Kurukshetra movie review
Watched the movie KURUKSHETRA. Darshan Thoogudeepa as Duryodhana (Suyodhana) is the heart & soul of the film but the dialogues could have been written better. Kannada poet Ranna's magnum opus Gadhayuddha portrays Duryodhana as the real hero of Mahabharata. This movie is a visual tribute to Ranna's 10th century classical text. Duryodhana is usually seen as a villain. But he had lot of virtues as well, particularly how he took a stance against caste discrimination. When everyone was abusing Karna saying that he was from a lower caste it was Duryodhana who made him King of Anga & respected the loyal warrior in him. He also maintained a lifelong unbroken friendship with Karna & this bond between them is one of the highlights of this movie.
They have shown that Duryodhana was a fair warrior unlike Bheema who breaks the rules during Gadhayuddha (Mace fight) in which Duryodhana dies in the end.
There are lot of moments in this 3 hour long movie where Darshan fans can hoot & whistle for. They have included many dialogues to attract Darshan fans without meddling with the actual plot of the epic.
Darshan's body language, mannerisms, attire & attitude are suited for this mythological character but some more polish in the language (dialogues for his character could have been written better) would have taken the movie to a different level for sure.
Arjun Sarja as Karna is another powerful character in the movie. And the legend doesn't disappoint the audience. His dialogue delivery & expressions are awesome as usual.
All others have done well too despite having lesser screen space compared to these two.
The visual effects for Vyooha formations (Sarpa vyooha & Garudha vyooha) are outstanding. Nikhil Kumaraswamy as Abhimanyu is probably the only character that I disliked. He fails to fit into that role although makers have tried their best to show off that he can provide full justice to the character. And there is one song for Abhimanyu (Nikhil Kumaraswamy) with his wife Uttara. Simply unnecessary. In a scene Abhimanyu talks to Bheeshma & says about saving the dignity of his father & grandfather. That dialogue was unnecessary in the film. It has been simply added. Somehow his father & grandfather (politicians) seem to infiltrate all his films.
The art direction deserves a special mention. They keep on recreating the grandeur throughout the film. One scene where lot of seriousness was required is the one during the Kurukshetra war when Yudhishtira (Dharmaraya) says "Ashwatthama Hathaha Kunjaraha" to deviate Dronacharya's attention. But it has come out as a joke. That scene unfortunately fails.
Another blunder is the usage of the word "Jalasamadhi" instead of "Jalasthambana". Its used more than once during the climax. The makers have failed in this too. They should have done proper homework before using that word. As per Hindu mythology, Duryodhana had mastered Jalasthambana vidya by which he could stop the flow of water & remain deep inside the river for as long as he wanted. So usage of word Jalasamadhi was not right in that climax scene. First half is okie dokie. Second half is fully packed. Good job by the entire team barring some flaws here and there.