Review: Aurangzeb (2013)

Box Office: Below Avg.

A family of policemen… A family of gangsters… Under the guise of a respected citizen, Yashwardhan [Jackie Shroff], runs a parallel world, a world where he is the Emperor. To bring down a criminal, the law will have to now think like a criminal! When Vishal [Arjun Kapoor] is planted in Yashwardhan’s world in place of Ajay [Arjun Kapoor], the lawmakers [Rishi Kapoor and Prithviraj] roll the dice and a sequence of events unravel something much more than what Vishal bargained for, as he finds himself in a predicament that puts him to test!

AURANGZEB, a crime drama, focuses on the land mafia and the enmity between two authoritative factions: Police and mafia. The film marks the big screen debut of Atul Sabharwal, who directed a crime show [POWDER] for Yash Raj’s television unit. The director knows the technicalities right, but he falters — and falters big time — in narrating a gripping story in a concise format. Resultantly, the film tests the patience of the spectator in the second hour and the impact of several brilliant moments gets washed away in the process.

AURANGZEB catches your eye initially. There are numerous characters in this cat and mouse saga and the storytelling, although slow-paced, keeps the spectator glued to the proceedings. Atul, who has also penned the screenplay, focuses on drama more than action/violence and the back story of the prominent characters as well as the menacing games they indulge in results in an invigorating first hour. Atul makes sure he packages the narrative well with moments that, although predictable at times, stay with you.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “The film might be a little too intense for some but if you are ready to overlook some gaping holes; the film is worth a watch.”
Yahoo Movies
3.0 “Aurangzeb is VERY engaging and Performances — especially of Rishi and Arjun Kapoor — are the best thing about Aurangzeb”
3.0 “AURANGZEB as the Indian version of Godfather for hits sheer power in script and performance.”
3.0 “It’s a movie made specifically for those who are not fans of Yashraj films.”
Daily Bhaksar
3.0 “Aurangzeb’ is a film worth a watch for all its complexities!”
Zee News
Average Reviews
2.5 “Director Atul Sabbharwal directs well, but his writing leaves a lot to be desired. Aurangzeb is full of crests and troughs. However, the latter outnumber the former.”
2.5 “Aurangzeb’s is a hardcore gangster flick.”
DNA India
2.5 “A well scripted story and a few mind-blowing performances!”
2.5 “Aurangzeb boasts of a well-paced story and is a new take on family rivalry.”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “AURANGZEB has a great premise, but great plots don’t, generally, translate into great films.”
2.0 “Aurangzeb is a cliched formulaic drama straight out of the ’70s era that fails to impress the audience.”

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