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All of his life, Adi (Abishek Bachchan) was the underdog, forced to
work double shifts at his mean auntie's grocery store in Prague - until
one day, when he wanted nothing more than see a magic show at his
birthday, he suddenly finds himself on the run from the henchmen of
magician Riz Raizada (Kay Kay Menon), is saved by lovely amazon Sonia
(Priyanka Chopra), and learns that he is in fact the mythical warrior
Drona, who alone can protect the secrets of absolute power from falling
into the hands of Raizada, who wants to make himself ruler of the world.
here on, Adi/Drona and Sonia embark on a quest to find the secrets of
absolute power, which are somehow hidden within Drona's most valuable
possessions, his horse, his shadow (= Sonia) and his sword. Thing is,
Raizada always seems to be a few steps ahead of them, and sometimes, he
even uses them to solve the riddles leading to absolute power for him without their knowledge - and
ultimately, he also takes Sonia captive.
This all leads up to an
explosive sword duel in the middle of the desert ... where Raizada slays
Drona. Drona's powers however are exceptional, and even though lethally
wounded, he manages to somehow come back to life, create an earthquake by
simply stomping his foot, and ultimately slaughter Raizada, saving the
world in the process ... and of course, he gets the girl as well.
possibly, this is not the most intelligent movie, not even the most
intelligent genre movie you have ever seen. In fact, Drona is a
rather silly, simplistic and clichéd piece of fantasy cinema. That said
though, Drona is also great fun, featuring plenty of well-staged
action sequences - from car chases to fights in and on top of a speeding train to
extended sword duels -, a plot that, silly as it is, does not insult the
audience's intelligence, well-done (if not perfect) special effects used
scarcely enough to not get in the way of the narrative, and a cast that
helps to bring the story to life. Add to this a fast paced yet
light-footed directorial effort, and you've got - well, not a perfect
movie, but good escapist entertainment.