Mohenjo Daro | Movie Review 14 Aug 2016   1001


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Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh, Suhasini Mulay, Nitish Bharadwaj, Sharad Kelkar
Directed by: Ashutosh Gowarikar
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 35 minutes

Set in 2016 BC, Mohenjo Daro is the story of an indigo farmer Sarman (Hrithik) who goes to the market place in Mohenjo Daro, finds his love and chances upon certain atrocities that he decides to fight against.

Mohenjo Daro is Hrithik Roshan’s second collaboration with his Jodhaa Akbar director Ashutosh Gowariker.

Except for the distorted Hindi and weird headgear, writer-director Ashutosh offers little for the viewer who wants to watch a period drama – a peek into the ancient civilization. Mohenjo Daro looks like a hangover of a bad cocktail – one that mixed Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar.

The chemistry between Hrithik and Pooja is cold. It threatens to become interesting but never quite achieves the task.

Hrithik is watchable and the scale is laudable but rest is a boring circus that equally disappoints in its CGI, the longer it ran, the longer our demand to be out of this misery increased. Of the other cast, Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh are fine. Debutant Pooja Hegde is pretty and that’s it. Like the film A. R. Rahman is also a waste of available opportunity.

On the whole, Watch it if you’re a Hrithik Roshan fan.

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India:

traight away, if you want to enjoy Mohenjo Daro, leave your disbelief by the door for Ashutosh Gowarikar’s newest blast from the past only works as a fairy tale, not nailed in history, but hanging somewhere between Game of Thrones and Baahubali…
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Mid-Day:

If you ask me, there isn’t as much wrong with this film as the fact that you wonder what’s good about it. And why do you feel that? Clearly, because expectation’s the key, and even for a massive event of epic proportions such as this…
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Hindustan Times:

When Mohenjo Daro’s trailer came out, it got historians laughing with extravagant sets and over-the-top sequences. It turns out the movie – which stars Hrithik Roshan and Pooja Hegde – is no better. The film that narrates the story of the Indus Valley civilization…
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DNA:

Attempting a period film is never an easy task. But for some reason, director Ashutosh Gowariker chooses the genre time and again – sometimes hitting the mark and at other times…
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Bollywood Hungama:

In the recent times, filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker has become synonymous with historic films and the surreal sets mounted on the larger than life canvas. Films like JODHAA AKBAR, SWADES, and LAGAAN stand as testimony to the same…
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NDTV Movies:

An epic canvas is the bare minimum that one expects from a big budget period film helmed by the maker of Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar…
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News 18:

Named after one of the largest settlements in the ancient Indus Valley Civilization, Ashutosh Gowariker’s film Mohenjo Daro is an antiquated love story-cum-revenge drama that never rises above its clichés…
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The Indian Express:

If you had to recreate an ancient civilisation, what would you do? If you are Ashutosh Gowariker, and have had lots of experience in excavating the past (Lagaan, Jodhaa Akbar), you would scale it up…
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India Today:

Ashutosh Gowariker cannot, overnight, become a bad filmmaker. This man has given two blockbusters in the last decade – Lagaan and Jodhaa Akbar – both steeped in Indian history and containing Hindi cinema’s most popular narrative devices…
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Rediff:

Early in Ashutosh Gowariker’s Mohenjo Daro, a dumbstruck Hrithik Roshan walks around marvelling at the large titular city.’Yeh sab kaise banaya?’ he asks, wide-eyed and speaking like a slow six-year-old, wondering how they built it all…
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Glamsham:

Starring Hrithik Roshan, Ashutosh Gowariker’s film begins with an aim to be an epic then turns into a fancy dress circus to a love story then turns into a son’s fight for his father’s lost glory (an AGNEEPATH in BC…
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