Maharashtra Film Company
In one line Tanhaji + Technology = First Class
Note – I watched this film in Marathi and there are hardly any loopholes from a dubbed film perspective (I did doubt the dubbing after watching the trailer)
Coming down to the film review on a historical figure Subedhar (General) Tanhaji Malsure on whom you would find very little written material in texts. The film is about how Tanhaji (Ajay Devgan) reclaimed the fort of Kondhana (Sinhagad) from Udaybhan Singh Rathod (Saif Ali Khan). The opening fight sequence introducing Subhedhar Tanhaji is very well choreographed and thus sets the tone plus pace of the film. Even the Antagonist Udaybhan is introduced in a manner which takes the narrative ahead.
Sharad Kelkar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
The background of the film is well set where Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Sharad Kelkar) wants to complete his dream of Swaraj while Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (Luke Kenny) wants to conquer Hindustan. Aurangzeb hands the responsibility of conquering Kondhana to Udaybhan so that they can declare it as capital to keep control on Southern part of India. Tanhaji takes responsibility on his shoulders to stop Udaybhan but fails in doing so initially. Udaybhan conquers the fort setting an aim for Tanhaji to reclaim the same.
Ajay Devgun as Tanhaji
The story appears to be simple which is elevated by beautifully capturing the guerilla warfare techniques of Maratha’s. The credit goes to director of this film Om Raut for taking us back into the 17th century and making us believe the same through effective use of technology. The special effects a.k.a vfx are positive side of this film along with the beautifully designed background score which keeps the mood. The climax of the film is well designed and has worked out in various aspects. There are some cinematic liberties in reference to historical texts but then for narrative structure they were important. Last but not the least every actor has worked well including Kajol (as Savitri) who has played her small part at par.
Do watch this film this weekend as it has every other element of a entertaining film. And do watch it in Marathi.