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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Dubbed: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dancing Dolphin Llc
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040PMVHQ

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hopfinger on September 19, 2010
Format: DVD
The Hindu epic Mahabharata and the American film classic 'The Godfather'--both gripping stories about corrupt family dynasties and the power struggles within them--are the basis for 'Raajneeti,' a thriller about down-and-dirty regional Indian politics. The film is not about political views or agendas, but rather, behind-the-scenes jockeying for control of a political party. And oh, is it cynical. While the film succeeds at turning something as plodding as political maneuverings--even lurid ones--into a dramatic epic, the characters are largely too despicable and unsympathetic for audiences to care who wins. The actors make them riveting villains at least.

The story follows the Pratap family and begins with Bharti, a high-ranking mainstream politician's daughter, who joins a leftist group led by Bhaskar Sanyal (played by Naseeruddin Shah), with whom she has an affair. After Bhaskar vanishes, she gives birth to his son, Sooraj, who is taken from her by her brother Brij Gopal (Nana Patekar). Bharti marries into the Pratap family and has two more sons: Prithvi (Arjun Rampal) and Samar (Ranbir Kapoor). Unbeknownst to anyone, Sooraj is raised by none other than the Pratap family's chauffeur. Once he reaches adulthood, Sooraj (Ajay Devgan) challenges the Prataps for leadership while their party is in disarray, going up against Prithvi and taking sides with Prithvi's wronged cousin Veerendra (Manoj Bajpai).

If anyone thought Rampal's impressive performance in 'Rock On!!' (2008), which earned the model-turned-actor a prestigious National Film Award, was a fluke, his turn here as the ruthless Prithvi puts those doubts to rest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amit Talpade on August 11, 2010
Format: DVD
Prakash Jha has directed many movies and most of them were about the political and family strife that exists in Uttar and Madhya Pradesh except if my memory serves me right the exception was Hip Hip Hurruay. Rajneeti is in the same vein and it explores the political aspirations and shenanigans of career politicians in the North. It is also inspired from the Hindu epic Mahabharata and to a certain extent the Gandhi family. To attempt a film like Rajneeeti is not easy because not only does one have to manage such a huge star cast but also the logistics of shooting in crowded areas for political rallies. The only other director that has successfully done that would be J. P. Dutta. Besides the massive cast, the length of the movie was a concern it clocks at almost 3 hours. If one wants the audience to sit through a long movie, the movie must be very well edited and riveting from the go. So does Rajneeti have it in it to suceeed?
Rajneeti is about the games people in power play. Bahskar Sanyal (Nasseruddin Shah) is a leftist leader who is riding high in popularity and has begun to pose a serious challenge to the elite in power. However he makes a mistake which hides a secret which is revealed much later in the movie and starts a self imposed exile. The story then shifts to the present day and warring rivalries between two cousins, Arjun Rampal ( Prithvi ) and Veerendra ( Manoj Bajpayee) who are desperate for power and will stop at nothing. Veerendra chooses Sooraj ( Ajay Devgan ) to become the head of the minority and backward classes and contest an election when his own family has put him in to the corner.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Protik Basu on January 20, 2012
Format: DVD
Ok, this is a review that I had been wanting to write ever since I saw it. In that time, I saw, much to my surprise, that it has become a grosser...I wonder why...

But first of all my impression. It is plainly apparent that Jha is a big fan of the Godfather series and that he has borrowed heavily from the movie (he admitted as such - he used the word `inspired' not borrowed though). In the mixture, he also put in themes from Mahabharata.

For someone who has literally grown up on the cult classics like the Godfather (both the movie and the book - both masterpieces in their own right), `Rajneeti' proved to be a sort of a farcical déjà vu.

Scenes have been lifted unapologetically from the movies - the hospital scene, the horse head scene , the killing of the traitor in the car, the shooting of the don, the car bomb scene which effectively combined the Sonny shooting scene and the death of Pacino's pregnantwife, the transformation of the reluctant youngest son to the ruthless don...though none of them came close to the drama of the original

It was really too much. He should have just labelled the movie - `Rajneeti - Godfather scenes included' or something. I don't quite fathom how someone like Jha could stoop so low to become akin to Anu Malik of direction. Either he thinks that the Indian audience wont care that the movie that they are seeing is a rip off (in which he seems to be dead right) or that the majority have not seen the original or both...unfortunately, he seems to be right...

The question to be asked is - could one relate to it? A police inspector slapping the member of the one of the most powerful political families in India?A gang-war happening within a political party which ends up decimating everyone?
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