From Lagaan to Swades to Jodha Akbar and now Mohenjo Daro.
I will go ahead and let you know I have no prior knowledge of Mohenjo Daro historically, and stepped into the movie like any other film. Going with the purpose that this is a fictional story inspired by historical events, the film surely kept me at the edge of my seat and the music was mesmerizing to the ear.
Director Ashutosh Gowarikar has a knack for selecting a great cast, and forming them into characters. There wasn’t a moment I felt like I was watching Hrithik Roshan, but instead I felt I was really watching Sarman reconnect with his childhood and save Mohnejo Daro. This goes with all the other actors like Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh and more. These four actors specifically though stood out the most and truly matched their characters.
The films cinematography and visual effects were extremely impactful. I definitely felt while watching I was taken into the era of Mohenjo Daro and the help of AR Rahman’s music and background scoring definitely helped create that ambiance. I couldn’t stop staring at Pooja Hegde’s wardrobe and head-pieces, props to her costume designer!
What was disappointing though was the story, I felt like I was taken in the world of Lagaan and Swades combined. The only difference was the costumes, sets, and actors of course.
I wouldn’t say not to see Mohenjo Daro on digital big-screen. It was definitely experience I wouldn’t have enjoyed at home. I am glad that I have had the chance to witness all of Ashutosh’s best films on the big screen, but this one was not his best compared to Lagaan, Swades and Jodha Akbar.
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Check out my favorite track of the film!