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Critic Reviews for Raajneeti
Its adult and hard-hitting subject matter probably won't bring in masala-loving family crowds, but it offers a lesson with long-lasting emotional and moral impact for thinking audiences.
The film -- full of romance, intrigue and fraternal strife -- is too diffuse to score political points. Or to have much impact.
Prakash Jha aims for something trenchant about thwarted destiny and ugly ambition in modern Indian democracy but mostly winds up with a convoluted and tonally awkward Godfather rehash, with nary a character worth rooting for.
Once you settle into the film, it veers from its original promise and descends into a bloody and incoherent mess.
More pulpy than political, this Godfather-ripoff Hindi electoral drama is a candidate for oblivion in U.S. theatres.
Audience Reviews for Raajneeti
One of the best political drama/thrillers that I have ever seen. It is up there with the political thriller "Z" from 1969. The plot is about machine politics, political corruption, & family ties in India. It ultimately shows how power & politics brings out the worst in people. Complete with a composite of Indira Ghandi & a really good performance by American actress Sarah Thompson Kane (Cruel Intentions 2 & the tv show 7th Heaven) as the girlfriend of the main character ; the film will not disappoint & will surely entertain as well as inform. It is deep & metaphoric. Do not miss this one. I wish it would have got more attention in 2010 in the US.
One of the core principles of good fiction writing is "show, don't tell". That holds even more true for film. This is an ambitious story which unfortunately unreels mostly through exposition. When the filmmakers do occasionally take advantage of the medium to show instead of describe they do it very well. Those scenes are few and far between, though - and usually brief. The actors (with one exception) handle the cumbersome dialogue impressively well. And whoever staged the operating room scenes (whether the director or second unit) needs to visit a hospital - or at least watch some medical dramas. These scenes lacked any credibility even to someone with my limited exposure. A movie more "interesting" than "engrossing". Don't expect to be swept along.
Was like a breath of fresh air amidst all those NRI movies coming from Bollywood... If it was'nt for the sloppy climax, would've given this a 5 out of 5 :)
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