Starring: Hrithik Roshan (Sarman), Pooja Hegde (Chaani), Kabir Bedi (Maham), Arunoday Singh (Moonja), Suhasini Mulay (Laashi), Nitish Bharadwaj (Durjan), Sharad Kelkar (Surjan), Manish Choudhary (Pujari)
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Music: AR. Rahman
Cinematography: C. K. Muraleedharan
In a time which has seen historical classics like Jodha Akbar, Baajirao Mastaani, Lagaan, The Legend Of Bhagat Singh director and producer, Ashutosh Gowariker brings to us another grand attempt to recreate the aura of Mohenjodaro, one of the first cities civilization has seen. After the master class Jodha Akbar back in 2008, Gowariker seemed to strike back at the box office with another historical classic teaming up with his Akbar, Hrithik Roshan and musical masterclass AR Rahman.
To be honest, Mohenjodaro starts with a massive adrenaline outburst showing the six feet Bollywood hunk fight off a mighty croc, but soon after that, the script, the energy, the Gowariker magic all fade away too soon. The first half shows a nostalgic and impulsive Hrithik Roshan with an irresistible urge to go to the town of Mohenjodaro. Once the main guy lands to his dream town he is forced to adjust to the culture and ugly practices of the town, which he chooses not to accept. As soon as the main guy has had enough with the town and decides to leave he encounters the beauty pageant Pooja Hegde and falls for her faster than a pack of cards. This is followed by a bunch of unbearable songs and the director gradually revealing the other ingredients of this spice less meal.
Despite all its pain points, Hrithik Roshan, Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh are the highlights in the actors, with the lead man taking a major portion of the cake. Pooja Hegde, looks loose and confused oscillating between a limited set of expressions but manages to pull out a performance that is at least better than the spine less and wayward script. Music from AR Rahman is an apology and too insignificant to be even discussed.
At the half way mark, you are bored to death, but the urge to see a better second half is what may make you still want to sit through the second half. The second half is short, brisk, more of action and surprisingly entertaining. All of a sudden we see the transformation of Hrithik the lover boy to the leader and action hero we all love. Other than Hrithik Roshan, Mohenjodaro shows off some amazing shots and a laudable attempt behind the camera.
To sum up, it has not only been a difficult task watching the 150 minute disaster but also writing a review of it. Mohenjodaro should be your choice, only if you are a Hrithik fan and not for any other reason. It is a lost war, which does win a couple of small battles.
My Rating: 2.0/5