19 January 2020 | By: Writing Buddha

Movie Review: Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior: Power-packed hyper-nationalistic movie! ***½

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It’s very sad that most of us are not aware of the personalities who played major role in giving India the independence which almost seemed impossible centuries back when continuously some or the other foreign powers kept ruling us. Tanhaji Malasure is one such important character who played an important part in the history of state of Maharashtra and as I have lived in this state since my childhood, I had atleast heard his name if not about the battles he fought under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He was the most trusted lieutenant and friend of the king and played an important role in the battle of Sinhagad on which the movie- Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is based upon.

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a very power-packed movie where right from the start, you see each and every visualization moving fast and keeping you glued to the screen to see how our warriors are saving our forts and citizens. The movie is released in both- 2D and 3D formats – I went for the 3D version and I must say I enjoyed watching it. The glasses did wonder to the VFX and digitalization used in the movie. The movie being of less than 140 minutes makes it very crisp and to-the-point. Yes, in the beginning of the 2nd half, it does become bit slow but that is needed to ensure the climax of the movie has an impact during the closure of the movie on the audience.

The action scenes are amazing. Actually, movie talks more in actions and less on historical facts hence even after watching the movie if someone shall ask you what you got to know about Tanhaji, you shall not have much to say except 2-3 points but you will only end up essaying how courageous, will-powered, loyal, trusted, brave, self-motivated warrior he was. The movie teaches us how one has to be aligned with the thoughts of the leader and have the same goal as him to ensure incessant success. It also tells how a leader should empower his key resources that they can battle the war being a leader themselves not wanting any guide above them.

Talking about the background scores and songs, they add value to the movie which makes the whole impact with you as there were moments when I just wanted to get up from my seat and watch those powerful fighting scenes with loud chant and all. The movie, with its actors’ performances and aesthetics, makes you emotionally charged up with hyper-nationalism. And this is also the intention of the makers.

About performances- Ajay Devgn as Tanhaji Malasure is as always, inspiring, convincing and perfect. Saif Ali Khan as UdayBhan, Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s general, has also played a very dangerous villain with his scary looks, dangerous decisions, ruthless killing attitude and respect for no one else than himself. Kajol with her limited timeframe still manages to add value with her wonderful chemistry with husband, Ajay Devgn, and her admiring acting skills. In the last scenes of the movie, the way she has carried the whole thing is a very beautiful work. Special mention to Sharad Kelkar – WOW! As Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, he has just made me want to go back to that century and witness the powerful man myself.

Overall, the movie is watchable and unmissable. I give the movie 3.5 stars out of 5. Just if the makers ensured there were enough historical facts than only actions, this could have been a landmark movie.



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