Movie Review: Raajneeti (2010)
I’ve never really followed politics. But I am truly fascinated by ‘Mahabharata’. Lord Krishna, Arjun, Karan, Bheema, Duryodhan… are legendary and the clash between Pandavas and Kauravas is equally unforgettable. Prakash Jha’s RAAJNEETI talks of warring cousins, dynastic rule and electoral politics of the Hindi heartland, besides the vicious and horrifying games some people play to attain power.
To me, RAAJNEETI is a human drama, a complex game that people indulge in to achieve power and how this greed envelopes them and transforms them into ruthless and conniving humans. I admit, it takes time for the story to sink in, but slowly and steadily, you get sucked into a world that’s dark, dangerous and demonish. The attire may be white, but the deeds are grey or black.
It is the story of a fiercely fought election campaign, where money-power and corruption are the accepted norms, and where treachery and manipulation are routinely used weapons. As the personal drama of these conflict-ridden characters unfolds against this gritty backdrop, love and friendship become mere baits, and relationships get sacrificed at the altar of political alignments. The darkness that rises from their soul threatens to envelope all that they hold precious. Until eventually, in the crescendo of increasing violence, the line between good and evil blurs, making it impossible to distinguish heroes from villains.