Two trailers before the movie begins.
1) Munnabhai and Curcuit in Munnabhai Chale Amreeca. Munnabhai will be back on the silver screen soon. The trailer is extremly hilarious.
2) Talisman – Starring Big b. Looks like a sci-fi thriller. Big b looks super cool.
Eklavya – The royal guard, directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra is a story of Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan) a royal guard, who is comminted in protecting the Devigarh dynasty. 9 He spends his entire life serving and guarding the family. The demise of Suhasini Devi (Sharmila Tagore) forces royal prince Harshwardhan (Saif Ali Khan) to return from London. His return brings joy and hapiness to his sister princess Nandini (Raima Sen) and childhood friend Rojja (Vidya Balan). But their joy is short lived. Farmers are being robbedstripped off their lands, as king Rana Jaywardhan and his evil brother Rana Jyotiwardhan (Jackie Shroff) support the atrocities being forced upon the helpless farmers. The king receives a death threat, he informs the police. Pannalal Chohar (Sanjay Dutt) is called in to investigate the matter. What follows is murders, attempt to murders and much more.
Direction by Vidhu Vinod Chopra is good. He proves that he is a master story teller. A good comeback after 7 long years. The music and the background score is good. Cinemotographer Natarja Subramanian does a good job.
Now the performances. Amitabh Bachchan delivers a award worthy performance yet again. His best since Black. Saif Ali Khan has grown into a fine actor over the years. He matches bachchan in most scenes. Jackie Shroff has a short role, he is convincing in a negative role. Sanju baba as a police officers is fantastic. His fans will love him. Vidya Balan has a million dollar smile. She is sweet and as usual acts well. Jimmy Shergill, Sharmila Tagore have nothing to do. The talented Raima sen is completely wasted. One wonders why she is there. The role could have been portrayed by anyone.
To sum things up, Eklavya is a action thriller which is worth the price of the ticket. The first half is brilliant while the second half is good. The climax should have been better. At the box office, the movie will have a great first weekend. With good word of mouth, the movie could gross about 45 crores easily.
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