PLOT: Based on the life of Tanaji Malusare, a 17th-century Maharashtrian Marathi military leader. The film traces the life of the fierce Maratha warrior, Tanhaji Malusare, who was one of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s closest aides and a military leader. It focuses on the famous Battle of Sinhagad (February 4, 1670)
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Sharad Kelkar, Neha Sharma, Kailash Waghmare, Hardik Bharat Sangani, Shashank Mahadeo Shende, Ajinkya Ramesh Deo, Vipul Kumar Gupta, Deodatta Gajanan Nage, Nissar Khan, Yuri Suri, Prasanna Vidyadhar Ketkar, Niranjan Jadhao and Arush Nand.
Director: Om Raut
MOVIE REVIEW: Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior begins with a voice-over of Sanjay Mishra in the 17th century when Mughal emperor Aurangzeb is ruling the northern parts of India from the banks of Yamuna. He aspires to expand his empire down South by defeating the Marathas, who are determined to bring back Swarajya under the leadership of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj. When things get tough for the Marathas, to save his people and his kingdom, Shivaji Maharaj surrenders 23 of his forts, including the Fort of Kondhana.
Four years later, Shivaji Maharaj finds out that Mughal emperor sends his Rajput fort keeper Udaybhan Singh Rathod to control the fort with a cannon, named Naagin, which has the caliber to destroy an entire fort. He expresses his desire to recapture Kondhana and realizes that his brave Subedar Tanhaji Malusare is the best man to get the fort back.
Om Raut’s direction is very impressive, he is best known for directing critically and commercially successful Marathi film Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush (2015). Tanhaji marks his Bollywood debut and he delivers a compelling biographical period action film. Prakash Kapadia and Om Raut’s story is engaging and the screenplay is very gripping. Prakash Kapadia’s dialogues are sharp.
Ajay Devgn delivers an outstanding performance and done a complete justice to Tanhaji’s character. Saif Ali Khan in his anti-hero avatar as Udaybhan Singh Rathod is a delight to watch who tortures and kills for amusement. He again proves his versatility and with this film, he will surely give his box office hit after 7 years. The battle scene between Marathas & Mughal in the climax is electrifying.
Sharad Kelkar is admirable as Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Kajol as Tanhaji’s supportive wife Savitribai Malusare gets a limited screen time but delivers a convincing performance. She is reuniting with her husband after a decade, we last saw them together on the screen in U Me Aur Hum (2008). Luke Kenny as Aurangzeb, Neha Sharma as Rajput princess Kamla and Padmavathi Rao as Rajmata Jijau are decent in their supporting role.
Keiko Nakahara’s cinematography and VFX of the film are top-notch. The camerawork captured all the action sequences very well. Go and watch Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior in 3D to experience the never seen before 3D effects in a Hindi film.
Overall Hit ya Flop Rating: 3.7 out of 5 Stars (Very Good)
High visual effects, powerful action backed by solid performances. Ajay Devgn’s 11th 100 Crore film is on the way