The countdown is almost over. Prakash Jha's Raajneeti that hits theatres on June 4, already has movie buffs and reviewers talking about the much awaited political saga. While some have trashed the film calling it a migrane, others have given it a thumbs up.
Taran Adarsh writes, "Raajneeti talks of warring cousins, dynastic rule and electoral politics, besides the vicious and horrifying games some people play to attain power. 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 story alters constantly, unravelling in a serpentine manner and speed... so much so that you don't know what's gonna happen next. It keeps you awed at the constant turn of events."
"The flipside? None, actually. The naysayers may point out that the subject material is 'heavy', 'serious' and 'dry', but you ought to know that when you adapt Mahabharata in the current milieu (present-day politics), you can't expect item songs and slapdash humour and mimicry," he adds.
However, Raja Sen of Rediff differs. "Mammoth Raajneeti migraine. Review tomorrow, but for now all I can say is this ain't getting my vote, baby," he posted on Twitter.
Koel Puri tweets on koelscouch: Kat delivers in Raajneeti. Also it's entirely inspired frm Mahabharata, there are no good guys, all dark as hell. Really enjoyed but for length. We hadn't witnessed such events in real life either first hand or via media. Too long though, unnecessary masala subplots ridiculous esp AjayDevgn's."
Priya Ramani, Editor of Mint Lounge, posted on Twitter, "One more reaction to Raajneeti: 3 Responses to Raajneeti so far: 'migraine', 'mostly gripping, great script and performances' and 'interesting but too much plotting' -confused."
With mixed reviews and reactions, what remains to be seen is whether the film is able to get the ticket windows buzzing at the box office unlike other recent releases.