Rajneeti brings out the behind the scenes chicanery in the arena of politics. Though Prakash Jha stated that the film is a contemporary Indian political interpretation of the epic Mahabharata, all gangster film elements right from Hollywood’s Godfather to Bollywood’s Company are skillfully applied to the political scenario in our country.
Rajneeti is a profound exposition of the ground realities of the vicious power games that politicians play.
Prithvi (Arjun Rampal) comes from a powerful political family and considers himself as the rightful heir to the family’s top position in politics. But his cousin, Veerendra (Manoj Bajpayee) emerges as a strong contender to Prithvi. Both the cousines think and act as if they are the only ones to rule.
To veer the power game to his advantage, Veerendra nurtures Sooraj (Ajay Devgn), an angry young backward class leader. However, Sooraj doesn’t know the why he is being supported by a member of a powerful political family. He would be aghast once he knows it.
Prithvi’s brother Samar (Ranbir Kapoor), brother of Prithvi an NRI arrives and gets embroiled in the family rivalry for political power and soon turns into an adept game player in the political arena . Indu (Katrina Kaif), daughter of a big businessman, is also sucked into the nasty marsh of political rivalry.
Brij Gopal (Nana Patekar) acts as a friend, philosopher and guide to Prithvi and Samar in the political games which become more violent as the days pass. Then there is Bhaskar Sanyal (Naseruddin Shah), a fiery leftist leader, who comes out of hibernation.
Who will succeed? Prithvi, Veerendra or Samar? What will happen to Sooraj, Brij Gopal and Bhaskar Sanyal? The answers to these questions will lead you to a very disturbing climax.
It is Ranbir Kapoor all the way. He performs with such emotive power, he appears to be more mature than the few number of films he acted in. Then it is Arjun Rampal and Manoj Bajpayee who deliver sterling performances. Katrina Kaif does very well in an unfamiliar role. Naseeruddin Shah and Nana Patekar do what they always do : deliver mature performances. Ajay Devgn is as fierce as ever. Nikhila Trikha, who played the role of mother to Prithvi and Samar, is outstanding
With author backed roles the cameos of Dayashanker Pandey, Chetan Pandit, Darshan Jariwala, Shruti Seth, Kiran Karmarkar and Vinay Apte give out merited performances.
With a complex story, gripping screenplay and meaningful dialogues often with a punch make this film a great cinematic experience. The cinematography is vibrant and expansive. The sound design is very good. Editing is crisp and adds to the narration speed. Fortunately, the songs were not allowed to dampen the narration. Technically, the film is of very good standards. Production values are high.
Rajneeti is one film which you should not miss even if you are averse to politics. This is a cinematic mile stone in Bollywood.
The Cast and Crew
Ajay Devgan, Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Arjun Rampal Nana Patekar
Manoj Bajpai, Sarah Thompson, Naseeruddin Shah, Darshan Jariwala
Director: Prakash Jha
Producer: Prakash Jha
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty, Aadesh Shrivastav, Shantanu Moitra, Wayne Sharp
Lyricst: Sameer, Gulzar, Swanand Kirkire
4 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar