Kingship knows no kinship. Based on this philosophy, debutant director Atul Sabharwal dishes out an exotic fare which leaves you wiping your mouth with the back of your hand. Brilliant. AURANGZEB
is a must watch for any movie buff. It's slick and racy. What's more, you have sellout performances from every actor, including those playing bit roles.
It would be unfair on the other actors if any one actor is singled out for his or her performance. Even Swara Bhaskar
, Deepti Naval
and Amrita Singh
stand out in their roles alongside the heavyweights. If you thought Aurangzeb belonged to Arjun Kapoor
, you are wrong. Even Jackie Shroff
stands tall amidst power games that leave a trail of dead bodies.
No one is spared, not even a son. It's a game of deceit, of power where every character has shades of hidden grey. So who is the good guy here? Hard to tell until the end as the plot changes at every turn. It's a game of cat and mouse. In the jungle of power and corruption, it's the survival of the fittest; nay shrewdest.
Set in Gurgaon, AURANGZEB tracks the story of two power heads; one an obvious criminal and the other, a Deputy Commissioner of Police who wants the ultimate power. He will not let anything or anyone come in his way. CHECK OUT: Arjun Kapoor - The double role in AURANGZEB is different from ROWDY RATHORE
Yashwardhan (Jackie Shroff) is the figure head the rich and powerful and even the politicians go to, to get their work done. To the world, he portrays a clean front. But there are deals he is involved in which the Delhi Police are aware of but have no evidence. DCP Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) too has a clean front, that of a police officer. But he is the 'collection centre' of all ill-gotten wealth. To the world, he and his sons are police officers. But he wants to wrest the ultimate power from Yashwardhan.
To get at Yashwardhan, he sends Vishal (Arjun Kapoor) as an informer to Yashwardhan's house after abducting his son Ajay (Arjun Kapoor). The identical twins are unaware of each other's existence until later. Once in, Vishal gathers evidence to send Yashwardhan's empire spiraling out of control. But Ravikant has other devious plans which he has yet not shared with his nephew and 'partner in crime', ACP Arya (Prithviraj).
There is not a moment where you can take your eyes off from the goings-on on screen. From the commentary in the beginning till the end, Sabharwal has your complete attention as he stitches together scenes after brilliant scenes to take the film to its ultimate climax.
Arjun Kapoor cements his worth as an actor of repute with another powerful performance. Such intensity was seen in Amitabh in ZANJEER
and such sincerity in Anil Kapoor
in TEZAAB and PARINDA. This lad is cast in a mold of his own. CHECK OUT: AURANGZEB - Swara's breakthrough act as Prithviraj's wife!
Sikandar Kher and Amrita Singh surprise with their deadly act. Ditto Anupam Kher in a bit role and Tanvi Azmi
. Prithviraj as the nephew indebted to Ravikant dishes out a marvelous performance of rare intensity as a committed police officer who knows what is right until the wrong within catches up with him.
But it is Rishi Kapoor who is the surprise packet. He is dynamic as the maniac who wants to wrest power at any cost. What he failed to do in AGNEEPATH
he succeeds in AURANGZEB. Chilling.
It would not be wrong to term AURANGZEB as the Indian version of Godfather for hits sheer power in script and performance. What's more you are involved in the game as you try to figure out who is the ultimate good guy. Verdict:
Not to be missed