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Tanhaji Review: Ajay Devgn and Saif Ali Khan deliver their career best performances

Hollywood level VFX, gripping plotline, sets that would put Ashutosh Gowariker films to shame and a star cast that delivers stellar performances – Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a super hit in the making.

Talking about the film, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is an ode to Martha warrior Tanhaji who devoted his life in serving the great ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Tanha ji swore an oath to his father’s dead body that he would free the country from Aurangzeb’s evil rule. To fulfil his father’s wish, Tanha Ji is seen as always ready to sacrifice his life for the ‘swaraj’ of Maratha rule.

Under the Treaty of Purandar, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj played by Sharad Kelkar had to give up 23 forts to Aurangzeb, including the Kondhana aka Sinhagad that was strategic importance to the Marathas. Rajamata Jijabai was completely against Chhatrapati’s decision of surrendering Sinhagad. In a protest, she swore to walk barefoot until their control on Sinhagad was restore. Looking at the opportunity, fours years later Tanaji Malusare volunteered to bring down the Mughal’s as recaptures tightly sealed Sinhagad fort. Tanha Ji’s unfathomable enthusiasm drags him into the battlefield of death with cunning and ruthless Udhaybhan Singh, played by Pataudi Saif Ali Khan.

This marks the start of a spectacular war between the Marathas and the Mughals who would not stop until they’ve put the other one to death. The VFX plays a drastic role in making the scenes appear as larger than life. Well-choreographer stunts, scenic action aerial shots and melancholic Ajay-Atul background score intensify the gripping war situation making us swift a little in our seats. The war also sets the plot straight for those who expect anything more than a clash-fight between Saif Ali Khan and Ajay Devgn.

Director Om Raut lays down his ace cards as he wins hears with his directorial debut. The fine storytelling, well-etched characters, hardcore dialogues and well-choreographed action sequences make Tanha ji: The Unsung Warrior a splendid affair. While Ajay Devgn is seen in his top form, it is Saif who takes home the trophy. Despite being the deadly villainous Udaybhan Singh, he captures the heart and attention of everyone in the theatre. We have to give it to the ‘Tashan’ star for bringing a memorable character to life with his maniac-laughs, evil gaze and layers of evil. Kajol is Tanaji’s silent strength who plays the ‘adarsh’ Maratha warrior-wife. Sharad Kelkar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Rao makes his presence felt positively even though he’s surrounded by such powerhouses of talent.

Altogether Tanhaji pacts the impact that it had promised with a gripping trailer. We wouldn’t complain about Tanhaji’s authenticity as there’s generous use of VFX, CGI and a real-story that takes creative liberty. The 3D format is a bit of an overkill because you barely feel the need to put on those glasses apart from a few scenes that truly stood out. The 134-minute-long Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a good blend of great cinematography, powerful dialogues and larger than life action-sequences that are woven together to bring the ‘surgical strike’ of Mughal empire to the cinema halls.

The movie-watching experience for Tanha ji is a delight. You wouldn’t sleep through it, neither will you feel robbed of your money. It’s a fairly good watch for the weekend. Watch the trailer here:

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