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Mohenjo Daro - Movie Review

Verdict - "A bummer from the bygone era!"

Set in the ancient years of the Indus Valley Civilization, Mohenjo Daro is a fictional story about a small town merchant Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) who visits the city of Mohenjo Daro with which he contrives a strange magical connection in his dreams. Upon his arrival, he instantly falls in love with Chaani (Pooja Hegde) who belongs to a high-class community and continues to strike her attention every time. Finally, after learning about his emotional past which links to his parents, he decides to rebel against the evil leader Maham (Kabir Bedi) and elects to bring the city back to its previous glory. 

On the positive side, the film had a few things to offer especially the impressive background score by A.R. Rahman which blended into the story line superlatively. Also, the production design and the action and dance choreography felt authentic without being over-the-top. But, if we keep up a little attention to the detail, they're many little illustrative errors throughout the film that didn't qualify to the prehistoric culture. Yes, I'm partly referring about the expertly trimmed beards and the trendy hairstyles.

Moreover, my biggest concern about the film was the sluggish traditional storyline. It doesn't delve into anything new and keeps us jaded for the entire runtime. Two hours and thirty-five minutes of nothingness in addition to few lazily written characters made the film uninteresting to watch.

Hrithik Roshan's performance was one of the major perks of the entire film, his trait, mannerism and the appeal that he brought to the screen was downright amazing which is easily noticeable in every single scene. Pooja Hegde looked beautiful for the most part, but the inexperience in her acting ability was visible mostly during the emotional scenes. Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh were menacing as the bad guys, but the lack of character development affected their presence in the movie.

In the end, Mohenjo Daro didn't have a lot to offer except for Rahman's inspiring score and Hrithik's bona fide performance. The story would've been a lot more unorthodox other than being generic similar to many other historic films.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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