Movie Review: Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti

Film Review: Raajneeti

Director: Prakash Jha

Actors: Nana Patekar, Manoj Bajpai, Ajay Devgn, Katrina Kaif, Ranbir Kapoor, Arjun Rampal

Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti is a battle epic, fought between two sides who have, at first, the hunger for power, and later, the thirst for revenge. Thrilling from the start, this political drama sucks you in before you can resist its force, and Prakash Jha, with Raajneeti, has attempted a commercial blockbuster while making sure it remains a unique product, a film unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Jha takes from The Mahabharat: An unwed mother parts with her newborn, cousins warring for ultimate power, a maternal uncle who guides, the bad cousin who befriends the bastard son, and reasoning to kill unarmed foes.

The dispute between the two sides causes the party to divide, and so begin the extreme measures taken by both the sides to destroy the opposition and win the election. It’s Arjun Rampal, Ranbir Kapoor and Nana Patekar versus Manoj Bajpai and Ajay Devgn. There are many well-layered subplots, and you don’t mind the heaviness of Raajneeti coming at you so fast; in fact, the wonderfully ruthless editing gives all the scenes an appearance of being highlighted, and you might not realize the film is three hours long.

Prakash Jha shows political rallies in a mind-boggling way. He also extracts super-performances from all. The talented Mr Bajpai gets a role to sink his teeth into and he chomps away, and takes over Raajneeti along with Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor. Arjun Rampal is surprisingly brilliant, and for Ranbir Kapoor it’s yet another seemingly effortless performance. Katrina Kaif acts, too… and eventually enters politics. Raajneeti has a story that gives all the actors space and time to act it out. As for the oldies, Naseerudin Shah puts in a special appearance, and Nana Patekar is the wise maternal uncle who plays politics without raising his voice. Anyway, the movie’s unpredictability is what will keep you hooked, and you might even be sad when you realize it’s about to end.

Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti is a high-voltage political drama that you need to go watch right now.


19 Responses to “Movie Review: Prakash Jha’s Raajneeti”

  1. May 1, 2010 at 16:40

    This is one movie I’m waiting for. Impressive trailer.


  2. 5 Shanu
    June 4, 2010 at 05:27

    Sounds great! I’ll go for this today or tomorrow!


  3. 6 vivek
    June 4, 2010 at 05:32

    Killa. Something to look forward to.


  4. 8 Nisha
    June 4, 2010 at 05:43

    Arjun Rampal + Ranbir Kapoor 😀


  5. 9 blacksheep
    June 4, 2010 at 08:39

    will watch. thanks for the review!


  6. 10 warrel
    June 4, 2010 at 13:10

    i’d skip this as moi hindi sucks 😦


  7. 11 houda
    June 4, 2010 at 13:14

    good movie by prakash jha but naseeruddin shah sucks


  8. June 4, 2010 at 14:50

    This movie was SO AWESOME! I haven’t been so impressed by any movie in ages. Ranbir Kapoor was just mind-blowing 🙂
    Actually, everyone, every single actor, was brilliant. I can’t wait to watch this a second time.


  9. 13 blacksheep
    June 7, 2010 at 07:33

    im sorry. it was fuckall. well not fuckall but maybe i was expecting a miraculous life changing movie but it was just another bollywood movie at best. its a one-time-(long)-watch! maonj bajpai was the best of the lot acting wise. ranbir kapoor looks and behaves like a bastard. is that good acting? maybe. overall its like a madhur bhandarkar movie about politics in some shady gaon type place and even that is done in a too over the top way! disappointing.. hope raavan is better..


  10. June 7, 2010 at 07:41

    “ranbir kapoor looks and behaves like a bastard.”



  11. June 16, 2010 at 14:26

    Jha’s a good film-maker and I loved Gangaajal and Apharan. Still have to watch this…


  12. October 15, 2014 at 11:22

    Strona świadczy o interesujących wydarzeniach, zachęcam do dyskusji


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