Deer Deer on the prowl, what is MOHENJO DARO after all?
After 155 minutes of an exercise in persistence, Ashutosh Gowariker's MOHENJO DARO remains a mystery as the ancient civilization's untold history.
Starring Hrithik Roshan, Ashutosh Gowariker's film begins with an aim to be an epic then turns into a fancy dress circus to a love story then turns into a son's fight for his father's lost glory (an AGNEEPATH in BC.. eeh eeh ) then into an action adventure and ends up as a high school play. Yeah yeah. I made an epic.
Ashutosh Gowariker is guilty of helming such a painfully predictable story line in which the Bollywood's Greek God in looks - Hrithik Roshan plays a indigo farmer by the name Sarman. Sarman is introduced during his escapades with deadly crocodiles and the tough Sarman with a soft heart wins over the deadly animal with a 'trishul' (trident). But don't be fooled. It's not about those jungle adventures and it's more surreal in real. Pity the crocodile was just killed otherwise I would have shed some tears.
The prosperous neighborhood - MOHENJO DARO keeps on attracting Sarman who mysteriously sees a single horn deer (sacred animal in the Indus valley) in his dream. Living with his uncle Durjan (Nitish Bhardwaj), Sarman leaves for the prosperous neighborhood of Mohenjo Daro.
The bronzed hero Sarman visits Mohenjo Daro and things start haunting. But first he has to fall in love with the priest's daughter Chaani (Pooja Hegde) who roams with a weird feather clad head gear and a dress that make her look like a bird (sometimes a peacock, sometimes a parrot) and of course Chaani's perfect eyebrows and hairdo much better than Hrithik's and others in this BC era makes us wonder in disbelief. Designers Neeta Lulla and April Ferry go overbaord in the given free hand and treat this film as a fashion event making Pooja Hegde the show stopper with the smartly done cleavage especially for her.
Further Sarman finds his connection with MOHENJO DARO while we are still figuring out the reason why a reputed filmmaker like Ashutosh failed to add any insight on the civilization and the need for such an era for this story which could have been told anytime and anywhere. School kids going this for their projects in history beware.
Anyways how Sarman finds his connection with MOHENJO DARO, how he wins his Simran (read Chaani) and how he takes over the wicked Maham (Kabir Bedi) and his son Moonja (Arunoday Singh) finds the crux of this story that goes on and on with a climax that makes things worse.
Picture this! The movie opens with a language which we fail to understand but with few minutes the lingo changes into good Hindi to bad Hindi in order to make every one understand. Sawal (question) is pronounced as suwal that's all has changed in these years. Such convenience in a film that has used a name from our ancient chapter in history books is unacceptable. The much talked about statue of the dancing girl is seen during the end when Mohenjo Daro drowns but the people are safe thanks to this weird Indian version of the partition of red sea moment.
The chemistry between Hrithik and Pooja is cold. It threatens to become interesting but never quite achieves the task.
Hrithik is watchable and the scale is laudable but rest is a boring circus that equally disappoints in its CGI, the longer it ran, the longer my demand to be out of this misery increased.
Of the other cast, Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh are fine. Nitish Bhardwaj makes a comeback. Debutant Pooja Hegde is pretty and that's it. Like the film A. R. Rahman is also a waste of available opportunity.
After BAAHUBALI, we all asked why did Kattapa killed BAAHUBALI? It won't be a surprise if the world starts asking who survived after watching MOHENJO DARO?
Watch it at your own risk.