Comments on: Raajneeti: An epic nicely retold http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2010/06/05/raajneeti-an-epic-nicely-retold/ Bollywood and culture in an emerging India Tue, 08 Jul 2014 03:39:46 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: ananth2010 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/2010/06/05/raajneeti-an-epic-nicely-retold/comment-page-1/#comment-2987 Sun, 13 Jun 2010 18:34:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/indiamasala/?p=1212#comment-2987 For starters, real Indian politics — whether it is borrowed Godfather or reworked Mahabharata — is unending excitement. There are no full stops there. Rajneeti, coming from Prakash Jha, was a huge let down. For starters, the film was atleast 40 minutes too long. It starts with promise only to steadily descend into killing all around. If violence and pre-meditated murders can be trivial, one gets to watch that in Rajneeti.

The acting has been consistently good and one can see Ranbir Kapoor on his way to lasting stardom. Beyond that it is hard to appreciate. The art direction falls badly for a film where more research would not have been that difficult. The “parents” of the character played by Ajay Devgan pull out the cloth in which the baby was found wrapped without even having to search for it; and it looks a day rather than 30 years!

The film signs off in the same fashion, the youngster who has schemed and murdered with impunity simply blames the demons of politics, dusts himself and walks away!

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