Movie Review – Drona

I read a rave review of this movie in the Sunday Express and had great expectations.

I was not totally disappointed though. The graphics and production value is much higher than the average Indian film. No rough cut-out surrounding the flying characters, no obviously super-imposed figure against a starry/cloudy sky and definitely no morphing of a character into another with bright light.

The movie is good too, if you don’t mind watching a full fantasy story a la Paheli style.

Aditya, is an orphan left with strangers who ill-treat him. But he does not know his illustrious heritage. The story has its base in Hindu Mythology.

Amrita, the nectar of everlasting life, is guarded by generations of Dronas for centuries. Asuras try to capture it all the while in various avataars according to the era they’re in.

How this new age Drona realises his powers and fights evil with a luscious body-guard by his side, is the story.

Its like watching a desi mix of Harry Potter, Spiderman and Matrix.

But the adaptation is definitely a good one. Its good to see rich Indian mytholgical stories put to good use, at last!

Abishek Bachchan has done a great job. So has Priyanka Chopra.

But why did they have to cast Jaya Bahchan? It is so cliched to have a real mom as the reel mom!

And one more jarring note is the wimpish spoilt brat who makes life miserable for Drona in the beginning of the movie. Why did he have to bear a strong resemblance to Shar Rukh Khan?  I’m sure there are more mature ways to handle competition.

And KK ruined his great acting by drawing inspiration from Jack Nicholson from Batman .

The special effects are outstanding. The sand-image of his forefathers is just brilliant.

The art direction is fab too. Would have been better if they ‘d cut down on the sequins.

And what I also liked is that they don’t specify any location. It starts off in a London-kind-of-place and goes to a palace in Rajastan (I think).  Rocky cliffs,  oceans, deserts and many such landscapes offer great backdrops for all the fights with evil, black-hooded men. The ras-pur is a great example for art and special effects. A Wild-West train chase complete with a horse is worth a mention.

I would have enjoyed the movie more if they’d not dragged the second half so much. And had cut down on the songs. None of the songs gelled with the story.

Bottom line: A fantastic visual treat if you leave your logic at home and overlook the obvious reference to the Hollywood movies mentioned above.



  1. maxdavinci said,

    October 9, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    yup the songs were out of place except for the lullaby when he meets his mom I felt. And yea its a good start for indian cinema, for we have vast potential in mythology and it isnt explored. I’ve heard that they’re makingn the sequel but I hope they make it a bit less cheesy.

    the weird hair styles of both abhishek and KK didnt work, also the puppets!

    watched both drona nad kidnap back to back on the same day, but didnt wanna review both together. this weekend perhaps!

    I actually checked your blog for a review before writing one myself! Anyways, I shall wait for the weekend! 🙂 A sequel?! I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  2. October 10, 2008 at 3:20 am

    To watch or not to watch, that was my question! I found the answer – to watch. I’m trusting your review on this. Good to know Bollywood is experimenting on Indian mythology in a contemporary manner. I’ve seen innumerable versions of the epics on film in Telugu from the 50s, 60s and 70s, some masterpieces, them.

    🙂 Lots of my friends hated the movie!! Hope you don’t curse me after watching it! 🙂

  3. buddy said,

    October 10, 2008 at 4:42 am

    i envy u!
    u work and still have all the time to read all the rave books and see phillums
    not phair. me sulks
    nice review, though..i like it too when locations are not specific in movies…
    will try to catch drona

    thanx! but don’t envy me.. it takes me months to finish a book! and i’ve missed so many great movies.. wednesday, welcome to sajjanpur to name a few.. 😦

  4. maami said,

    October 11, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Drohi! Poyum poi Drona poi paarthutu vandiyei!

    Hehe.. But it was not bad! 🙂

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