Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Writer: Ashutosh Gowariker (story and screenplay), Preeti Mamgain (dialogue)
Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh
Runtime: 2h 35min
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Released: 12 Aug 2016
Storyline: In 2016 BC Sarman is a farmer in Amri and wants to trade in Mohenjo Daro to.Durjan,Sarman ‘s uncle protests against it but cant stop Sarman going Mohenjo Daro, Durjan tells him to be careful as the city is harsh and selfish.Sarman reaches Mohenjo Daro and feels that somehow the place is connected to him,The city is ruled by evil Maham and his son Moonja,Sarman saves Chaani from being stamped by horses and they both start liking each other,but Chaani is about to marry Moonja on their wedding day a major fight happens between Sarman and Moonja,Maham challenges Sarman to take up a fight against Bakar-Zokhar,Sarman proposes Maham that if he wins Chaani should be his will Sarman win Chaani and what is Sarman ‘s connection with Mohenjo Daro.
Sarman always has a dream of a unicorn and has a desire to go to mohenjo Daro. So after reaching mohenjo Daro for trade as an Indigo farmer he feels injustice caused by Maham and his son moonja against the people. He protest against them and fights to free his love chaani, among all he also discovers his bond from the land.
Review: Expectedly epic though disappointingly weak in production numbers (there are only two major dance sequences), the film re-teams director Ashutosh Gowariker, composer A.R. Rahman and Roshan for the first time since “Jodhaa Akbar,” a better film by far.
Unquestionably, there’s plenty of enjoyment to be had, and the film, reportedly costing around $17 million, has earned a respectable if not outstanding $6 million on its Aug. 12 opening weekend at home, bolstered by an impressive three-day haul of nearly $750,000 in the States. With this star-director-composer combo, it was bound to succeed, yet the prosaic script feels far too derivative, and only the impressive rain-lashed finale succeeds in delivering that tingly thrill one expects from historical action epics.
Gowariker, still best known internationally for his Oscar-nominated “Lagaan,” is a clever man, and he certainly meant for audiences to chuckle at the opening, when characters are purportedly speaking ancient Sindhi before magically morphing into modern Hindi. In the first production number, “Mohenjo Mohenjo,” when extras, according to subtitles, sing in ancient Dilmun and Bukharan and Sumerian, surely we’re all meant to smile, knowing these extinct languages are impossible to recreate.