Tanhaji Review: Well-made surgical strike but the film looks historical and comical at a few places.

" The film is filled up with the songs and dances and non-stop action sequences, always coming back to heavy dialogues about the sanctity of the saffron color. The film uses VFX so much that it almost qualifies for a superhero genre movie and with some "Avengers Assemble" moments and in the end sequence, Ajay Devgan literally becomes Captain America, fighting with his shield and spear. These moments might make you feel like this is a chapter taken from a comic book world, not from a history book."




Tanhaji movie cast: Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Sharad Kelkar, Luke Kenny Tanhaji movie director: Om Raut


Tanhaji was an army commander of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, he is destined to be a great warrior. Constant shows of over virility will make you believe that Tanhaji ( Ajay Devgan) is one of the best warriors of the Maratha Kingdom.  The continuous regaining and losing of kingdoms were on a strike. Udaybhan Rathore gains the trust of Aurangzeb and he commands Udaybhan Rathore to go and watch over a kingdom close to the heart of Marathas.



Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is gripping and effective in storytelling, so well-paced, so neatly detailed that it almost feels like a rebirth of period drama. URI: Surgical Strike gets a new birth in a period drama with striking visuals and clever execution.

This is the first part of a series of Unsung Warriors and I hope it gets better each time.

Both Ajay and Saif were born to do their respective roles, Ajay has been playing a violent, ready to die for the motherland type role since a long time, this looks like a cakewalk for him. Whereas, Saif Ali Khan looks like he is revisiting parts of his different roles like the one in Laal Kaptaan and Omkara.



A scene where Udaybhan Rathore ( Saif Ali Khan) kills four soldiers just because he was very happy about an announcement and was very casual about it, almost as if he wants to say " I can't help it, baby " shows that Saif Ali Khan is living the best role of his life with so ease.




Now coming to the weakness, the film is filled up with the songs and dances and non-stop action sequences, always coming back to heavy dialogues about the sanctity of the saffron color. The film uses VFX so much that it almost qualifies for a superhero genre movie and with some "Avengers Assemble" moments and in the end sequence, Ajay Devgan literally becomes Captain America, fighting with his shield and spear. These moments might make you feel like this is a chapter taken from a comic book world not from a history book.



Cinematography and well constructed slow-motion shots were brilliantly executed. Some melodrama and cliched politics from the history belonging to the rulers could have been ignored. In period dramas everything comes at stake when it comes to the final act of the movie and it is very neatly executed in this one.  The background score is also very balanced and energetic. In the end sequence, Ajay Devgan literally becomes Captain America, fighting with his shield and spear.



Overall, Tanhaji is well executed and gripping and the 3d technology actually suits the cinematography. For a Baahubali like spectacle, just go for Tanhaji this week but be aware that the cartoonish graphics at places might make you a little uninterested unless you are too high on saffronism. It might still feel like everything you have already watched in other period dramas but still has its own uniqueness in the final act.


FINAL VERDICT - 3 / 5.

You can give this a try especially for its last sequence and Saif.




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