CAST: Ajay Devgn, Kajol Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Sharad Kelkar
DIRECTOR: Om Raut
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a periodical action movie with Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Jagapathi Babu and Sharad Kelkar in the lead roles. It is also under Ajay Devgn’s home production. The movie is set in the 17th century and is based on the life of Tanhaji Malusare, who was the Maratha Subedar of Shivaji Maharaj, founder of the Maratha Empire. The storyline walks us through the history of this empire and what kind of warrior Tanhaji was.
The story rolls on as the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, played by Saif Ali Khan, declares strategic hill fortress Kondhana as the Mughal base of Southern India from which he planned to expand Mughal Empire. However, the Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, played by Sharad Kelkar, orders his General Tanhaji Malusare, played by Ajay Devgn to capture Kondhana to stop the Mughal invasion. The Battle is known as the Battle of Sinhagad which decided the fate of Southern India.
The depiction of Tanhaji is purely based on the boldness of the character. The part was very well portrayed by Ajay Devgn. His character not only depicted the will power and loyalty towards his motherland but also the love and respect he had for it as well as for his family. The story tells us about all the sacrifices made by him to save the Empire. He carried the spirit of the movie forward along with Saif Ali Khan who played the role of the villain. No one else could have been able to portray this character as well as Khan did. He fit the shoes of the character and engages the audience with his enthralling acting skills and dialogue delivery. The role of Tanhaji’s wife, Savitribai Malusare, was delivered very brilliantly by Kajol Devgn. She was shown with a fierce personality who was a pillar of support in Tanhaji’s life. Turns out that Ajay wasn’t wrong when he said no one else would have been a better choice for this role other than Kajol!
The film was shot on beautiful set which replicated the original places of events. The final product showed the hard working and time taking research done by the team. The storyline as well as execution of the plot is mesmerizing and the VFX and background sound score will leave the audience in awe.
The movie brings out the sound moments into notice because they add the element of entertainment and increase the impact like the entry sequence of massive cannon in the introduction part. When Ajay Devgan falls into a long tunnel (pit), the sound is designed and mixed in such a way that the audience would experience a roller coaster kind of effect with the actor himself. Watching this movie in theatres with Dolby Atmos will give you an immersive sound experience, one can feel the sound coming from top in the sequence where he falls from the top. Sequences like the war sequence at the valley in the first 10-15 mins of the fight sequence & the scene where Ajay pushes a horse to fall towards the audience make you feel like you are a part of the action thanks to the amazing sound mix of the movie.
Direction by Om Raut proves his potential of being a great director. He has made sure that every second of the movie is meaningful and glues the audience’s attention. The climax of the movie keeps you on the edge of the seat.
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CineSpeaks verdict– This movie has proven to be a magnificent film with respect to action, storyline, acting and the sets while also keeping the reality in loop. The glorious performances by Ajay Devgn, Kajol Devgn and Saif Ali Khan has added the cherry on the top. More such historic movies should be made which will not only educate the audience but also entertain them. One shouldn’t afford to miss out on this film! To experience the best version of this movie you should watch Tanhaji at a Dolby Atmos theatre near you.
CineSpeaks gives 5 stars.
BY RUJUTA THETE