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Aurangzeb – movie review

Kingship knows no kinship


This action film has it all – cops, goons, underworld twins, all the bollywood masala sprinkled with bombastic dialogues. It is a story of a family of Policemen… and a family of Gangsters.

Atul Sabharwal’s debut directorial feature has a strong lineup of talented stars like Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Sikandar Kher, Amrita Singh, Deepti Naval, Tanvi Azmi, Swara Bhaskar and it also happens to be a launch pad for Sasha Aagha (Salma Agha’s daughter). Arjun Kapoor of Ishaqzaade fame plays a double role.

The police have been fruitlessly pursuing the idea to nail a Gurgaon real estate kingpin Yashvardhan (Jackie Shroff). There isn’t enough evidence to nab him. Yashvardhan’s son is Ajay (Arjun Kapoor), a gangster whose lust for power knows no bounds.

Top cop Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) stumbles upon a secret about Yashvardhan and comes up with a strategy where Ajay is captured. The cops plant his look alike Vishal (Arjun Kapoor in a double role) in his place, as a police informer in Yashvardhan’s circle.

Gurgaon is the most modern boom-town of “India Shining”, the new frontier to be conquered bythose who understand real estate. This city rose from a small town to a boom town satellite city in just fifteen years.

However the law and order is yet to catch up.

Under the guise of a respected citizen, Yashwardhan (Jackie Shroff) runs a parallel world – a world, where he is the Emperor.

To bring down a criminal… the law will have to now think like a criminal!

When Vishal (Arjun Kapoor) is planted in Yashwardhan’s world in place of Ajay (Arjun Kapoor), the lawmakers (Rishi Kapoor & Prithviraj) roll the dice and a sequence of events unravel – something much more than what Vishal bargained for, as he finds himself in a predicament that puts him to the test!

Aurangzeb is all about a world where Kingship knows no Kinship and where there can be only one Emperor!

The performances of Rishi Kapoor and Arjun Kapoor are the brightest part of this film. Especially Rishi Kapoor, who is an aging police officer, as well a manipulative personality that gives the film its sinister edge. Yet it is Prithviraj, the south super star, who is the surprise factor in this film. Sashaa Aagha looks hot prancing around in bikinis and does some hot scenes with Arjun Kapoor.

The core idea is powerful, it builds up excitingly well in the first half, and then, post interval, it just seems to be messed up.


Arjun Kapoor as Ajay / Vishal
Prithviraj Sukumaran HPS as ACP Arya
Rishi Kapoor HPS as DCP Ravikant
Sashaa Agha as Ritu
Jackie Shroff as Yashwardhan
Swara Bhaskar as Suman
Sikandar Kher as ACP Dev
Amrita Singh as Nina
Sumeet Vyas as Vishnu
Deepti Naval
Tanvi Azmi
Pramod Kumar
Rasika Dugal
Studio YRF Studios
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Directed by Atul Sabharwal
Written by Atul Sabharwal
Music by Amartya Rahut, Vipin Mishra
Cinematography – Karthik Ganesh
Editing by Niraj Voralia
Aurangzeb – movie review