Cast:Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh
rating : 2/5
Mohenjo Daro is everything that a genuine period saga should not be. The director, who is also the film’s writer, cannot think beyond trite romance and violent revenge in what is otherwise merely a story of a noble rebel confronting a cruel chieftain.
Mohenjo Daro is an unabashedly garish reimagining of a prehistoric period about which little is still known with finality, a fact that the film acknowledges via a pre-credits disclaimer.
So the film takes it upon itself to visualize what the Indus Valley might have been like. In doing so, it conjures up a world that is hazy as it is wildly contrived.
Many theories have been propounded by historians to explain what might have hastened the end of the Indus Valley civilization. Whatever the reason for its being wiped out, it definitely wouldn’t have survived this film.
Mohenjo Daro is an ossified spectacle derailed by tacky CGI, a trite narrative crux and patchy acting.
Set in 2016 BC, the film hinges on a formulaic plot about a brave young man who takes on the might of a tyrant to save a subjugated people and rescue a damsel in distress.
Mohenjo Daro alludes to issues that are relevant in contemporary times. A despotic ruler who peddles false dreams of development, an agrarian crisis, high taxation, corrupt trade deals, greed for gold, and a dam built to divert a river trigger a bloody confrontation between the oppressor and the rightful inheritor of the throne.
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