Movie Review of Eklavya - The Royal Guard.
This weekend I saw the movie Eklavya -The Royal Guard. A tragic film, it ended the week of gloom which began with the murder of Bob Woolmer (RIP) and India's depressing loss against Sri Lanka.
Eklavya - The Royal Guard - 3/10 - This movie starts off with a Rajasthani King (Boman Irani) murdering his sick queen (Sharmila Tagore) because she calls out the name of her lover Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan) while he is reciting a poem from Shakespeare. Saif Ali Khan is the crown prince who returns from abroad for his mothers funeral. Eklavya is the royal guard who has sworn to protect the family. He is also the father of the crown prince.
Meanwhile, the King's brother and nephew are planning to ursurp the palace and fort. Lots of treachery and killings follow. In the end, Saif Ali Khan tries to commit suicide by pointing a gun at his head. Eklavya, almost blind now, throws a knife at his hand and stops him. The movie ends with Saif returning seized property back to the villagers and accepting Eklavya as his father. Sunjay Dutt who plays a nosy cop refuses to arrest Eklavya for his crimes.
Amitabh Bachchan is a good actor, but I'm real tired of seeing him in every other film. It takes away the essence of a story when you see the same face playing every second role. Saif Ali Khan is his expressionlesss self and so is Jackie Shroff. Jimmy Shergill, Vidya Balan and Boman Irani are ok. The cinematography is awesome - Rajasthan locales always look great on film. Music and songs were nothing great while dialogues are too preachy ! The movie suffers from a lot of factual errors and things that don't add up like Eklavya's biased blindness and the period the film is based in.
Did you watch Eklavya - The Royal Guard ? Are you planning too ??