Bollywood and culture in an emerging India
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”.