People had been desperately waiting for the clash of two titans at box office this week as Akshay’s Rustom and Hrithik’s Mohenjo Daro take on. The wait is finally over, both the most awaited movies Mohenjo Daro and Rustom have released on Friday at your nearest cinema halls.
Big names of Bollywood promoting the two movies in advance makes it a head-to-head fight at the box office undoubtedly.
Here is your dose of review for both Rustom and Mohenjo Daro from a variety of perspectives:
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Directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, the murder mystery will leave the audience with some nail-biting and edge-of-the-seat moments. The chemistry between Akshay and Ileana, the exotic locales and the brilliant performance by Akshay are the major highlights of the film. Ileana too has impressed the audience with her fine performance, say the critics.
The first half of the movie rides high on setting the plot right without including any kind of melodrama which we normally witness in Bollywood movies and follows an unadulterated storytelling with sharp editing. It tries to paint the 50s-60s era but fails miserably in doing so due to bad CGI. However, writer Vipul K Rawal, an ex navy officer, has made use of objects like naval ships, vintage cars to give authenticity to the film. The movie scales high after the interval giving many twists and turns during the court proceedings.
Akshay Kumar as a navy officer plays his part with conviction and keeps you glued to your seats.
If advance ticket sales, the first reviews, social media reactions and the B.O. track records of Akshay Kumar and Hrithik Roshan are reliable indicators, Rustom will post a bigger opening in India than Mohenjo Daro - but it could be a close race.
econd-time director Tinu Suresh Desai’s Rustom, which stars Kumar as a Navy Commander who is accused of killing his wife’s lover in the thriller inspired by real life events of the 1950s, launched on August 12 on 2,317 screens in India and 550-plus overseas.
Though part of the story is based on fact, it’s the relationship drama that actually makes this a thriller. It’s a juicy retro story given more panache with a voiceover by Manoj Bajpayee, who introduces us to Mumbai’s Queen’s Necklace in sepia.
Akshay Kumar is playing to the gallery here. But, he gives a fine touch to Rustom Pavri. More on the lines of Special 26 than Airlift or Baby, Kumar tones it down to suit the character. Sharp, deceptive and likeable. Most of the scenes are planned around him at the helm, and it’s a wise move, for he knows how to keep the tempo.
For Akshay Kumar fans, Rustom is bound to be a full-on treat. The courtroom drama is scripted, crafted and geared to give the lead actor all the space that he needs in order to own the project. The star of the show proves equal to the task. Unfortunately, Rustom, which fictionalizes the sensational true story of naval officer Kawas Manekshaw Nanavati, comes nowhere near becoming an irresistible cinematic account of a murder trial.
Film- Review on Mohenjo daro
Gowariker makes Mohenjo Daro appear like what a city like Mumbai or Delhi would look like to someone coming from a village for the first time. The film might definitely not be Ashutosh’s best, but you have to give him credit for stimulating the imagination.
The only two reasons you might want to watch the film post intermission is to get some humour out of history or to drool over the Greek god like looks of Hrithik Roshan.
Mohenjo Daro has the advantages of a far bigger budget and being released on more screens but there are no precedents for assessing its commercial prospects because the setting in ancient India is unique.
Arunoday Singh and Kabir Bedi bring intrigue to the film. However, the language that Gowarikar has decided to pass off as the language of the ancient city sounds like someone is making fun of Hindi.
Mohenjo Daro focuses less on the historical facts and more on the philosophy of life.
Mohenjo Daro is a fantasy that has nothing fresh to offer. It banks on the same old brew of love, jealousy and violence, served up in an over-ambitious package that never assumes convincing proportions.
Well, this film is called Mohenjo Daro and it is really deadening. It's a pile of stale tropes that is unlikely to help us understand India's prehistory any better than we do now.
Mohenjo Daro is stuck in the past and not just in terms of its substance. What the film clearly says is that both director Gowariker and Hrithik need to move on and reinvent themselves.