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Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior Review: GIGANTIC IN SCALE, RICH IN SUBSTANCE AND VISUALLY STUNNING!!!

Cast: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Sharad Kelkar, Neha Sharma, Luke kenny.

Producers: Ajay devgn, Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar.

Music: Ajay-Atul.

Cinematography: Keiko Nakahara.

Director: Om Raut.

 

Period films, when well made are a visual treat and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior has all the power to transport one back in time to relive the medieval ancient ages!

The movie is based on the life of Tanhaji Malusare (Ajay Devgn), a 17th-century Maharashtrian military leader in the army of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Sharad Kelkar). The Story plot narrates the prominent Battle of Kondhana (now called Sinhagad), the battle between the Aurangzeb and the Marathas over the kondhana fort. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj who had to give up the fort as per the treaty of Purandar signed by him was desperate to get the fort back under his control, sets up an army of diehard maratha soldiers led by Tanhaji Malusare (Ajay Devgn) to fight and defeat the Aurangzeb's army led by the Rajput commander Udaybhan (Saif Ali Khan). Will Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj be able to get the control over the kondhana fort? Will the heroics of Tanhaji, the brave heart warrior be able to defeat commander Udaybhan? What all sacrifises were to be made? The director turns the pages of history to unfold the mystery.

*Direction and Performances*

The director, Om Raut [Filmfare Best Debut Director awadee for Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush (2015) ] might have just pulled off a masterpiece! The epic story of pride, vengeance, and redemption is executed in such a way that it shall engage the hearts and minds of people for years. His Direction adds to the believability of this film, while also handling the unbelievable setting and circumstances. The visual scale of this film is incredible. The mixture of awesome set pieces and CGI is well handled to create a truly humbling visual representation of the world of the 17th century. Director Om Raut and the team stages the fight scenes brilliantly, each more inventive and gripping than the last. The screenplay is incredible. The Cinematography by Keiko Nakahara is mesmerizing. The movie has some power-packed dialogues like _"Kutye ki taraha jeene se behtar hai sher ki taraha marna!"_

The Musical duo Ajay-Atul, after an underwhelming work in Panipat movie (2019), have come up stronger with the songs and music for Tanhaji. Especially the song 'Ghamand kar!!'. The lines "Raa Ra-Ra-Raa! Raa Ra-Ra-Raa! Raa Raa-Raa Raa Raa!" will give you goosebumps for sure.

Even though there is far more attention given to the visual appeal, the performances of the star cast and the background score is commendably outstanding.

Ajay devgn as Tanhaji in his careers 100th film does a glorious work! The actor well known for his powerful performances, the intense-eye-expressions, powerful dialogue delivery, Ajay, beautifully pulls of the character as the brave soldier Tanhaji Malusare!

Saif Ali Khan as the antagonist Udhaybhan is charismatic. The aura of the character and the acting is top-notch. Always Remember there are top 4 Khans in Bollywood, not 3!

This is the 4th time Ajay and Saif are sharing the screen together after Kachche Dhaage (1999), LOC Kargil (2003)
and Omkara (2006).

Kajol as Savitribai Malusare, the wife of Tanhaji looks absolutely stunning in the Maratha saree attire. Beautiful and brave at the same time. The impeccable chemistry between the real-life couple Ajay-Kajol is always pleasant to watch.

Besides the lead performances, even the supporting characters played their roles equally well.

Sharad Kelkar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Neha Sharma as Kalma Devi and Luke kenny as emperor Aurangzeb were very good at their respective roles.

Tanhaji will be the First Indian periodic historical movie to be released in 3D! (Visual Spectacle!)

Power-packed Performances, Spectacular Visual effects, Mesmerizing Background Score, Stunning Action Sequences definitely makes it a Must-Watch-Movie!

It would be exciting to watch, with Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, The 100th film of the career, will Ajay Devgn be able to enter the prestigious 300 crore club!!!

Few movies are meant to be enjoyed on a bigger screen and Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is surely one of them.

 

Stars: 4.5

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