Genre: History, action and romance
Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh, Suhasini Mulay and Nitish Bharadwaj.
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Writer: Ashutosh Gowariker
More than a review, this is going to be an analogy of how similar Hrithik Roshan’s new movie, Mohenjo Daro, is to the HBO hit Game of Thrones. But before I get started with my rant about the similarities between the two, lets first give you an insight into want the movie is all about, apart from the fact that it is based on a series of historical events.
The lead, Sharman (Hrithik Roshan), is a village boy from Amir who visits a civilisation only to find out that it, somehow, belongs to him. He meets a girl and they fall in love, but the girl is promised to the evil king’s son. Sharman finds out the truth about himself, defeats the evil king and his son, takes over the civilisation of Mohenjo Daro, gets the girl and saves its people from a disastrous incident, which leads to the formation of the river Ganga.
If we talk about the acting skills of some of the lead roles, apart from Hrithik Roshan and Kabir Bedi, all the other actors and actresses were average. I, personally, didn’t like the acting skills of Pooja Hegde. Also, was it just me or did she sound like Nargi Fakhri from Rockstar?
The movie had all too many songs but only one of them (Tu Hai by A. R Rahman) is good enough to make it to my playlist.
Now, coming back to my analogy…
Let’s begin with how similar Hrithik Roshan’s character is to Jon Snow. He wants to fight for what is just, he leads the people on his boat like the way Jon Snow lead the wildlings away from the white walkers. Additionally, he had a best friend who stuck to him like Sam sticks to Jon, he didn’t know much about his actual parents, he was brought up by his uncle, he fought some cannibal cave men like Jon Snow fought the wildlings and most importantly, he saved the people from what was on the other side of the ‘wall’.
The WALL, yes there is one, only in Mohenjo Daro it’s a dam keeping the water from taking its natural course, made by the evil ruler, Maham (Kabir Bedi) of the civilisation, who resorted to slavery to build the dam so he could dig in and loot all the gold for himself.
Talking about Maham, he’s quiet similar to the character of Robert Baratheon, who wants to take revenge and enjoy all the riches around him.
Maham’s offspring is much like Cersei and Jaime Lannister’s firstborn Joffrey Baratheon, who falls in love with a girl and later wants to kill her.
Chaani played by Pooja Hegde plays the character of the one chosen by the Gods to help the true ruler, become the ruler. Gee.. does that remind you of the Red Women?
Lastly, symbols of the civilisation were animals, just as Westeros has particular animal figures resembling each house.
The only thing they failed to copy from GOT were the FX, really poor work.
I give this movie two out of five stars, because I couldn’t recall the last movie of Hrithik Roshan that I saw, it made me slightly happy to see him on screen. Also, because those Snapchat filters- like headgears that Pooja Hegde wore were really pretty.