Mohenjo Daro: Film Review: Love in the Time of 2016 BC

Verdict: A love story, a revenge saga and a tragedy.
Period dramas in Bollywood carry a charm of their own along with a disclaimer that it is not the correct representation of facts. If you are going to watch Mohenjo Daro hoping to get to know the real story of what actually happened to the Indus Valley Civilization and what led to the wiping out of one of the most developed cities of the time, you’ve got another thing coming. 
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The movie is about an indigo farmer called Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) who is physically strong and a smart charming leader of men. A dream about a unicorn (yep, that’s right) leads him to the city of Mohenjo-daro. His righteousness and kindness earns him some friends along the way. Disgusted by the apparent corruption in the city, he has enough of the city life and wants to return back to his village Amri till he comes across the daughter of the high priest, Chaani (Pooja Hegde). It is love at first sight for both of them and they are all set to throw caution to the winds to be with each other. Chaani is to be wed to Munja (Arunoday Singh) who is the son of the head of the city Maham (Kabir Bedi). When Maham gets the whiff of this romance, there’s trouble in paradise.
The first half of the movie might seem like riding on every love story cliche, set in 2016 BC making you wonder if anything has changed in the 4000 years since then in the world of love and romance. The second half is where the story is crafted expertly introducing new depths to the characters and angles to the story. It is when the mush takes a back seat and justice and revenge drive the movie forward. 
The costumes of the actors have been designed keeping in mind the era. Coupled with the performances of the actors, you know every effort has been taken to make Mohenjo Daro believable. The lead couple essay a beautiful love story with the metaphorical sparks between them. Kabir Bedi as the antagonist exudes fear. Hrithik enthrals with his dance moves, which while might be far away from actual dancing from the era but are certainly pleasing to the eye. The whole cast complement each other and the help the historical story unfold on screen.
The music by AR Rahman keeps you hooked and dialogue writer Preeti Mamgain definitely has a sense of humor (with the references, which will only be understood by movie buffs).
Making a period movie works for Ashutosh Gowariker as this is his third attempt to go back in time. This is the second time he has based his story on love. If we ignore the historical inaccuracies (he never claimed it was accurate anyway), the story is certainly intriguing.
The setting is grand, which is a prerequisite for period dramas is and there is enough allusions to the time period. The Hindi language is modified a little; making it understandable yet signifying a different time.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Fans of Hrithik Roshan, you don’t need to even read the review. For others, a period drama that engages you and makes you feel for the characters should be a fun watch. If that doesn’t convince you, watch it for the action and the extravagant sets and of course AR Rahman’s music.

Release Date: 12 Aug, 2016
Language: Hindi
Director: Ashutosh Gowariker
Genre: Action, Adventure, Period
Cast & Crew: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Arunoday Singh, Kabir Bedi, Manish Chaudhary, Kishori Shahane, Diganta Hazarika

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