The mind is numb yet and the posterior is still aching. The mistake has been committed—that is to review this film. Sitting through Ashutsoh Gowariker’s magnum opus Mohenjo Daro is a pain that can’t be relived even after popping a couple of Saradon. The story is predictable, the screenplay is flat and the performances are so LOUD that you start wondering if the endeavour was an attempt to reinvent the art of hamming. What stands out though are the props (Or Pooja Hegde) which definitely are pleasant on the eye. The houses are perfectly chiseled to assume square shapes. The cardboard sticks out and the poster color smeared on the palaces peel off (Oh that happened in Gowariker’s another ambitious endevour Jodha Akbar too). The movie is so predictable (and boring) that a certain KRK is going to have a field’s day, for sure, with this one! ALSO READ: Akshay Kumar’s Rustom or Hrithik Roshan’s Mohenjo Daro: Which movie will be an interesting watch? Also Read - Hrithik Roshan’s Mother Pinkie Roshan Tests Positive For COVID-19, Hoping Next Test Comes Out Negative
Gowariker borrows heavily from Agneepath (the new one) and Krrish. Hrithik tries to pour intensity (and lots of sweat) but his a la perpetually-constipating expressions, every time he stabs an enemy, makes you wonder if he is the angsty Vijay Dinananth Chauhan revisited. And the antics he unleashes can put his alter ego with caper and wings to shame. He is the superhero throughout. The ultimate saviour, who builds bridges (quite literally at that, and the designs so daring that they can make a certain Hafeez Contractor rethink the basics of architecture ) and kisses the to-be-wife of the ruling Prince with equal ease. ALSO READ: Mohenjo Daro: Why our very own Greek God has to be fair and lovely! Also Read - Hrithik Roshan's Mother Pinkie Roshan Demands Truth in Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case, Makes a Viral Post
Gowariker puts meticulous attention to details–only as far as the costumes, cosmetics and kohled eyes are concerned. While watching Pooja Hegde sashaying in off shoulder pristine cotoure makes you go wow, the frame right after is polluted visually with Kabir Bedi placed sauntering in and out of the frame with some unique designs (Kitsch, anyone!). Hrithik doesn’t get an impressive wardrobe but the rampwalk he prefers even during an emergency can give a seasoned Parisian model a run for his money! Also Read - Hrithik Roshan Wants to Learn Assam Doctor's Steps Who Danced to Ghungroo in Front of COVID-19 Patients
Pooja Hegde delivers and how: the pouts, the forced anxiety bouts and everything in between is impressive. She is at ease and looks charming. And gets not more than a couple of sequences and four lines to mouth. Arunoday Singh and Kabir Bedi ham to the limit, and even beyond, even as Hrithik makes an attempt to inject some seriousness into the buffoonery.
The editing is apt, the special effects are praiseworthy and the music is very average. You end up humming Tu Hai Track invariably more because it has been hammered into our brains the media than for its melody!
PS: This piece doesn’t warrant narrating the plot for finding it is as difficult as excavating the ancient civilization itself. All we can say is that here comes the superhero who must take a shot at redemption and redeem the lost glory of his land. The only hurdle is: the politics, the floods, the gold diggers and the meandering rivers !
OUR RATING: 2/5