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The least Mohenjo Daro could have done is awe you with its scale. Well, It doesn't. Save a few action pieces the film has nothing to enamor you.Read more
What's in the name of a city? A little history? A little politics? A little culture? A little architecture? A little wonder? Or you could forget all of that and just choose to say the same old story. The underdog common man taking on the oppressor or system. That is exactly what Mohenjo Daro's trailer seems to suggest – that the city is incidental or just an excuse to have grand settings.
What makes the entire affair even sorrier is that the setting doesn't look extraordinary at all. As a lay person, as far as architecture goes, I dare say, the sets look Egyptian. Not to mention, in their enthusiasm to tell viewers how old the civilization is, they mention Christ and Buddha who as far as I know had nothing to do with that region.
Other than that then, you are left with Hrithik Roshan being Hrithik Roshan. Unfortunately, the one question that looms larger than them all is, how long with this Ashutosh Gowariker venture last? How many of those minutes will we be edging to leave? Hopefully it is close to zero. But, I have an inkling it won't be so.
Interestingly, even A R Rahman's music hasn't managed to impress everyone. Let's hope the movie does.
- meeta, a part of the audience
The one thing that almost everyone walking out of Mohenjo Daro is likely to disappointedly say is, “regular story fitted into history.” My additional rant is that it is not even a full-hearted attempt at saying one regular story. It knows it doesn't have enough meat to at least look new. So, it squeezes a regular romance into a regular oppressor-common man story. And yet achieves nothing new whatsoever.
It would be a real shame if the makers are convinced that they recreated history. Because there is no imagination in the sets. The costumes and makeup is pretty much what you would find in a fashion show with an Egyptian-Roman theme. Maybe the lead lady's headgear is an exception. But, that isn't too far out either.
Oh yeah, the Mohenjo Daro-ites have a language of their own. Unfortunately, it makes you laugh more than admire it because of the way it moves on to regular Hindi. Oh, the after effects stay in the form of a few Hindi words modified to make you laugh some more. The references to suns and monsoons is cute to begin with but becomes annoying soon enough. As the movie progresses, it feels like the makers were so proud of this terminology that they had to use it to the fullest.
The human behavior is pretty much the same too – as shallow an interpretation as many other films. Sure, a few action sequences make you sit up for a bit. But, that too has a feel of the films from the 90s. The ones that had an arena fight between the hero and a lion or an elephant or a man double the size of the hero. It brings warm memories from childhood rather than a chill down the spine.
Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi are nothing but functional. I can only imagine the kind of energy some of the action sequences might have drawn from Hrithik Roshan, but the end result is nothing that stays in memory beyond the scene.
What stays though is the pounding background music that refuses to be tamed down. What stays is the despair at being fed yet another romance in the name of epic saga. What stays is the hope, that maybe next time. There is always a next time.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by IANS, Sify Movies : ... fifteen minutes into the telling, the narrative loses its lustre, when Gowariker adheres to the star system by focusing the song "Mohenjo Daro" on the stars.... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...With its story and characters crumbling under its cinematic ambition, the only thing that makes Mohenjo Daro a sweeping cinematic experience is its visuals. ... full review
Thumbs down, Deccan Chronicle : ...It doesn’t help, however, that the movie is clichéd. Telling a story of 2016 BCE in the present day can be problematic if it’s not made well, and that’s Mohenjo Daro’s downfall... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...It beats me how so much time and effort can be spent on creating something meant to be jaw-dropping, but which leaves you sighing at the sheer waste of it all... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...None of the characters (and actors), many of whom don stitched, even printed, clothing and are marvelously adept at Bollywood dance moves, do not emerge unscathed from this messy misfire.... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamjhandikar, Reuters : ...Even though Hrithik Roshan appears in almost every frame and brings his natural screen presence to the film, he is a shadow of his normal self, bogged down by a weak script, terrible production values and a lack of vision from the man who once made some of Bollywood’s grandest movies.... full review
Yasameen111: Mohenjo Daro was so good!!!
xopayalspatel: Favorite part of Mohenjo Daro was Hrithik Roshan. Wow.
viralaol: Mohenjo Daro. Amazing movie
surajv530: Hritik sir Mohenjo Daro is a blockbuster in my view.but public not given good response to ur film.
Srutarshi97: Mohenjo-daro is fabulous. @iHrithik sir is just awesome and @hegdepooja made a great debut.
SmileAdoomy: Mohenjo Daro was a really good movie tho (needed subtitles
siddhirathod_20: saw mohenjo daro yesterday. very nice movie . must watch.
sagar_rao: Its high time we ignore reviews from media who misguide public & sabotage sincere, novel ideas like this.Masterpiece#Epic#Mohenjo Daro
RehanMUFC: Hardwork of @iHrithik in Mohenjo Daro is insane Just beautiful
ranjitswe: Mohenjo Daro is a well crafted historical movie....Its not a bad movie ...great acting by @iHrithik & @hegdepooja #MohenjoDaro
Prakash_Jha_: Mohenjo Daro is the Excellent Movie.!!
m_shomaa: Thanks Ashutosh Ji, @iHrithik @hegdepooja & others for gifting such a movie like Mohenjo Daro! How gracefully the history has been depicted!
JennaVora: Great work from the entire Mohenjo Daro team! Great performance by Hrithik!!! #HrithikRoshan #poojahegde #MohenjoDaro
imathur97: I actually really liked Mohenjo Daro
fatmaabader: Now I can say that Mohenjo daro is the best movie for 2016! #HrithikRoshan #MohenjoDaro
desigirl1995: Mohenjo Daro- Great movie. @hritikroshan stayed true to his legacy of his amazing acting.
anishreddyyelti: Take a bow the entire team of mohenjo daro
adityayadav62: Mohenjo Daro, an awesome movie , @iHrithik sir, with this quality of work i m sure u will write a new definition of acting in Indian Cinema
UMARBALOCH: Mohenjo daro Bakwaaaas treen movie — feeling bored
slyandsulk: So far Mohenjo Daro is Lagaan + 80s love stoy + gladiator + karan arjun in prehistoric setting. It's funny how sad it is.
samratindra2: Mohenjo Daro is a mess,cartoon-like narrative proves and unintentional comedy. — feeling frustrated
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