Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hrithik Roshan's Mohenjo Daro Review: Why Bigger, but not better?

Hrithik Roshan with red eye make-up and horn in Mohenjo Daro
Hrithik Roshan in a still of Mohenjo Daro with red-eye make-up and horn

What’s Good?: The Sincerity of Director Ashutosh Gowariker and Actor Hrithik Roshan

Hrithik Roshan entertains with his controlled performance. Where the bigger sets also fail to engross at few points, his star powering presence does well. It is appreciating that director Ashutosh Gowariker thought of taking a period film of an era which clear glimpse are not available. Taking such a project itself is a courageous deed.

What’s Bad?

Scattered script!. You feel like dragged in some portions. Where multi-climaxes visualize entertaining, some portions of movie appear tedious too.

Mohenjo Daro Movie Review

Watch or Not?

The touch of Indus Valley civilization and bigger sets put the knees down before ordinary story parts. It is unfortunate to say that despite too much hard work and sincerity of actor Hrithik Roshan and director Ashutosh Gowariker, the film can be passed till it comes to small screen.

Mohenjo Daro Story Review: Concept and Script Analysis with 5 Sub-plots of Mohenjo Daro

First Plot: Hrithik Vs Crocodile

The first plot reveals how Hrithik faces the devil crocodile and kills it with villager.

Second Plot: Mystery Web of Hrithik’s Dreams and Real Life Incidents

Where after slaying a gator one sees nightmares, Hrithik as Sarman dreams of a serene location, a deer with single horn and a tune that his aunt also hum next morning. These incidents become mystic hints for Sarman which push him to go on a journey for Mohenjodaro to unveil the mysteries and ambiguities.

Third Plot: Meetings of Hrithik and Pooja Hegde

The wait of seeing the heroine of this muscle-man ends when Hrithik meets Pooja Hegde and pursues her. His efforts work and melt the girl which lead to a kiss between Hrithik and Pooja Hegde.

Fourth Plot: Sarman Vs Maham and Munja

The evil ruler of the village- Maham, played by Kabir Bedi and his devious son Munja, played by Arunoday Singh are the two who play challengers for Sarman.

Fifth Plot: Hrithik Roshan’s Fight with a Burly Man

The fight takes you to an amphitheatre which seems as heavier as climax and gives you a feel of clapping and going home, but the film runs more. It indeed had to go miles in next 30 minutes.

Sixth Plot

This part of Mohenjo Daro's story unfolds how Hrithik collapses the venture of an evil character with the help of a famous "Unity" formula.

Mohenjo Daro Review: Characters and Star Performances

Hrithik Roshan as Sarman

Who saves the film a bit in spite of the shortcoming is the star power of Hrithik Roshan and his controlled presence at every flash. He looks good in all of his action sequences, especially in action with Bhakar Zokar.

Pooja Hegde as Chaani

Although you can see the impact of rehearsals that Pooja Hegde would have done before facing the camera, yet you sense some scope of betterment in her straight expressions while she spelled her dialogues. However, being a new-bee, Pooja does a decent job. Though the biggest job that she had to deliver was to smile and don those different-looking costumes and taaj of phool-pattis.

Kabir Bedi as Maham

Kabir Bedi doesn’t look that scary, the way the makers would have thought to give a villain’s impact. We hope we had got to see more witchy side of him.

Mohenjo Daro Direction Review: Sets and Shooting Location

Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro is Bigger, Not Better!

The hero of period films, Ashutosh Gowariker tries to bring best script and performers, yet he misses to bang on at exact point. His previous two period dramas- Lagaan and Jodha Akbar were way better in entertaining, captivating, and sticking you to the movies.

What Went Wrong with Mohenjo Daro?

Multi-climaxes gave ample of chances of using VFX to the film makers, which is a plus as they are splendid. Where the theatric drama raises the movie, little more efforts on editing and improving the script parts could have worked wonders with Mohenjo Daro, saving it from dragging you.

Mohenjo Daro Music Review

The maestro has done the expected job for Mohenjo Daro. Rehman's music has sounded intriguing, plucking the right chord as per the requirement. Being an adventurous period film with a love story, A. R. Rehman has given all that was needed. The background score to songs, things matches and adds to take you to that era. His inputs complement to the settings of Mohenjo Daro.

Mohenjo Daro Movie Review: Audience Experience

Commencement & First Half of Mohenjo Daro

If you are a fan of Hrithik Roshan, you will find an airy fairy treat by your bronzed hero right when you just set yourself with the seat. You see the screen flaunting a scenic landscape with rocks and flexing muscles of Sarman that is played by Hrithik who had to find and collapse a man-eating reptile- an alligator.

Post Interval & Climax of Mohenjo Daro

With many climaxes, the film story has many sub-plots that are like branches which drag you to multiple directions and give you a feel of watching many movies, leaving you dragged and tired of this. You want breaks.

Other than all above, there are two stories that run side-by-side. One is Hrithik and Pooja’s love story. Another is how Hrithik set the city-livers free from the evil clutch of main villain of the story- Maham.

However there are several other points that you can’t miss and lead to say “God, why this happened in the film?” Some of them are as below:

1. To connect you with the ancient era, the film serves you with some different language without subtitle, which sounds twabble.

2. Sarman dreams of one-horned horse, which reminds you of Harry Potter.

3. The film uses too ordinary style of hero-heroine’s meet. Sarman and Chaani meet. Sarman follows Chaani. Chaani smites him. Eventually they both fall in deep love. You find nothing creative in the core of this love story.

4. The DDLJ’s “Palat” formula is also flaunted in Mohenjo Daro. We wish if any new formula would have presented or something new would have added, the audience could get something new to watch with interest.

5. Sarman uses red marks below his eyes and a horn to change his appearance and no one recognizes him. Where Hrithik Roshan adds something to his head, Pooja Hegde subtracts to change her look. She empties her head removing her nest-like signature crown to change her appearance and it works. Was it so easy to make people fool in that era?

6. The good vs evil deal also brings nothing new in the script, in terms of adding creativity to this period drama.

7. Some formulas look so obvious and repeated from Ashutosh’s films. Do you remember Lagaan and Swades of him?

In Lagaan, peasants protests against taxes. Here Aamir Khan seems replaced by Hrithik for the same job.

Both Lagaan and Swadesh teaches you about the power of unity, so does Mohenjo Daro.

Mohenjo Daro doesn't disappoint you completely. The movie has good VFX work, bigger sets and efforts of collecting antiques. It not at all can be said a bad movie, but yes, it doesn't make you jumping from your seat and clap. However, Hrithik and Ashutosh's efforts are visibly worth applauding.

The Bottom Line: Review of Mohenjo Daro | Rating and Verdict

If you are willing to connect with that Indus civilization and its history, Mohenjo Daro is not going to work perfect. If you are a fan of action drama, you might like the film. If you are a fan of Hrithik Roshan, you would indeed love the film adoring him and appreciating his work. But, if you are going to watch something ace keeping Ashutosh's previous period films in mind, then beware!

Review in Couple of Words

Positive: Hrithik Roshan’s presence and good VFX work
Negative: Shoddy Script

Mohenjo Daro: Rating and Verdict

Audience Rating: 2.5
Audience Verdict: Semi Hit

Official Trailer of Mohenjo Daro


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