Review timela Rajneethi

To me, the greatest story ever told would always be MAHABHARATH. Infact it should be made the Beginners guide for screenplay writing. Astonishing number of characters..each one defined with amazing clarity and holding their space amidst the bigwigs. You can single out any character, its bound to have a background and a story.I cant believe that the entire story could've been written by a single author. And no wonder the script "writer" is the Lord himself. Karan, Arjun, Krishna, Duriyodhan, Bheem, Bheeshmar...WOW...What an array of characters..with each one outshining the other in some aspects.

Definitely RAJNEETHI is not the first attempt to picturise this epic in celluloid. But of all the attempts ever made, including the direct version, this one is surely right on top when it comes to adaptation. Kudos to the screenplay writer.If there is any award for best adapted screenplay, this year's should definitely go to that guy. And if there is an award for best Casting director it should undoubtably go to this movie again. Firebrand Nana Patekar (Bheeshma), my fav Ajay Devagan(Karna), Mercurial Manoj Bajpai(Duriyodhan), Rockstar Arjun Rampal(Yudishtir), Lucky mascot Katrina kaif(loosely based on Draupadi), latest chocolate boy Ranbir kapoor (Arjun) and throw in the ever dependable Naseeruddin shah..you got a crew, people would give their arm and leg to watch out for.

As i was watching the movie, i couldnt help but think about another movie made on the other epic, which openly proclaims itself..rather..bellow over the top..that its the modern version of Ramayan..with even the title carrying the name of one of the lead characters "Raavan". Not that Mani has become a bad director overnight with Raavan and not that its that worse to be cribbed over two posts. But Rajneethi is heads and shoulders over Raavan when it comes to narration, cast and performance.
The only part which could've been modified in the movie is the ending. Had Ranbir also been killed..it would've made poetic justice and made the story more complete. Well..Prakash Jha (director) thinks differently, sparing Arjun and Bheeshma alone, with Draupadi taking the throne. If first half is engrossing..second half is rivetting..with shades of Godfather thrown in.

With such a big star cast and the story being based on the longest poem ever written, its very difficult to give adequate screen space to all the characters. I should say, the director has done a wonderful jugglery with screenplay here, without deviating much from the epic, he picks the portions which will suit to current scenario..cutting short on melodrama too. Infact, there is no hero in the movie. Every single character has negative shades and even Yudishtir (Rampal) character is also not spared. Saying all this..the movie belongs Ranbir. Like Surya, this is one guy, who seems to have the midas touch to pick the best scripts. He has a meaty role in the movie, which requires him to look wooden and not much of emotion. But again, this is not a english movie and even in scenes where he needs to emote, he underplays and irritates in some places. But overall a commedable performance.

I loved the movie from the word GO and it was thrilling to the core. I couldnt help but to think of a similar cast, had the movie been made in tamil. This would be my list:

Surya - Arjun
Vikram - Karan
(a leaner) Prakash Raj - Duriyodhan
Arjun - Yudishtrar
Kamal - Bheeshmar
Draupadiku egapatta choices :D

Yosikkavay evlo supera iruku!!! Any takers?!!

Comments

G3 said…
First !!

Ennaiyum kuhanaiyum vittutu poi paathutteengala :((( Irunga i the complain to kuhan :(((
Anonymous said…
Dude, do you remember a movie by name 'Thalapathy' ???
tamil star casta!!!!! padatha pathoma review pottoma nu illa yen baas indha kola veri??? :)
ambulisamma said…
Ramesh produce panni,neenga direct panna poreengala,all the best.
gils said…
elo..ithu dvdla paathen..got it with me..paakrachay tharen..

@anony:

avvvvvvv..en bloglaye anonya!!! eki...btw..thalapathi just focused on karna character alone..so athelaam sellathu :) and moreover rajinikaga duriyanai potu thalli karnana herovaakina pavam mania summa vidathu ;)
gils said…
@kedi:

:) ellam aasai thaan...wud luv to see this movie made in tamil..now THAT would be a BLOCKBUSTER for sure :)

@ambulimaama:

avvvvvvvvvvv.....naan poster otrathuku venumna assistanta polaam...direct panrathulaam twothousand much
Vidya said…
I love this layout! It is very inviting!
Ramesh said…
Thalaivare, Blog mannare, Puratchi/Nadigar/Rasikar/Thilagame,
Manbumigu gils avargale - Oru request saar.Konchum movie reviewkku holiday kudunga saar. Ungalodu arputhamana Shtyle lla vera topicsum cover pannunaga saar......
Aaarti said…
1.Nice to see u the using template designer!! :D

2.yep, awesomemovie indeed.. rhomba pidichudu... the way its taken, how it all unfolds.. however, i did wonder if that Firang chic was required..thevaiya?

Wonder why they dont make such movies in namma tamil...

DVDa.. ahaaa!!nice.. naan oru firendoda egala pathein... umm,adichudatheenga, but i did like Raavanan.. :D
lostworld said…
Me no like the tamil cast. Original is always the best!
RS said…
Baas, you the like Mahabharath???Hi-fi!! If possible, read the book, "Palace of Illusions", based on Draupadi's view of the epic. awesome read!!
Anonymous said…
//I love this layout! It is very inviting!//

dankies :)

//Oru request saar.Konchum movie reviewkku holiday kudunga saar. Ungalodu arputhamana Shtyle lla vera topicsum cover pannunaga saar......
//

thalaivaray..adutha postum review thaan :D mich topic neria pipelinela irunthalum yosichu post poda no time :(
gils said…
@rt:

:) kewl...ravanan u likeda!!! sutham.

@lostworld:

such a casting is practically impossible in tamil cinema..chaancela!!!
gils said…
//Baas, you the like Mahabharath???Hi-fi!! If possible, read the book, "Palace of Illusions", based on Draupadi's view of the epic. awesome read!!//

titlay sooobera irukay :) wl give it a try..
Deepa said…
Firstly, its a very refreshing background! :) Good work.

Secondly, absolutely right about the plot. But you missed out 'The Godfather'. The story has a very brilliant blend of both the stories. Both the epics (Mahabharata & The Godfather) are brilliant in itself but entwining both in a story and doing a good job of it, is indeed creative.
Deepa said…
Btw! Whats with the extra 'H' in the title? Or is it the prospective Tamil version of 'Rajneeti'? :P
Anonymous said…
hey deeps..back after long time :)

//But you missed out 'The Godfather'. The story has a very brilliant blend of both the stories//

madamoiselle...i shd appreciate your patience for reading thru this:D but i did mention abt the godfather part in the post :)

//second half is rivetting..with shades of Godfather thrown in.
//
Anonymous said…
//Btw! Whats with the extra 'H' in the title? Or is it the prospective Tamil version of 'Rajneeti'? :P/

LOL :D yeah..i've started the tamil dubbing version for the movie from the name itself :D
RamMmm said…
Ramayana reworkukku kallu erinjeenga, Mahabharathathththukku oru bouquet kudukkureenga. Ennay oru perunthanmai. Vaazhga. :-) :-)
Anonymous said…
nalalrukaratha nallaurku sonna thappayyaaa!! :D :D

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