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Drona

India 2008
produced by
Shristi Behl, Iqdal Kidwai (executive) for Rose Movies, Eros International
directed by Goldie Behl
starring Abishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon, Priyanka Chopra, Jaya Bachchan, Tatána Fischerová, Conan Stevens
screenplay by Goldie Behl, Jaydeep Sarkar, music by Dhruv Ghanekar, special effects by David Bush

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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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.

From 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.

 

Very 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.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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