Review of Bollywood Film ‘Aurangzeb’ A Yash Raj Production Starring Arjun Kapoor

Aditya Chopra is the Aurangzeb of quality movie theatre. A number of films produced under his Yash Raj banner seem to be created by bright marketing guys instead of passionate cinema-loving writers and owners. Yash Raj Films has the power over Bollywood and the paisa to invest in these marketing guys who then brainstorm a variety of promising driveway that can easily rake in money at the box office. Most of these driveway are executed well but a massive majority suffers from bad treatment.Bigg Boss 15 Grand Finale Live Episode Update 29 January 2022

The fault is lazy writing, in most cases, and I think that’s because the writers hired to pencil the script don’t know what effective film writing is. I imagine this business sitting around a circular table in an air-conditioned office, decked out like dapper businessmen in full-sleeve t-shirts (including tie) and slacks, and discussing marketing concepts like ‘idea generation’, ‘new product development’ etc and trying to think of an ‘innovative product’ that has ‘mass appeal’; film appearance is something that eludes them so they really fling it out of the window.

It’s not like they’re totally ignorant to film concepts, as they know how to create a coherent story; the problem is that their work totally lacks the nuance tBigg Boss 16 Watch Online hat produce films work as art. Aditya Chopra fortunately provides the green light to these projects, then casts either recognized Bollywood stars or fresh faces who can act ‘the Bollywood way’. These projects are released with the well-known Yash Raj logo, marketed sufficiently to generate public interest and then released across most multiplexes and single-screen theater halls in The indian subcontinent. Money is made and then everyone moves on… to the big party celebrating the commercial success of the film, a spectacle of both power and paisa!

‘Our family is more important than our dreams’ says Anupam Kher’s character in the film, and Aditya generally seems to take this saying seriously — the ‘fresh faces’ he casts are usually related to someone in the big-bad-Bollywood family. Arjun Kapoor, producer Boney Kapoor’s son plays our hero(es) here, taking on the double role of Ajay and Vishal, long-lost twins babies who will be living different lives; while Ajay is the rich, sloppy and rotten son of a tainted real estate developer, Vijay is… the other son managing his mother. We know nothing much about Vijay here, whether he previously a life of their own, friends, interests etc because his basic function is to act as a plot device for the ‘swap’ that occurs.

Aurangzeb however doesn’t start out with either of these two characters; it’s the narrator Arya who narrates Aurangzeb’s story. Often Prithviraj Sukumaran can be as much a protagonist as Arjun Kapoor but since he isn’t a big name in Bollywood, he doesn’t share any space in the film’s poster. The smoothness he plays is the Admin Chief of Police in Gurgaon who lives in a category of police officers. His big brother Ravikant (played by frequent Rishi Kapoor) is the DCP while his brother-in-law Dev (Sikander Kher) is another ACP.

Arya’s father calls him one day to confide in him something important about his past. The tainted police officer who retired after accepting responsibility for a mistake that led to the death of a woman and her son tells his son that she had fabricated the entire story up; he reveals that the woman and his son were still alive, and that he was in a relationship with the woman. He convinces Arya to take care of your ex financial needs after his death; the plot itself is very eager to kill him and so, in the very next scene we see Arya visiting at least 18 to tell about his dad’s death. Some glycerin-induced tears are shed by her while Arya stands far away; just then her son Vishal arrives and asks what’s happening. Arya reaches out for his rifle because thinking he’s Ajay but then stops when he realizes that he’s Vishal. After he leaves their home, he calls up Ravikant and tells him to come over.

The coffee beans are leaking soon as Vishal’s mother reveals to her son who his father is: Yashwardhan, a crime-lord masquerading as a real estate developer; on realizing her husband’s true business, Vishal’s mother served as a mole for the police and then left her husband, leaving Vishal’s twin Ajay behind. So Yashwardhan is still under the impression his wife and other son were dead, and is currently having an affair with Nina; all we know about Nina is that she copes with a high-profile escort business and helps the Yashwardhan’s company by earning most of the clients.

Arya is surprisingly quick in convincing Vishal’s mother to replace places with Ajay, and yearly scene itself, Ajay is taken hostage by the police officers and Vishal leaves to satisfy his task — getting top secret information about Yashwardhan’s illicit transactions which will lead to his fall. Only in Shakespeare’s stories you may have heard of such a quick replace taking place and so, to make the situation seem less implausible, there’s a rapid set of shots during a song sequence which inform about the research Vishal undertook before the replace — he browses the internet to look at rifle models: fabulous research!

And what’s even more surprising is that nobody suspects him, neither Yashwardhan, nor Nina or his fiancé Ritu. Ajay on the other hand ‘plays Larg Boss, Larg Boss’ ( in their own words) regarding his mother at a private house in the fields. Speaking about Larg Boss, a reality show I used to watch when i was young, I am reminded of a similar replace taking place in the second season of Big Boss: it took merely ten minutes for the other housemates to spot the ruse!

Aurangzeb is replete in punch-lines but there’s little subtlety and lack of meaningful exchange. Portrayal is only skin-deep and so is Arjun Kapoor’s performance, but he’s only doing as he’s told. It’s Aditya Chopra who’s funding many of these projects and sadly even winning many awards in The indian subcontinent; he’s business sense is sensible (his Wikipedia page mentions he graduated from Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics), but I wish he’d use his power and paisa to encourage quality stage productions. His production Aurangzeb has a workable philosophy but sadly ends up drooping with sloppy treatment. The film should fall.

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