mythological/ fantasy sci-fi action
Starring Sanjay Dutt, Suneil Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Isha Kopikar, Kabir Bedi and Virendra Saxena
Direction : Mani Shankar
Music: Shankar Ehsaan Loy
ReViewed by Akshay Shah
Mani Shankar was highly awaited for his next project after his
debut 16 DECEMBER became a sleeper hit. The combination of high tech
wizadry....mindblowing special effects...taut breathless direction and
a solid script proved that Shankar is a pretty decent storyteller and
knows what he is doing. RUDRAKSH was supposed to be Indias answer to
THE MATRIX and was touted to be in a league of its own with potential
to be a bigger and better project than 16 DECEMBER....unfortunately
Shankars efforts here go awry as the story and screenplay department
film revolves around Varun (Sanjay
Dutt)- a man with
unexplainable healing powers. He has the ability to take away someones
pain with the palm of his hands. Not only that Varun also has many
telekniesis and telepathic powers which are beyond the comprehension
of the normal human being. Dr Gayatri (Bipasha
Basu) is a
scientist from California who is busy investigating and experimenting
with Varuns powers.
experiments soon throw Varun into something much deeper when Varun
comes to know of a dark and mysterious power operating which is a
threat to mankind..what is the power?
away in the vast depths of time is the most unusual Rudraksh. Legend
has it that the Rudraksh had the power to mutate human being into
animalistic demons of sorts and the bearer of the Rudraksh would be
given power beyond all recognition. This is the Rudraksh that was worn
by Raavan during the times of Ramayan..
-a small time labourer comes across this Rudraksh and is completely
taken over by its evil powers. Bhurias aim is to create hell on earth
and transform human beings into "rakshashs"..
age old battle between good and evil now takes a new turn as Varun has
to stop the extraordinary Bhuria and his evil ways before time runs
story of RUDRAKSH is highly unusual and it definitely hasn;t been
witnessed before in the Indian screen. The film opens new barriers for
Indian Cinema presenting a theme which hasnt been tried very often.
Mani Shankar combined mythology with science fiction and the
supernatural all with equal balance creating a story that is
different. The story will not be accepted by most as it will just
confuse the average viewer and the concept of the movie is not always
easy to grasp. But Shankar must be given credit for trying something
screenplay of the movie is the biggest downfall! What could've been a
taut and action packed thrill ride turns into confusing and self
indulgent movie which has the viewer totally confused to what hes
There are parts ripped off from X-MEN, THE MATRIX and
dialogues in the movie are hard to decipher as they all use scientific
jargon in english and Sanskriti throughout the movie.
As a director Mani Shankar does a OK job. He starts the movie out on a excellent note and keeps the viewer totally enthrealled for the first half. All the sequences are well penned and keep the viewer anticipating what is going to happen next as this is something they have never seen before. In the second half the movie becomes medicore and the direction seems totally haywire. The fight scenes at the end seem self indulgent and even Sanjay Dutt becoming a Rakshash himself to fight Suniel is all hard to follow. The scenes at time become so confusing the viewer has no idea what is happening in front of him. The narrative is interesting and the basic premise of the movie(GOD versus EVIL) is novel, but the manner in which its depicted loses all novelty by the time the movie finishes. The characters dont have any emotional value and the chemistry between the Good(Sanjay Dutt) and Evil(Suniel Shetty) is lacking!
terms of performances the film is good. Sanjay Dutt is good in
the role of Varun. He conveys the calm and collected aura of his
character very well and its clear that he is enjoying his role. His
dialogues are mouthed well and he looks the character he plays.
Shetty also has a ball playing the evil character. He also looks
the part he plays and is well cast in the role of the evil Bhuria. One
just wishes the two had chemistry.
Basu is OK in her role. She looks extremely gorgeous but its hard
to believe that shes an intelligent scientist. The scene where Sanjay
Dutt heals Bipasha is great as Bipasha Basu has NEVER LOOKED SO DAMN
SEXY BEFORE and this will have the male audiences drooling. Isha
Kopikkar doesnt have much to do but look damn sexy. Her short tops
and sexy figure is always worth watching! Kabir Bedi is ok in a small
role. I wonder why Mani Shankar gave him Gandolfs getup? Raj Zutsi
doesn't have much to do in a small role except act insane.
Shankar Ehsaan Loys music is ace! The music keeps in sync with the movie and its rarely that we get to hear such a smashing Techno soundtrack!!!!!!!! ISHQ KHUDAI is definetly the pick of the lot and the picturisation is damn sexy!
where does that leave RUDRAKSH? A good novel experiment gone totally
Only for hardcore Sci-Fi, Suniel Shetty and Sanjay Dutt fans!
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