India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Raajneeti: An epic nicely retold


BOLLYWOOD/First things first, “Raajneeti” is not about the first family in Indian politics even though some characters might resemble familiar cardboard cutouts.

So don’t go expecting some dope on a reality which is much stranger than fiction.

This film is a costume drama with white kurtas and cotton saris replacing wooden swords and bling bling battle dresses.

It is a re-telling of the Mahabharata restating it in a not-so-modern but certainly contemporary politics — somewhat like Shashi Tharoor’s “The Great Indian Novel”.