Tanhaji Movie Review
Artists: Ajay Devgan, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Sharad Kelkar, Neha Sharma, Padmavati Rao, Shashank Shendet
Director: Om Raut
Movie Type: History, Drama
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes
After Ashutosh Gowariker’s historical film Panipat, director Om Raut Tanaji has appeared alongside The Unsung Warrior. Tanaji is another such historical film after Panipat, which has managed to portray the valor of the Maratha Empire in a grand style. Historical films and that too especially on the subject of war, sometimes become cumbersome, heavy and boring, but it has to be said that the director’s quality is that in this story taken from the important chapter of history, the story of romance, romance, thrill, betrayal. Like there are all the elements and the 3D effects called gold icing on it which makes the entire film worth watching from beginning to end.
The story is of that page of history, where Aurangzeb (Luke Kenny) is strategizing to wave Mughalia Parcham over the whole of India and the Deccan (South) Shivaji Maharaj (Sharad Kelkar) is determined to take the oath of self-rule. This war in history (4 February 1670) is recorded as the Battle of Sinhagad. In the 17th century, Shivaji Maharaj’s Paramitra and Jambaj warrior Subedar Tanaji Malasure (Ajay Devgan) are busy with the preparations for their son’s wedding with his wife Savitribai (Kajol). They are unaware that despite the handing over of 23 forts including the Kondana Fort to the Mughals in the Purandar Treaty, the Mughals Sultanate is not thirsty. At the time when Rajmata Jijabai handed over the fort of Kondana to the Mughals, at the same time, she had sworn that she would not wear a paduka until the saffron was waved at this fort again. Aurangzeb his special.
This story is about the war of 4 February 1670 in Sinhagarh, then known as Konadhana. In this war, Tanaji (Ajay Devgan) and Maratha warriors fought against Aurangzeb (Luke Kenny) and his special man Udaybhan Rathore (Saif Ali Khan) for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Sharad Kelkar).
Aurangzeb wants to capture the whole of India and Shivaji’s special Tanaji has put his life at stake to stop it. What will be the result of Udaybhan and Tanaji’s fight? This is what you will see in the film.
Shivaji Maharaj does not want to involve his brave and dear friend in the tragedy of war at this time, because he does not want Tanaji’s wedding house to witness war. But when Tanaji learns that Swarajya and Shivaji Maharaj are in danger, he sets out to cut Udaybhanu’s head by wearing saffron regardless of the son’s marriage. Udayabhanu is no less than Tanaji in Jambaji and is also full of barbarism. Under this trend, he picks up the widow princess Kamaladevi (Neha Sharma) and is adamant on making her queen. Actually, Kamala was his first love, but after he rejected and was ashamed, he joined the Mughals. Tanaji gets gallantry as well as betrayal in the war with Udayabhanu Rathod. Can Tanaji eliminate Udayabhanu? Is he able to follow the promise given to Shivaji Maharaj? To know this, you will have to watch the film.
Om Raut, who won the Filmfare Award for Best Director in a historical film like Lokmanya Ek Yug Purush, has also worked hard on VFX along with the story of the film. The film is Gripping. Watching battle scenes under 3D is not a visual treat. The German action director Ramadan designed the war scenes of the era, which have become quite interesting and thrilling, keeping in mind the Maratha guerrilla warfare techniques. Swordsmen have also become visible. The forts and the valley are well decorated with visual effects. Talking about music, the songs and choreography like ‘Shankara Re Shankara’, ‘My Bhavani’ and ‘Ghamand Kar’ have become good in the presence of composers like Sachet tradition, Ajay-Atul and Mehul Vyas.
Ajay Devgan as a brave warrior has been fit and finest in every way. His agility is seen in battle scenes. His dying emotion for Swarajya also makes his character special. His chemistry with Kajol is also interesting. Saif Ali has been great as Udayabhanu Rathod. In many places he has proved to be twenty more than Ajay. The villain is extremely strong in Tanaji. Saif portrayed the brutality of his character in a forceful manner. His black comedies are also seen in the scenes receiving devilish pleasure while harassing others. Kajol has played her role faithfully. They should have been given more screenspace. Even as Sharadaji, Sharad Kelkar’s stature does not match, but with his body language and gesture, he has made this character memorable. The collaborative cast has been strong and consistent with the theme.
Ajay Devgan has done a good job in Tanaji’s role . A vicious and loyal warrior who can do anything for his country and Shivaji Maharaj. Ajay Devgan has played this role well, but somewhere you will miss Bajirao Singham.
Kajol plays Savitri Bai in the film, who is Tanaji’s wife. Kajol and Ajay Devgan’s pair is as beautiful as ever. Kajol makes whatever scene she comes in.
At the same time, Saif Ali Khan is giving a tremendous competition to Ajay with his strong performance. In front of Saif, your attention will not go to any other actor. In Udaybhan Rathore’s extremely fierce character, Saif has taken such a life that you will remember him in times to come. Saif’s heartless style and his hungry eyes make him heavy on other actors. The collision between Ajay and Saif is also worth seeing. But in this too, Saif can be seen clearly overshadowing. Everything from his dialogue delivery to cynicism is praiseworthy.
In the film, apart from Saif Ali Khan, Kajol and Ajay Devgan, Sharad Kelkar played Shivaji, Luke Kenny, Aurangzeb, Padmavati Rao, Jeeja Bai, Devdatta Nagee Suryaji Malusare, Neha Sharma played Kamal. Apart from these, other supporting cast have also done their work very well and have contributed to improve this film.
Direction – Tanhaji Movie Review
Tanaji: The Unsung Warrior is made by director Om Raut. His work is good, the direction and editing is also good. However, the pace of the film will feel very slow in the first half. Actors do not have as much power in their words as they are talking about. Animals were not used much in the film, due to which the help of VFX has been taken. VFX has been used to show characters riding and fighting, which sounds strange but not so bad.
Action – Tanhaji Movie Review
The biggest strength of the film is its action sequences. The battle of Marathas and Mughals who landed in the battlefield is worth seeing. The choreography of the action sequence is very powerful and this is what makes the second half of the film interesting. The second half of the film keeps you connected to your seat and the war going on the screen takes home in your mind.
Apart from this, the cinematography and editing of the film is good. You will like the grandeur and visuals of the film’s sets. Also the music and background score of the film is very good, which adds life to the film.
So if you are free on weekends, then you can go to see this film of Ajay Devgan and Saif Ali Khan.
Why Watch – Those who are fond of historical films and 3D can see this film for strong performance.
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