Sat, 05 Jun 2010 09:23:48 GMT | By Raj Narayan

'Raajneeti': Where Mahabharat meets the Godfather



Review of Raajneeti

Trust Prakash Jha to take up a current affairs topic and mercilessly stab it till the entails are falling out all over the place. Using Bihar as his canvas, Jha has dwelt on its problems through 'Damul' (bonded labour), ' Mrityudand' (gender inequality), ' Gangaajal ' (Bhagalpur blindings) and 'Apaharan' (political abduction) in the past.

This time, Jha's canvas grows out of Bihar to encompass the entire north Indian belt as he exposes the dirty underbelly of clan politics and the extent to which politicians go to stay in power. The blood and gore notwithstanding, 'Raajneeti' tells us what we always suspected of modern Indian politics. And in that sense Jha has once again created a movie that mirrors society, albeit with a blast from the past manner of storytelling which should strike a chord with the rural and multiplex audience.

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