Das Geheimnis der verschollenen Stadt (2016)

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Das Geheimnis der verschollenen Stadt: Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker. With Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh. In 2016 BC, a kind farmer leads an uprising in the city of Mohenjo Daro.

“Ashutosh Gowariker has again come up with an interesting theme, but too bad, the execution falls through.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSarman (Roshan) is an inquisitive farmer-cum-merchant who travels to the city of Mohenjo Daro to sell his yields against the wishes of his well-wishers. He is an outspoken and courageous fellow who enters the city, sells his first batch, and immediately falls in love with Chaani (Hegde), a princess of some kind who is widely known in the city to be a ray of hope for the citizens. Chaani reciprocates and Sarman pledges his alliance of love. However, Chaaniu0026#39;s hand in marriage has already been given to Moonja (Singh), heir of the crown which is currently held by the dark-eyed, evil Maham (Bedi). Soon Sarman gets embroiled in the cityu0026#39;s merchant market and becomes the voice of the poor against Maham and Moonja, the evidently autocratic rulers. His love for Chaani gives him power and helps him avenge a hidden truth and save the entire civilization from an inevitable flood.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe story is clichéd, no doubt about it. But, even the arcs that take the running time to about 150 minutes, are muddled with clichés and usualness. What an average viewer would expect from a theme like this is some novel insights into how the civilization worked, its market, its people, its culture. But, all we see is mockery of the civilization; introducing a unicorn and basing your cultural dance on it is not the way to go for a historical film. I personally do not know much about the city other than what my grade X history books taught me, but I was expecting something else – not 21st century AD in the disguise of 21st century BC.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThe reason I rate this a 5 is because of the action sequences, the production setup, and an average execution. Itu0026#39;s very clear that the writers did less-to-no research for this film, or they purposely tried to mix fictional romance into a topic held sacred by so many. Otherwise, it would have been a much interesting watch.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eRoshan and Bedi perform well among the cast. Hegde should take more acting lessons. Music is not exhilarating and neither is the CGI. Thatu0026#39;s it; not much to talk about.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eBOTTOM LINE: Ashutosh Gowarikeru0026#39;s Mohenjo Daro is a disappointment; but we were warned, werenu0026#39;t we? Wait for TV premiere.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eCan be watched with a typical Indian family? YES”

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