Movie: Aurangzeb

Director: Atul Sabharwal

Cast: Arjun Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Amrita Singh, Rishi Kapoor, Sasheh Aagha, Deepti Naval, Tanvi Azmi, Sikander Kher, Swara Bhaskar

Jagran rating: Average

Story Line: The box office sees two major releases this weekend-- Atul Sabharwal's mafia thriller "Aurangzeb" and Amit Kasaria's directorial project "I don't Luv U". Young Arjun Kapoor’s Aurangzeb is set to be in a tough fight with superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s Hollywood debut ‘The Great Gatsby’.

It has been just over a year since Arjun Kapoor made his acting debut in Bollywood with Yash Raj films’ Ishaqzaade in which he greatly impressed the movie goers and now he is working doubly hard to rewrite the success story of his first film again in Aurangzeb. The 27-year-old actor, son of famous film producer Boney Kapoor and nephew of filmstar Anil Kapoor, plays a double role in this crime thriller that talks about the land mafia and kingship overshadowing kinship.

Made with a budget of Rs 25 crore, the movie talks about Yashvardhan (Jackie Shroff), who under the guise of a respected real estate businessman, runs a parallel crime world, where he is the emperor. The police decide to crack down his wrong doings by replacing his son Ajay (Arjun Kapoor) with an identical man Vishal (Arjun Kapoor).

The title of the movie says a lot about the bonds shown in the movie. Talking about plot of the movie, Arjun had said in an interview, “Everybody knows that Aurangzeb was a Mughal emperor who played all tricks to grab power and even did not dither in eliminating his kin in his pursuit for ascension to power. This film is titled 'Aurangzeb' as it mainly focuses on the human behaviour which guides people to go to any extent to realize their dreams."

Thumbs up: The movie has a mixed cast where seasoned actors like Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Deepti Naval and Amrita Singh are perfectly seen complimenting the new brigade of actors including Arjun Kapoor, southern star Prithviraj Sukumaran and Pakistani actress Sashaa Agha. Debutant Sasha also appears somewhat promising as far as her ancestral singing instincts are concerned. The hot and intimate scenes between Sasha and Arjun are well portrayed on the screen. For a change, the audience will get to see a double role after a long time.

Thumbs down: Some dialogues in the movie sound hard-hitting and have impact, but a few go stale. Niraj Voralia’s editing could have been better. Music by Amartya Rahut and Vipin Mishra is not an all-round soundtrack as it may hardly appeal to the masses. The women cast aren’t offered much in this bad-boy-against-good-boy bang-bang game. The actress in the lead role, Sashaa, has been allowed much skin-show. The director has attempted to say a lot more in just two-hours-and-twenty-minutes film.

Moreover, Aurangzeb is not a bad attempt by a debutant director. You will be tempted by the performances but the final outcome will leave you thwarted and puzzled.

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