Of late, Bollywood has been making drama, focusing on the brave warriors of medieval and early modern history of India. While films like MANIKARNIKA – THE QUEEN OF JHANSI and PANIPAT focused on a few known chapters in history, Kesari starring Akshay Kumar was based on an event that many were unaware of. Now another film joins this latter category – Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior. It depicts the bravery of Tanhaji Malusare, a legend from Maharashtra, but is largely unknown elsewhere. The film is put on a huge scale and has, besides, a superb star cast, both of which have contributed to its promotion. So does TANHAJI: UNSUNG WARRIOR manage to give the audience a good time? Or disappoints? Let us analyze.
TANHAJI: UNSUNG WARRIOR is the story of one of the great warriors of India. The year is 1664. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Sharad Kelkar) had a tough fight against the Mughals in the Deccan region headed by Emperor Aurangzeb (Luke Kenny). However, when things get difficult for the Marathas, Shivaji Maharaj decides to sign a treaty. As part of the deal, he handed over some 23 forts to the Mughals, including the strategic Kondhana Fort. A few years later, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj expressed his desire to withdraw Kondhana. This is especially so when he finds out that Aurangzeb sent an evil military officer Udayabhan Rathore (Saif Ali Khan) to take control of the fort. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj finds that his brave centurion Tanji Malusare (Ajay Devgan) is the best man to regain the fort. But Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj refused to even tell Tanaji about this operation. This is because Tanhaji is busy with his son’s wedding. However, Tanhaji comes to know about the plan. He persuaded Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj to go for it. Maharaj agrees and therefore, Tanhaji keeps his son’s marriage on hold. He then starts planning how to rebuild the fort and make history in this way. What happens next makes the rest of the film.
The story of Prakash Kapadia and Om Raut is excellent and researched. It talks about a historical moment in the history of India and at the same time, it has ample entertainment and drama. The screenplay of Prakash Kapadia and Om Raut does justice to the plot in hand. The screenplay is depicted with dramatic and sweeping moments that are of interest. However, the film fell a bit in the middle of the second half. Also, the first half could have more difficult moments. Prakash Kapadia’s dialogues are simple but sharp as needed.
Om Raut’s direction is commendable and he handles the film like a pro. He does full justice to the scale and grandeur of the film. He keeps the narrative simple and very simple to understand. And his biggest achievement is that he does not look like TANHAJI: UNSUNG WARRIOR films of recent times, especially Sanjay Leela Bhansali. Bhansali’s films have become a genre in their own right, so when it comes to periods, they recently look like clones of their films. TANHAJI: UNSUNG WARRIOR, however, stands out. And besides, he says enough SpiceEspecially in the climax, which takes the film to a higher level. See it to believe it!
TANHAJI: UNSUNG WARRIOR begins with the childhood sequence of Tanhaji and the backdrop of the Maratha Empire. The film runs very quickly here but there are no complaints as to the effect. Admission of adult Tanhaji is very good and the audience will welcome it with claps and whistles. Even Udayabhan’s introduction is for a brilliant watch. Even till midnight, the film remains the same, but here the film lacks action and punch, which one can expect after the action scene in the beginning. But the intermission point is fine and indicates that the second half will be better. And thankfully, there is a lot of entertainment in the post-interval part. Tanhaji and Udaybhan come face to face. At the same time Tanhaji urges Maratha soldiers to fight for him, a scene to watch. The film then falls again but the Makers hold the Best Reserve for Finale. The climax battle is unbelievable and the single screen audience will especially go into a frenzy!
Tanhaji – The Unsung Warrior | Public review | Ajay Devgan | Kajol | Saif Ali Khan | First day first show
TANHAJI: UNSUNG WARRIOR is related to Ajay Devgan and Saif Ali Khan. Ajay is perfect for the part and adds a lot through his body language and expressions. Also his dialogue delivery is present in the clash scenes. But he goes into another genre in the climax battle and the audience will surely like it. Furthermore, he deserves kudos for putting this huge project together and ensuring that it looks like a great cinematic product, which conforms to international standards. Saif Ali Khan is superb as the villain. He is menstruating, but also has a goofy side and the balance is very well done. In one scene immersed with black humor in the second half, he gets his acting perfectly right! Kajol (Savitri) doesn’t have much to do but her presence adds a lot to the film. Her scenes with Ajay are of endurance. Sharad Kelkar appears as Shivaji Maharaj. His personality, construction and Baritone’s voice were perfect for such an important historical character. Padmavati Rao (Rajmata brother-in-law) has a stunning screen presence. Luke Kenny fits into the role and wishes he had more screen time. Neha Sharma (Kamala) in a supporting role is decent. Kailash Waghmare (Chulatiya) and Hardik Bharat Sangni (Gidya) are at the top but it works for their respective characters. Other actors include Shashank Mahadev Shende (Shelar Mama), Ajinkya Ramesh Dev (Pistol), Vipul Kumar Gupta (Jagat Singh), Devdutt Gajanan Age (Suryaji), Yuri Suri (Mirza Raje Jai Singh), Nisar Khan (Besak Khan) . Khan), Aarusha Nand (Raiba; Tanaji’s son), Prasanna Vidyadhar Ketkar (Ghesarnaik) and Niranjan Jado (Trimbak Rao; Detective).
The music is situational and not of the chartbuster variety. ‘Ghamand Kar’ The film has a theme song and is very exhilarating. ‘Shankar Ray Shankar’ Arrives at a great turning point. ‘I Bhavani’ While average ‘Tinak Tinak’ Is increasing Sandeep Shirodkar’s background score overshadowed the play.
Keiko Nakhra’s cinematography is of superior quality. Despite having so many action and fights, the camerawork ensures that all is well captured .. The production design of Sujeet Subhash Sawant and Sriram Kannan Iyengar is straight out of the Beegon era. The sets are authentic and not unnecessarily grand, given that the film focuses on the lives of Maratha soldiers and their homes cannot be like palaces. But while depicting Aurangzeb’s residence, the designers have all gone out, right. Ramazan Bulut and RP Yadav have a bit of action, but are controlled and look visually spectacular. The makeup of Vikram Gaikwad is clean. The costumes by Nachiket Barve and Mahesh Sherla are realistic. NY VFXWaala’s VFX is fantastic and there is not a single moment where the effects are visible. Also, 3D is not done for this and it really complements the narrative. Dharmendra Sharma has an editing slow.
Overall, TANHAJI: UNSUNG WARRIOR is an entertaining and paranoid film that the masses will love as well as the class. At the box office, it can run a riot in Maharashtra and other large centers and earlier Rs. 100 crore grocer by 2020. Highly Recommended!