Mohenjo Daro- Ashdoc’s movie review

The real cracker of the movie Mohenjo daro comes in the ending. Instead of being destroyed by waves of Aryans from south Russia and central Asia (as the leftist historians claim), the great civilization of Mohenjodaro is drowned in a great flood that sweeps water from the river Sindhu (Indus) onto the cities. So the Aryans (who intermingled with Dravidians to form hindu civilization) were not the villains who destroyed the great Indus valley civilization!! How the movie must be biting the leftists!! Instead the Indus valley people themselves cross the flooding river Sindhu by a bridge of boats (a spectacularly photographed scene) and push east to create a new settlement on the banks of the Ganga- the beginnings of Hindu civilization. Needless to say, that is what must have exactly happened. But I could see the leftist critics getting angrier and angrier as they saw the movie, which casts aside their carefully built version of history which paints Aryans killing Dravidians. Furthermore, the leader of the Indus valley people (Hrithik Roshan) uses a trishul (trident) to fight his enemies!! The same trishul which is weapon of Hindu God Shiva!! Perfidy!! Now I know why the leftist critics have been howling against the movie, which is better than they claim.

The movie is the story of Hrithik living in a village far from the great city of Mohenjo Daro, but always feeling that his destiny is in the city. And him having visions of a one horned animal that is emblem of the city. Of him marching to the city and falling in love with the daughter (Pooja Hegde) of the city’s priest and she responding to his overtures. Of him then coming to a clash with Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh, who control the city with great tyranny. They have built a dam that diverts the water of the Sindhu river , so that gold can be excavated. As Hrithik fights and wins against the evil duo, powerful rains bring a huge flood on the river Sindhu-a flood that will overflow the dam and swamp the Indus valley civilization. It is upto Hrithik to lead his people (for he is son of their former leader who was killed by Bedi) to safety.

The fight sequence of Hrithik with the crocodile is good to see when above the water, but it’s special effects are not great underwater. Better executed is Hrithik’s fight with two huge ferocious cannibals using the trishul. The city of Mohenjodaro is shown authentically and looks awe inspiring. It is divided into the lower city for poorer people and upper city for the affluent. The upper city is more elegant. Photography of the city is really nice. It trades with the Tajiks of central Asia, who bring horses, and the civilization of Sumer .

Hrithik looks bronzed in the film, and Pooja Hegde looks fair. Kabir Bedi looks every inch an ambitious tyrant, while Arunoday lusts for Pooja. The clothes of the people and the dances all look good. The truly ancient era of India has been well created by the makers. Music is decent and songs are hummable. The film is a little long but I was never bored watching it. Acting is ok by everyone .