This political adaptation of Mahabharata turned out to be a rehashed version of Godfather & both the Sarkars. It works perfectly well till the interval point with enough twist and turns and lots of Drama which had gone missing from Hindi cinema for awhile now but post interval the screenplay goes haywire trying hard to manage all the sub plots & layers. In fact towards the end the film looked like an underworld flick & ended like a revenge drama. What works for the film are some key performances. The surprise performance of the film was Arjun Rampals. It seems the national award has boosted his confidence & it shows. It is by far his best performance. The other actor who stands out amongst everyone is Manoj Bajpayee. It is a treat to watch him. His performance is magnetic. Nana Patekar underplays his role perfectly. Ajay Devgn is completely wasted. Katrina Kaif has almost nothing to do in the film. She is like a glorified extra. All that talks about preparing for the role was bull shit. She only gets to perform in the last few minutes and there also she shows how bad an actor she is. A film like this needed some really hard hitting dialogues something you take home. It could have also done away with some of the subplots. Even with so many characters and so much happening the screenplay doesnt do anything to your heart. You are as passive to the characters as you are to the real politicians in our country. In fact certain characters and situation are un intentionally funny like towards the end Ajay Devgn in a funny looking wig.
Final few words: its flawed but its engaging. At least it is trying to tell a story. Now, when was the last time you saw a good story on screen?
Rating: ** (above average)
Ticket Meter: Rs. 180/- (worth it)