Raajneeti (2010)

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This epic tale of Indian democracy concerns Bhasker Sanyal (Naseeruddin Shah), a firey leftist politician who makes a single mistake that compromises his respectability and power. His fall affects nearly a dozen other people, including a family member who wanted nothing to do with the world of politics. Raajneeti was directed by Prakash Jha.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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$2,000,000.00
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Cast

Arjun Rampal
as Prithvi Pratap
Naseeruddin Shah
as Bhasker Sanyal
Ajay Devgan
as Sooraj
Nana Patekar
as Brij Gopal
Manoj Bajpai
as Veerenda Pratap
Katrina Kaif
as Indu Sakseria
Sarah Thompson
as Sarah Jean Collins
Ranbir Kapoor
as Samar Pratap
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Critic Reviews for Raajneeti

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | June 9, 2010
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The film -- full of romance, intrigue and fraternal strife -- is too diffuse to score political points. Or to have much impact.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 4, 2010
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Once you settle into the film, it veers from its original promise and descends into a bloody and incoherent mess.

Full Review… | July 3, 2016
Georgia Straight

More pulpy than political, this Godfather-ripoff Hindi electoral drama is a candidate for oblivion in U.S. theatres.

Full Review… | June 7, 2010
Film Journal International

A contrived, overlong, convoluted and emotionally hollow political thriller that's high on production values and style, but low on substance, palpable suspense and poignancy.

Full Review… | June 5, 2010
NYC Movie Guru

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.

David Bocek
David Bocek
½

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.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour
½

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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