From the beginning, Prakash Jha’s Rajneeti has been generating controversies. Many believed that the movie was based on the Gandhi family of
. A social worker named Naseem Khan requested the Bombay Civil court to stay the release of the movie. The court said that it would wait for the report of the Censor board. The Censor board cleared the movie. India
A script writer, named Yogendra Konkar, claimed that the script of Rajneeti is based on his own script with a similar title, “Rajniti: A Political Saga.” However, the high court even cleared Rajneeti of the accusation.
According to Jha’s lawyer, Jha’s script was registered with Indian Motion Pictures Association in December 2008 while Konkar’s script was registered in July 2009.
Then rumor of fight between Jha and Nana Patekar fought in the sets. Then there was the Censor Board controversy. To get U/A certificate Prakash Jha had to cut off some violent scenes and reference to homosexuality and a significant portion of the lovemaking scene between Katrina Kaif and Arjun Rampal. Finally, there was the anonymous warning letter from a Congress party worker.
The waiting is over and Rajneeti has been finally released in theatres. So how is the movie? It is a gripping political thriller and no it has no reference to any politician and definitely not Sonia Gandhi which had been widely speculated before.
Producer: Prakash Jha
Executive Producer / Co-Producer: Ronnie Screwvala
Director: Prakash Jha
Nana Patekar...... Brij Gopal
Ajay Devgan...... Sooraj Kumar
Katrina Kaif...... Indu Pratap
Manoj Bajpai...... Veerendra Pratap
Arjun Rampal...... Prithviraj Pratap
Naseruddin Shah...... Bhaskar Sanyal
Sarah Thompson Kane...... Sarah Jean Collins
Barkha Bisht...... Item Number
Samar Pratap's Mother
Daya Shanker Pandey
Vinay ApteRajneeti mainly takes its story from Mahabharata, the great Indian Epic. Add with it a little sprinkle from Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather. Rajneeti is about the struggle between two cousins- Prithviraj Pratap (Arjun Rampal) and Veerendra Pratap (Manoj Bajpai). Veerendra believes that it is his birth right to become the leader of the party and he would get it at any cost. To achieve his goal, he teams up with Sooraj Kumar (Ajay Devgan), a powerful Dalit leader .
Samar Pratap (Ranbir Kapoor) never thought of becoming a politician. He went abroad for higher education and dreamed of becoming a lecturer but fate had different plans for him. He ended up into politics and becomes one of the top players. With Brij Gopal (Nana Patekar) on his side,
Samar learns the inner workings of politics and becomes a master strategist.
Arjun’s character is related to Bhim while
Samar’s is Arjun, Veerendra is Duryodhona and Brij Gopal is Lord Krishna. Like Michael Corleone, Samar takes over his father’s empire and becomes the top guy.
The great thing about Rajneeti is that it has a tight script. In the first half, you get acquainted with the characters and the inner workings of the system. By the second half, you get a clear understanding who is what. There are no song and dance sequences. From the start, the director takes a non-nonsense approach. There are multiple layers of stories and one unfolds after the quickly.
On the bad side, it is a long three hour movie which means you might end up having a headache. Plus, the movie demands serious attention.
Prakash Jha did a very good job with the movie. Over the years, he made some great political movies. Rajneeti is just another feather to his crown of success.