Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Review of Maan Gaye Mughal-I-Azam

Review of the film Maan Gaye Mughal –i-Azam.

Last year the film Maan-Gaye Mughal-I-Azam was released. It was a comedy film directed by Sanjay Chhel where Paresh Rawal, Mallika Sherawat and other actors played important role. The music was composed by Anu Malik. The film had reflections of the comedy film Jane Bhi Do Yaaron if seen from a critical angle.

Paresh Rawal and his wife Mallika Sherawat was shown to perform in professional theatre. Initially it was shown that a play was enacted on story of the underworld in Mumbai. Then due to resistence from the local police and few mafias the play was stopped.

Instead of that play a historical play on Mughal-I-Azam was launched. In that play Paresh Rawal played the role of Akbar-the-great. Mallika Sherawat played the role of Anarkali. Everyday when Paresh Rawal used to start his introductory speech, Rahul Bose, a member of the audience used to enter the greenroom and speak with Mallika Sherawat. The communication resulted in an affair.

Later it was shown that Rahul Bose was an intelligence officer and he used the entire drama group to help him to reveal the existence of ISI agents in India. Rahul Bose asked Mallika Sherawat to meet the ISI agent and develop intimacy. After that the entire drama group was taken to the place where the ISI agents operated to get the RDX that was planned to have been used.

The RDX was recovered and the casualty that could have happened was prevented. Everything happened in a comedy manner. Through the comedy sequences the message relating to the unrest that was existing in India in the early 90s was depicted.

The film did not get box-office success inspite of the fact that comedy films got best reviews in 2008. One of the reasons may have been the intellectual part of the film which was not understood by the general mass.

Even if the commercial result of the film was unsatisfactory, films like Maan-Gaye-Mughal-I-Azam should be made in future for its intellectual value.

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