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|Eklavya - The Royal Guard|
Eklavya is a story set in contemporary India about a majestic fort of Devigarh, a royal dynasty that no longer rules, a King without a kingdom and a royal guard who lives in a time warp and lives only to protect the fort, the dynasty, and the king.
Mega superstar Amitabh Bachchan plays the title role of Eklavya who comes from the long line of royal bodyguards. Saif Ali Khan plays Prince Harshwardhan - a modern prince who chooses life abroad to escape the suffocating rituals and practices of Devigarh fort. He is the antithesis of his father, the King, who is blind to the modern strides of democratic India.
The dashing Sanjay Dutt plays DSP Pannalal Chohar, who though belongs to a low caste family, but through sheer will and hard work has overcome prejudice and society's biases to reach the top ranks of the police force. Vidya Balan plays Rajjo - the royal chauffeur's daughter. Despite her humble status, Rajjo has been the Queen's confidante and nurtures a secret love for Prince Harshwardhan.
Jackie Shroff plays Rana Jyotiwardhan, the King's conniving younger brother and also his Chief Advisor. Fro decades he has been a servile sycophant to the King. But all along he has nurtured one wish in his heart: to overthrow the King. The immensely versatile and talented Boman Irani plays Rana Jaywardhan is the King, the figurehead monarch of Devigarh. He is an ineffectual man living in a time warp, haunted by the demons of his own failure. Tormented by a distasteful revelation, he plans to rid the palace of the noble and dutiful Eklavya.
Jimmy Shergill plays Udaywardhan, Jyotiwardhan's son who plots the King's downfall with his father. He hates Prince Harshwardhan, is deeply jealous of him and hates his own status as the minor royal. Raima Sen is Princess Nandini Devi - Prince Harshwardhan's mentally challenged sister and an artist. The innocence of her wild imagination is marred when she witnesses a brutal murder.
Sharmila Tagore plays Rani Suhasinidevi - the gracious Queen who is the moral nucleus of the fort. Her untimely and mysterious death plunges the fort into darkness and sets off a maelstrom of chaos and confusion.
For nine generations Eklavya's family has protected Devigarh, a centuries old citadel in Rajasthan. Ballads are sung in his father's praise, for he sacrificed his life trying to save the king. On his father's death, his mother names him Eklavya and entrusts him with his father's dagger. He is sworn to protect the fort and its inhabitants. His dagger becomes his only companion. Eklavya will stop at nothing to see that the Rana is safe from his enemies. But age and failing eyesight conspire against his competence.
Prince Harshwardhan returns to Devigarh when his mother, the Queen dies unexpectedly. The Queen's final letter reveals her dying wish, which he must fulfill. Harshwardhan, now trapped in the fort, must grapple with the intrigue and deception that surround him.
Rajjo is entrusted with a letter for Prince Harshwardhan by the dying Queen. When a barrage of bullets shatter the piece of the fort, Rajjo finds herself pulled into the madness that unfolds. She is forced to put aside her personal grief and find the strength to console and support the prince.
The untimely and mysterious death of the Queen not only plunges the fort into darkness and sets off a maelstrom of chaos and confusion but also forces the Prince back to the kingdom he had left behind. The Prince's return brings a rush of joy into the moribund fort. Princess Nandini Devi and Rajjo are delighted to see him. But the joy of reunion is short-lived.
There is unrest in the kingdom. Farmers are being stripped of their lands. The King Rana Jaywardhan, influenced by his brother, Rana Jyotiwardhan, supports the atrocities being forced upon the helpless peasants.
The King receives a death threat over the phone. An irreverent police officer, DSP Pannalal Chohar, is called in to investigate. Pannalal is in awe of Eklavya, whose marksmanship has inspired him. He is summoned to Devigarh fort to investigate a death threat to the King.
But Pannalal might be too late because what begins as routine investigation soon draws him into a vortex of lies, deceit, betrayal and murder. The fragile peace of the land is suddenly shattered by a barrage of bullets. And amidst the mayhem, the safely guarded secrets of the fort are unveiled.
Will Eklavya be able to fulfill his dharma? Will he be able to guard the secret that can destroy him and those he loves? Will Harshwardhan find the strength to overcome his grief and fulfill his promise? Will he triumph over the evil that surrounds him and evolve into an able heir? Will Pannalal be able to unravel the mystery that is hounding the Devigarh fort? Will Rajjo's forbearance bring her the love she dreams of? Will the King succeed in getting rid of Eklavya or will he find himself trapped in his own web of deceit? Will Nandini Devi's guileless laughter go unheard or will it reveal a vital clue?
What follows is a contemporary, edge-of-the-seat dramatic action thriller with a stellar ensemble cast that is scheduled to hit the theatres on February 16, 2007.
Eklavya marks the return of Vidhu Vinod Chopra who directs after a hiatus of seven years and who has made stellar films like 'Parinda', '1942 - A Love Story' and Mission Kashmir and produced superhits like Munnabhai MBBS , Parineeta and Lage Raho Munnabhai .
Eklavya Movie Info
|Country : India|
|Movie color: Color|
|Genre: Action / Drama / Thriller|
|Release Date: Friday 16th of February 2007|
|Run Time: 105 min|
|Banner: Vinod Chopra Productions|
|Eklavya Reviews |
|Movie Review : Good but not great (3/5)|
Vidhu Vinod Chopra's movie 'Eklavya' is a compelling watch. But it falls short of becoming a cinematic masterpiece.The movie grips you from the very opening scene when Amitabh Bachchan narrates the tale of young archer Eklavya from Mahabharata. Following his dharma, Eklavya had cut off his t...