BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
shropshireshropshire

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Shropshire
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Shropshire

Birmingham
Black Country
Hereford & Worcester
Stoke

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us


Eklavya -The Royal Guard
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Cast:
Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Sharmila Tagore, Boman Irani, Jimmy Shergill, Raima Sen
Film Information:
Contains moderate violence
Length:
1hrs 48mins
Release: :
Friday 16th February 2007 by EROS International
12 certcamera
Amitabh Bachchan as Eklavya The Royal Guard
Amitabh Bachchan as Eklavya The Royal Guard
This tale of relationships, love, greed and betrayal turns out to be an opulent masterpiece from director Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
SEE ALSO

Our Bollywood Previews section gives you all the information of forthcoming films coming soon to a cinema near you.

Bollywood news gives you all the gossip about the films and their stars.

At BBC Shropshire, we have chosen the Top Ten Bollywood movies for this month. These films are well worth a "dekko" at a cinema near you.

Our Bollywood film section has all the information you need, including a guide to local cinema, previews and reviews on the latest releases.

Visit our Film Vault if you want to get a low down on all Bollywood releases for the past year.

Be the first to see our Bollywood Picture Gallery which displays the images of films as they release at your local cinema.

Why not take a look at our Bollywood Buzz which gives you links to pictures of current events and parties taking place in Bollywood.
HAVE YOUR SAY

Get it off your chest on our Bolly messageboard.

Or you can personally contact our Bollywood film specialist, Manish Gajjar, who maintains our Bollywood section at BBC Shropshire: manish.gajjar@bbc.co.uk
PRINT THIS PAGE
View a printable version of this page.
Contemporary India, a majestic fort and a royal dynasty that no longer rules forms the focal point for this Bollywood spectacle. It is a tale of relationships, love, greed and betrayal.

Eklavya is the royal guard of Devigarh palace whose main purpose is to protect its members. But he harbours a dark secret which will affect all concerned.

Jealous king, Rana Jayawardhan, won't allow his wife Rani Jayawardhan die in peace. She's uttering Eklavya's name with her final breath.

Rana's scheming brother Jyotiwardhan and nephew Udaywardhan are plotting against the king.

The arrival of Rana's estranged son, Harsh, after his mother's demise, brings further complications.

But it is Harsh's mentally challenged sister, Nandini, who sets off a chain of events which forms the turning point for this complex tale.

As Jyotiwardhan and Udaywardhan start their devious schemes against the king, a series of grisly events unfold, calling for lower caste police officer (Sanjay Dutt) to investigate.

These include the assassination of the king at the railway crossing amidst a speeding train. The gun shots that ensues causing the camels to run randomly in sheer panic is also an excellent scene.

Watch out for the scene involving the murder of Udaywardhan followed by Jyotiwardhan and nephew Udaywardhan which will make your hair stand on end!

This is director Vidhu Vinod Chopra's best work to date. His meticulous handling of the dialogues, colourful visuals, crisp editing and powerful scenes are worthy of awards.

But at the centre of this intriguing drama is Amitabh Bachchan. He proves that age is no barrier when it comes to brilliant acting skills.

Saif Ali Khan too, has come leaps and bounds since his performance in Parineeta and Omkara. It's a pleasure to watch such an on-screen natural.

But it is Raima Sen in a significant role as the mentally challenged Nandini and Jimmy Shergill in a villainous role which lingers in your mind. These two actors have finally gained recognition for sheer hard work.

As for Boman Irani, he brings some eccentricity into his character as the king although he can go over the top at times.

In its opening weekend, the film has collected
£163,783 on 40 screens, with the per screen average working out to £ 4,095.

A gripping emotional drama, Eklavya is one of the finest works to come out of Bollywood. Makes compelling viewing for every movie goer. A must see!

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Bollywood Correspondent
   
 
Top | Bollywood Index | Home
  LOCAL CINEMA
Local Cinema information
Red bullet point Find out all the information you need about your local cinema. (For Shropshire).
  VIDEO NATION
Video Nation
Local views and experiences on camera and online.
Red bullet point Find out how to take part
Red bullet point Shropshire archive of films
Red bullet point Video Nation homepage
  FILM VAULT
BBC Shropshire Bollywood film vault
Red bullet point Packed full of Bollywood films
  BOLLYWOOD GUIDE
BBC Shropshire Bollywood film  guide
Red bullet point What to watch
  BOLLYWOOD
BBC Shropshire Bollywood news, reviews and galleries
Red bullet point Bollywood film galleries
  MESSAGEBOARD
Shropshire Message Board
Red bullet point The place for local discussion
  CONTACT US
Contact us
Red bullet point BBC Shropshire
2-4 Boscobel Drive
Shrewsbury
Shropshire SY1 3TT
(+44) 01743 248484

shropshire@bbc.co.uk



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy