Verdict: A tried and tested story enhanced by powerful performances.

A remake of the 2010 Telugu movie Prasthanam, this Deva Katta directorial caught everyone’s attention after the first few looks were released online. Produced by Sanjay S Dutt Productions & Maanayata Dutt, Prassthanam has Manisha Koirala and Sanjay Dutt sharing screen space after nearly a decade. The movie also stars Ali Fazal, Satyajeet Dubey, Amyra Dastur, Jackie Shroff, Chunky Panday and others.

What’s Prassthanam About:

Set in the politically charged city of Ballipur, UP, Prassthanam follows the life of a highly dysfunctional family. The patriarch – Baldev Pratap Singh (Sanjay Dutt) is loved by the people of his constituency. He has two sons – Aayush (Ali Fazal) and Vivaan (Satyajeet Dubey) who are complete opposites. Aayush is the perfect son who does things the right way and his moral compass is always pointed in the right direction. Vivaan, on the other hand, is a spoilt-rich brat who eyes his father’s political seat, power, and money. When Baldev Pratap Singh cancels businessman Bajwa Khatri’s (Chunky Panday) land mining order, Khatri does everything in his power to destroy Baldev. He even goes to the extent of making the brothers fight each other, thus destroying the family.

What Works:

Although this is Bollywood’s 200th attempt at political-family drama,Deva Katta’s Prassthanam makes for an interesting watch. The movie’s plot, with its many twists, keeps you hooked and the one towards the end comes as a complete shock. Sanjay Dutt’s demeanor fits perfectly here as the patriarch of a dysfunctional family obsessed with politics. Ali Fazal as the obedient and morally correct son does a good job while Satyajeet Dubey’s character has a lot of scope. As a maniac and an evil human, he is simply unpredictable and the actor is convincing at portraying the menace that is Vivaan Baldev Singh. Chunky Panday has been rightly cast in a negative role after Saaho. Zakir Hussain as a typecast greedy politician delivers a noteworthy performance even though his role is small.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The movie goes overboard with over-the-top dialogue battles where one character tries to up the other. Prassthanam also sees two veteran legends Jackie Shroff and Manisha Koirala cast in poorly written roles. While all that Jackie’s character does is brood silently, Manisha is seen crying all through the movie. Amyra Dastur and Ali Fazal’s love-story seems pointless and does nothing to contribute to the plot. One other issue that could have been avoided was the unnecessary addition of songs at random points throughout the film, disturbing the flow of the intense drama.

Why You Should Watch:

Prassthanam is a treat for any Sanjay Dutt fan. He is at his finest and delivers a power-packed performance. For those who love intense political movies that show you the realities of Indian politics in the North, this Deva Katta film is highly recommended.