Movie Review by Rishi Kapoor
Year 2020 begins with a high , the 100th film of Ajay Devgn hits the ball out of the park. Om Raut makes his directorial debut in Bollywood with a brilliantly written ,edited and well shot movie which has a stellar cast that has done justice to the characters they depicted on screen.
The premise is set in the 17th century and traces the life of Tanhaji Malusare (Ajay Devgn), the military leader of Shivaji Maharaj (Sharad Kelkar) , founder of the Maratha Empire. It focuses on the famous Battle of Kondana (now Sinhagad) which saw Tanhaji take on Uday Bhan (Saif Ali Khan), a Rajput who fought for Aurangzeb (Luke Kenny) against the Marathas.
The Movie is made on a grand scale with stunning visuals and the excessive use of CGI (Computer Generated Images) is evident but it seamlessly blends in the narrative that you don’t find it awkward. The action sequences are well choreographed by action director Ramazan Bulut. Even the rousing background score by Sandeep Shirodkar is the film’s strength and amps up the mood during war scenes.
Full marks to Om for making this film believable by getting the best out of each characters. Ajay is good with his intense looks and acting. Complimenting him from real to reel is Kajol as she plays his onscreen wife Savitribai who impresses in the limited screen time she gets. She remains Tanhaji’s silent support and his pillar of strength. Saif plays his role with a flair and is overpowering; he brings out the fierce and brutal streak with finesse and a tinge of humour. This definitely is Saif’s most outstanding performance. Kelkar plays his part well as warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and with his voice and gestures, adds gravitas to the story.
Overall Tanhaji is a visual treat backed by strong performances.