Director: Ashutosh Gowarikar
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh
Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) who is an indigo farmer in Amri wants to go to Mohenj Daro. But His Aunt and Uncle prevent from doing that due to some specific reasons. Finally, they allow him to go to that City. When Sarman enters in Mohenjo Daro, he feels that he is connected with that city. He falls in love with Chani (Pooja Hegde), the daughter of the priest. Maham (Kabir Bedi) and his son Moonja (Arunoday Singh) rule over the city. Moonja wants to marry Chani. Maham and his son rule cruelly over the city. Sarman saves city’s people from them as well as wins back Chani’s love. What is his past connection with Mohenjo Daro? How does he save the city? Who is Chani? To know answers, you have to watch Mohenjo Daro!
Critic’s conclusion- This fictional story happens in the era of Indus Valley Civilization. There are not exact resources or information about that era. Though it was a challenge for Ashutosh Gowarikar to show that prehistorical era in the movie. But He has managed to become successful in this challenge. We should appreciate his team’s hard work in setting up that era on the big scale. The scale is grand and massive.
But sadly, the director could represent the unique story which could fit the era. He shows the cliché Bollywood story of “Good wins over evil” or typical revenge drama in this movie. The first half is slow. Thought the first half shows some pieces of Indus Valley Civilization such as Mohenjo Darao’s social as well as economic life, business in that city, the Indus River, costumes, jewelry, language etc. The director has tried to show the details of Mohenjo Daro in the first half. Unfortunately, the second half doesn’t show any glimpse of that civilization, as it shows the routine revenge drama. Also, the script is very weak.
The visual effects are looking fake. Especially, the fake crocodile has shown in the crocodile fight. The love story between Sarman-Chani doesn’t look impressive. What’s more, the scenes between Sarman and Maham are looking boring. The longest, as well as the disappointed climax, is another flaw in the movie.
Talking about performances, Hrithik Roshan has done the splendid job as Sarman. His dancing and action skills are amazing. Pooja Hegde looks beautiful but lacks in acting. Kabir Bedi uses his voice perfectly in his role. Arunoday Singh is decent. The rest of the cast helps to carry the movie forward. This time, A.R.Rahman has disappointed us with his music in the movie. Only “Tu Hain” is a hummable song. The background music is loud somewhere. The art direction seems while. The editing should be tight. The cinematography is average.
In short, the movie neither gives justice to the history of Indus valley civilization nor shows any
uniqueness in the story. It is a one-time watch movie!