Eklavya 2007

Eklavya: The Royal Guard

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The people of an unnamed kingdom are suffering, thanks to the greed and madness of King Jaywardhan (Boman Irani). Meanwhile, the rebellious Prince Harshwardhan (Saif Ali Khan) has spent years living in seclusion, wanting no part of royal life and its treacheries, until the queen abruptly dies. Then a letter informs the prince that his birth father is Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan), a royal guard with legendary aim, who is being targeted for death by the king and his vile brother (Jackie Shroff).

Cast

Saif Ali Khan
as Prince Harshwardhan
Sanjay Dutt
as DSP Pannalal Chohaar
Vidya Balan
as Rajeshwari
Jackie Shroff
as Jyotiwardhan
Jimmy Shergill
as Udaywardhan
Sharmila Tagore
as Rani Suhasinidevi
Boman Irani
as Rana Jaywardhan
Raima Sen
as Princess Nandini
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Critic Reviews for Eklavya

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (2)

  • Set in present day Rajasthan, India, this stunningly beautiful film is a worthy, if not largely successful, attempt at commercial Bollywood cinema.

    October 24, 2017 | Full Review…

    Anil Sinanan

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Strongly cast tale of royal scheming, family skeletons and healthy slaughter is an involving mood piece.

    February 20, 2007 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • Here's a robustly unassuming and entertaining Bollywood melodrama starring Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt, set in a romanticised contemporary Rajasthan.

    February 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • This stirring dramatic feature by Kashmiri director Vidhu Vinod Chopra marries its varied elements -- modernity and classicism, current-day India and its feudal past, contemporary corruption and blood tradition -- in a coherent and propulsive fashion.

    February 15, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    John Anderson

    Newsday
    Top Critic
  • Part of the problem is that Chopra goes on an overkill with his images at the cost of his script.

    January 23, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Set in present day India, the film has a special resonance for today's world, beleaguered by hate and violence born from fanatical belief.

    October 30, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Eklavya

  • Dec 16, 2007
    Here's an interesting movie about a young prince who is forced to return home after the death of his mother. He comes to terms with responsibilities and the truth about his real father. As he tries to put life back on track, he realizes that he needs his father more than ever despite that he is a servant, a royal guard to the king. For this father, a man who holds his duty sacred but also wishes to know his true children, Nandini and Harsh. Great cast- Saif Ali Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan, Jackie Shroff, Jimmy Shergill, Sanjay Dutt, and Sharmila Tagore. Good music. Great movie by Vidhu Vinod Chora. Fantastic cinematography. Worth seeing!
    Leo L Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2007
    This movie is impressive! I scowl at those people who have rated this yet do not have a geist of what theater or art is all about. A good cast, wonderful acting and a unique story. Majestic, classy, unique and a good mixture of the modern world and the old ways. Two thumbs up!! <BR>Movie Quote: <BR>"Eklavya was a low caste warrior of unsurpassable skills. When Eklavya outclassed the royal princes in the art of archery, the man he had idolized as his mentor, the great guru Dronacharya, asked of him a terrible gift in return for his tutelage: his right thumb" <BR><BR>Note: If youre gonna get this movie, get it with the subtitles or english translations. I assure you, Its worth it :)
    Ginny   Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2007
    Wow - another great Bollywood past MIX present flick with an AWESOME CAST - the legneds of the unites with some young guns to bring a mysterious movie about a Kingdoms's Royal Guard's devotion to duty and knowing that his time is cming to an end, so are the fragile secrets he has sworn to hide when the young Prince returns from London to face a crisis in his kingdom, which can shatter the peace and the history of the royalty. Its well paced and secretive drama - lots of twists and dark settings - an interesting and unique drama from the Bollywood norm. What a cast!! Big B is the pick of the bunch of course, with my personal fav Sanjay Dutt backing him up and veteran Jackie Sheroff making a good comeback. And Saif Ali Khan is one of the best in new talent today.
    Khris N Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2007
    Hey this is one awesome movie... gd star cast and story line.. its amazing cus they managed not to cram in like 10 songs which other bollywood movies tend to have... Jackie seems to be doing well in a negative role.. but hes still ma old time favourite actor.. on the other hand Sanjays acting was exceptional, always the best...Go watch it guys its a nice movie!!
    XXX RaJ XXX B Super Reviewer

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