Tanhaji The Unsung Warrior
First things first. I apologize for the late review. Usually I tend to feature my reviews on Saturday Or latest by Sunday but this time I’ll have to feature it on a Monday. The reason being I did not plan well for the movie and so when I wanted to watch it, the tickets simply weren’t available. Luckily, I could squeeze in a night show and so if you are reading this, there is a chance you are suffering from Monday blues😅. Back to my review. Everyone now knows my love for History. One piece of it releases this week, Tanhaji. The trailer looked spectacular, does the film hit a home run…lets find out!
Tanhaji, the movie, is based on the battle of Sinhagarh fought between the Marathas and the Mughals in the 17th century. The story filled with twists and turns is quite good. The screenplay is well penned too. While the first half is a slow buildup of the things that eventually transpire, the second half focusses on the dual between Tanhaji Malusale and Uday Bhaan Singh. And the finale featuring the battle is just epic to say the least(everything that Panipat should have been)! The dialogues are clap worthy and take you back to that era. The songs were not really required but the background score is outstanding(though the main track seems to be inspired from the Tamil film Vikram Vedha) and adds a lot to enhance the drama. The VFX is truly amazing though in a few scenes you can make out that things are enacted before a giant green screen. Also, the lack of a ‘film set’ is evident as almost the whole film had VFX in the background. Director Om Raut who debuts in Hindi(he has directed a few Marathi films earlier) is in stupendous form. The direction is truly top notch in a movie that required a lot of skill and focus on conceptualization and execution!
Neha Sharma in a cameo is alright. So is Luke Kenny. Sharad Kelkar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj looks every bit of the part and delivers an outstanding performance in a limited role. Kajol fits the part perfectly in a small role. Ajay Devgn as Tanhaji is amazing and really carries the film on his shoulders well! But it is the Chhote Nawab Saif Ali Khan as the main antagonist who steals the show. His performance is one for the ages and this might just add some life to his sinking career!
On the whole, Tanhaji is an outstanding watch and perhaps the first blockbuster of 2020. Do not miss it and most certainly watch the epic saga in 3D (which is done pretty well).
PS : When was the last time you heard audience cheering even in a late night show?