Eklavya Movie Review
The wait is finally over. Eklavya releases in theatres today .The movie has generated a lot of hype . Vidhu Vinod Chopra returns to don the mantle of a director after a long hiatus (seven years). Vidhu Vinod Chopra goes onto say that this is the Big B’s finest performance to date and gift’s him a Rolls Royce as a token of appreciation . The movie also has a plethora of stars that include Vidhya Balan,Sanjay Dutt ,Saif Ali Khan,etc. So does the movie stand true to its expectations or is it just high on hype and low on content ? Read on to know…
What’s it about
The movie is set up in a village in Rajasthan . The Royal Palace at Devigarh , is prominent even after years of Independence and the Maharajas still consider themselves to be the rulers of the land and Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan) has been their protector for ages . Harshwardhan (Saif Ali Khan ) returns to the palace after the death of his mother (Sharmila Tagore) . He is totally unaware of the secrets that are going to surface out from his mother’s grave . Secrets that his mother and Eklavya have guarded since his birth. Secrets that are responsible for his mother’s death . Secrets that will haunt him forever and will question his very existence . The movie covers all the emotions of a human being —- deceit , love , haughtiness, revenge ,helplessness , forgiveness in those 110 minutes of it’s running time .
Have I made the story sound boring ?? I’m sorry if I have. But my failure to express the story in detail is not my incompetency with the language . It is just that ,if I do reveal anything more it will just rob you people of the drama that is going to unfold on the big screen . From start to finish Eklavya is a master piece and its craftsman Vidhu Vinod Chopra deserves a pat on his back . The story is one of the few novel creations that we do get to witness on the Bollywood arena . From the start itself the movie draws the viewers attention and grips him in its tentacles for those two odd hours .
Boman Irani proves his versatility as an actor for the nth time now . His scenes with Jackie Shroff where he reveals his helplessness and anger towards Eklavya is superb . Jackie Shroff shows why he is a Vidhu Vinod Chopra favorite by rising up from his otherwise mediocre performances .Jimmy Shergil shows that he too can act,it just requires a great director to handle him . Vidhya Balan has a small role and she is just meant to look pretty . And she essays that part comfortably .She looks like a dream whenever she appears on the screen. Saif Ali Khan does not get much scope but he does give a sincere performance nonetheless . The climax between him and Amitabh Bachchan reveals the mountains that he has climbed as an actor . Sanjay Dutt’s character is created for the comic relief and his entry in the film and the subsequent squabble with Boman Irani is sure to have the front benchers applause.
Amitabh Bachchan ,the star of the film , delivers yet another scintillating performance .It would be wrong to say that it was his best performance to date .I think Mr. Vidhu Vinod Chopra has not had the opportunity to witness Agneepath , Deewar which are way above this performance . But nonetheless this performance by the Big B will always be remembered . Amitabh Bachchan exudes emotions through his eyes like no character has ever done on the silver screen . Through those small eyes embellished on a wrinkled face he expresses himself beautifully. Be it the climax or the the scene where he shows his adroitness in swordmanship ,he gives a fantastic performance throughout .
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s direction is wonderful and his execution of some of the scenes is praiseworthy. To hold the audiences attention for 2 whole minutes with a blank screen is a feat indeed . And the director accomplishes this feat .
Technically Eklavya is one of Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s finest film to date . The cinematography (S. Natarajan Subramaniam) accompanied by great sets (Nitin Desai) leaves you awe-struck . The actions scenes(Tinu Verma) are wonderfully executed and are accompanied by a fantastic back-ground score .Special mention must be given to the dialogues which are totally in sync with the script and the actors attributes
Yes Eklavya does have its share of minuses . The romantic track between Saif and Vidhya Balan is not well sketched . The story also may not be accepted by the X-generation due to the mythological feel to it .The core message of the film, which is about challenging the traditional thinking seems out of place , as most of us do already challenge traditional thoughts . You do not need a film to tell us that !!!
Final Verdict— A technical master-piece ,with a good story line is hard to find these days . If you want catch something different from those mushy romantic sagas and mindless comedies then buy a ticket for Eklavya .You will not be disappointed .
P.S.— Do bother to reach the theatre on time or else you will miss the trailer of Munna Bhai Chale Amerika and Talisman , Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s future productions.
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