Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Mohit Marwah, Amit Sadh, Kanwaljit Singh, Kenneth Desai, Mrudula Murali and Kenny Basumatary
The film is a walk down the memory lane. It arouses within us a feeling of patriotism that seem to be lost in the hassles of our daily lives. A very well framed thought, right out of our history books, reminds us about the journey of freedom.
Tigmanshu Dhulia, who is always known for his non-commercial zone, took it to the extra edge with his filmmaking with Raagdesh, thus proving it to be one of his best. It is not like we’ve never seen patriotic films before, the most celebrated being Border, but this one successfully makes its mark in the hearts of the audience. Although the film was in flashes, it did not lose on the plot even for a moment.
Based on the rendition of Red fort trials, the story is of three soldiers, a Hindu, a Muslim and a Sikh, who were termed traitors by the then British government. The fight for struggle from what Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose taught to the Bhulabhai Desai’s intelligence were all shown in a mystique. The storyline was clear, that it is nothing but a fight for freedom in the name of three soldiers and how laws were amended and how manipulations could take place. It is how India became a victim of every war and paid a heavy price each time. And of course, how can a Bollywood movie be without a love story?
Tigmansu Dhulia as a filmmaker should get a salute for choosing the right star cast. Kunal Kapoor, in his role as Shah Nawaz Khan, did his best but it was Mohit Marwah aka Prem Sahgal who stole the show with his extra ordinary acting. His emotional quotient and his powerful speeches were evidence to the actor’s skills and his potential. He indeed lived way above our expectations. Amit Sadh, in the role of Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon, is thumbs up but falls flat at some places.
The cherry on the top was undoubtedly Kenny Desai as Bhulabhai Desai. Every character from Kanwaljeet Singh to Kenny Basumatary as Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose to Mrudula Murali playing Mohit Marwah’s love interest, everyone stands up well. The dialogue delivery of all the actors was smooth as feather.
The editing by Geeta Singh was crisp as it didn’t look complicated even for a moment. Rishi Punjabi in his cinematographic strength was to vouch for. On the music front, the film lacked.
However, the film, at times seems a bit stretched and clichéd. Whether or not a history lover, the film definitely carries a patriotic effect that will stay in the minds for a while.