Sunday, July 11, 2010

Rajneeti----The game of politics..

Come the morning of the 11th of June I finished off with my classes early and headed off for the movie which I had been eluded off for a long time..Rajneeti..The movie released around a week back and all my friends had already seen it and I was the only unlucky one in the group who was unable to have the pleasure of this movie..I had been down with malaria the week this movie got released and thus I was unable to go.. But I was not one to give up on a movie with such a huge star cast to boast of..Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Katrina Kaif, Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpayee, Ajay Devgn and Naseerudin Shah..This was just a glimpse of the whole star studded cast..Anyone can imagine what the movie offered with this full long awesome cast..The star cast in itself shouted their lungs out for what was at stake in this movie..All my friends had raised laurels of praise for this movie and now I had to (read HAD TO) see this movie..
So I saw the movie..
Don’t go on the rating of this movie..This is a movie that I had seen after a long time which portrayed the stark reality of the dirty side of the Indian politics..This movie, pre-release, had created speculations of it being colligated to the most sovereign Indian political family..The Nehru-Gandhi family..The family which had been the blood stream of the most primeval Indian political party..The Congress..But after I saw the movie I could relate very less with the Congress..This movie was less of Congress and more of politics on the lines of Mahabharata..
This movie portrayed Nana Patekar as Lord Krishna, Ranbir Kapoor as the ace archer Arjun, Arjun Rampal as the eldest and most politically correct Yudhisthir with traits of the very strong Bheem, Ajay Devgn as the most loyal and wronged Karna, Manoj Bajpayee as the evil brother Duryodhan, Darshan Zariwala as the grand old man Bheeshma Pitamah and the two brothers, the fathers of Ranbir-Arjun and Manoj Bajpayee, as Pandu and Dhritarashtra respectively and last but not the least Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor and Ajay Devgn’s mother as Kunti..
This was the only thing that I personally dint like in the movie..The characterisations on the lines of Mahabharata, the epic which is considered so sacred by the Indians all over the world..The things that are shown in the movie are exactly as they were in the epic and thus full points for the screenplay on those lines but but but, we should not forget that we Indians do take our myths and Gods pretty seriously and thus any joke or any kind of disrepute or any sort of defiling or any form of defaming on their part is not taken in that well by us, Indians..But when you have a story as strong as this then do you care about the small mistakes done??
Another thing that I dint like in the movie was the dialogues part..The movie dialogue writer forgot one thing that the dialogues which were applicable in the Mahabharata are really not applicable in the real life of present day..Dialogues such as “Tum mere Jeshtha putra ho” are really not acceptable..These dialogues more than creating the impact caused the audience to burst out in guffaws of laughter spells..All the dialogues especially of the mother of the house, the Kunti of the family, were like the sole comedy provider of the movie..
Before seeing this movie I was of the opinion that the political scenario of our country had become very fair..I was proved so so wrong by this movie that I had to rethink the idea of a fair election..The elections in our country are indeed heading towards being more or less perfect and devoid of horse trading and we are almost on the verge of having perfect fair elections but inside the party???There lies the big question..Inside the political party there is every bit of back biting, back bitching and horse trading..Just to get a party seat from a certain electoral ground these politicians leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of their happiness..
The characters have been very well characterised and played by the actors..The story goes on a specific storyline and the best part is in the direction..The direction is miraculously done by Prakash Jha..Prakash Jha always tells the world by his movies that he is a perfect genius of the political situation in our country..He does his home work terrifically and then gets on with the business of movie making..He earlier showed this by his movies Gangajal and Apaharan and yet again he has showed his prowess in Rajneeti..
Thus once again I would want to state that Rajneeti did what not many of our previous movies had done, put light on the horse trading inside the political party and the back biting and back bitching inside the four walls of the legislative secretariat house or the parliament but it could have done it without tarnishing the image of our sacred epic, The Mahabharata..

Jaishree Ram,


  1. Personally I did not feel anything bad about lifting the story line from the epic or something as tarnishing the image. You are wrong on that part from my perspective. I felt good that the story has the bit of entertainment despite it was potraying the legendries of Mahabharta. On other notes, I second you. Some dialouges were too shudh but that was done to relate it more precisely.

  2. i don't think the movie tarnished the image of the epic. the language - given the belt, was okay, i guess. i do know people from north india (the older generation) who still use shudh hindi.
    i did however think that there was an overkill - the attempt to SHOW the analogy. it was evident. and i, as an audience, am smart enough to realize the analogies (of the characters in the movie with those in the mahabharat), without them having to make it so darned obvious. if the attempt was at making a smart movie, go ahead and keep it smart. don't dumb it down so much that it loses its flavor.