by the senior actors and Ranbir....
 
That was the point we had from the begining that movie is going to be MUCH more than the chemistry....and reviews are proving it.....
 
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