Movie review : Raajneeti 2010

Raajneeti was a neat and decent movie, one more from Prakash Jha. I dint feel it was fantastic, definitely not a masterpiece as most of blogosphere felt. It wasn’t bad either, considering most of the Bollywood movies of this genre are disasters. I would rate this 6.5 out of 10 overall. Movie is well presented keeping story fast moving, the only reason why audience managed to sit back for three hours. I still feel they could have cut down the length without harming the gist of the movie.

I am a big fan of Ranbir Kapoor, for the fact that he always puts his best. He has beautifully managed his big character in this big movie. I can’t think of any other actor in business who could fit to this role of being young blood and smart. Katrina Kaif is not made for this but I could tolerate her anyway, no harm done. Nana Patekar, Ajay Devgan and Naseeruddin Shah were okay, but Manoj Bajpai and Arjun Rampal lost their pitch couple of times. There were definitely scopes of improvement in both acting and direction departments.[tweetmeme]

Movie is made for Indian’s with orthodox Indian masala genre. Good to see this presentation after a long time, since most current day Bollywood movies are made for NRIs with customised ‘butter chicken masala’. The language was good, classic Hindi(with some flaws). Something you can recall from the days of Doordarshan TV serials Chanakya, etc. presentation of thousands of supporters campaigning in open fields of a political arena was fantastic.  Producers did not hold their selves from spending a single rupee.

***Spoiler alert***

Thumbs up for

  • Kabaddi: Cricket wouldn’t have given same punch.
  • Sound effect: The cinema I went to watch had very good sound system especially after effects of car explosion.

Thumbs down for

  • Language:  sometime it became too much classic, sounding as if they are speaking some ancient knowledge. Few Urdu words also crawled in, which sounded odd.
  • Mother of the movie (Kunti) changes her political stands from ‘far left’ to ‘far right’. This rarely happens in real life, looked like Karl Marks selling ‘asset based securities’.
  • Sex, violence and pregnancies: Sex can be justified that Bollywood is moving ahead from “kissing flowers”. Violence is Jha’ movie signature, but what’s up with pregnancies? Does it prove Banks of Ganga is most fertile land in whole of India?
  • Fight: all four (Nana, Ranbir, Ajay and Manoj) can aim so well, looked amazingly stupid. Ranbir is supposed to be a PHd student.
  • What happens after epic war is over? Media is up to the neck of every character throughout the movie, but nobody cares after evil is dead?

By this time you already might have read about plot of this movie being inspired by ‘Godfather I’ and Mahabharata. I am attempting to list down the similarities, feel free to add if have missed any.

With Godfather I

  • There are Sonny Corleone (Arjun), and Michael Corleone (Ranbir), Tom Hagen (nana) and a character vaguely similar to veto Corleone.
  • Sonny’s character is of an established goon from the beginning, but Michael’s character (initially reluctant) gets dragged into Mafia after deaths of Vito and Sonny’s death.
  • Tom’s character masterminds most of the criminal activities, including one death on mate of Babulal. It was a horse in Godfather.
  • Assassination of Sonny, retaliation by Michael.

With Mahabharata,

  • The summary of movie: Dispute between cousins (for power) lead to ugly war, where state and royal family getting split between themselves. Survival of the smartest.
  • Notable incidents: Karna’s (Ajay) illegitimate birth to Kunti, who is mother for Pandavas (Arjun, Ranbir). Dalit family adopting Karna after retrieving from river Ganga, Kunti approaching Karna on behalf of Pandava’s (without Pandava knowledge). Karna rejecting this offer quoting friendship with Kauravas, constant support from Krishna to Arjuna including one minute Bhagavad-Gita on final stages of war, bullet proof car being symbolic to Kavach.
  • Characteristics of characters:  Arjuna’s ability to win (hearts of) women, sharing Draupadi with brothers (singular here) on Kunti’s approval, Krishna’s cunningness, Karna’s friendship, Duryodhan’s rage, bedridden Dhrutarastra.

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11 thoughts on “Movie review : Raajneeti 2010

  1. Then again nice review.. i did forget to mention godfather. But according to me Manoj did way better acting than Ranbir, who u may be a fan of, as i found him to be very one faced and man the phd student act … it didn’t cut ice, a cop or con would be more believable the way he handled a gun.

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    1. I know, it was a flaw.
      It is a inherited masala, from 80s. Remember? our guy could be a doctor, lawyer or a business man, but he will fight like Jackie chan 🙂

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      1. Untrue …just kidding 🙂 do u know the stunts the south heros pull off? they are virtual gods
        Eg balya and countless others including the god hero Rajni.. didnt u post about his greatness?

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        1. I know I have seen them, I feel I am just peck of dust in front of their greatness. 🙂
          try this .. “Rajani is only person counted till infinity .. twice” 🙂

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  2. Superb review Bach…liked it fully & yes I do find lots of similarities with Mahabharat here. Good that you mentioned what I thought as well 🙂

    Ranbir & Manoj were very good but was expecting much more action from AD & Nana. they found little less scope, I guess.

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  3. It was long and boring movie. Though it was all about politics, it didnt cover the subject it was made for. Over all Rajneeti was good and was longer than most of the movies these days. Katrina potrayed the character of Sonia Gandhi though it was not officially declared.

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