If you want to read a spoiler-free proper movie review then go here. If you want to read my special opinions and their expressions on this movie then stay!! Hope springs eternal in the human heart. Even after reading Smita’s post, being the avid fantasy lover that I am, I watched Drona with a hope that likes and dislikes are relative and I may like it. But I was proved wrong and how!
So the basic story outline is that the gods after churning the ocean hid the amrit (nectar of immortality) on Earth (read:India) and assigned its protection to a human. This protection would be carried on by his heir and so forth. Now we have Aditya (Abhishek Bachchan) the last heir of this family who is oblivious of his heritage. But as he attains the right age and when he meets Riz Raizada (Kay Kay Menon), a Asur (demon) in human form; he realizes his true identity and the story begins to unfold.
# Is it me or did the villain have more lines to speak than the hero? The hero has done a good job with toggling between the grumpy and the confounded look. As far as I remember he hasn’t smiled anywhere in the movie. Moreover Abhishek can’t emote in sad scenes. Due to so much expenditure on special effects, the hero has worn only 3 costumes in the movie and I suspect the same pair of jeans with different t-shirts!!
# The dad (Amitabh Bachchan) had done a flop movie called Ajooba in a moment of temporary madness and over confidence. Its true that history repeats itself. Is it like buy one get one free offer in Bachchan family? Or does AB’s baby doesn’t get confidence to act if the movie doesn’t star his dad or mom?
# The hero is not at all astonished to find a bejeweled bracelet as a gift from a flying petal!! As if its a commonplace thing to happen. And I feel the idea is lifted from Mummy Returns.
# The heroine, Aditya’s bodyguard Sonia (Priyanka Chopra) moves about in London (it was London,no?) in an yellow car wearing the most weird dress. For a bodyguard, she ends up the same as any typical Bollywood heroine…wide eyed-helpless-fragile-waiting to be saved. And for heaven’s sake a fighter doesn’t wear flowing frilly dresses!! Goldie, go and see Kill Bill.
# The director instead of dedicating one routine song dance number for portrayal of romance, has sneaked in moments of it between action sequences and treasure hunting!! That made me wonder that how romantic does it feel for a guy to hang from a rope with the girl while fighting lots of evil baddies? Instead of a useless song showing Priyanka’s dancing skills to no one specific in the movie, Goldie could have put the routine number.
# I think there could have been better ways to show the evilness of the demon instead of making him create a clone and kill it!! And how did the director manage to convince Kay Kay to play such a role? That too with such a punk hair style?
# We have Riz Raizada’s (such a weird name even for a villain) faceless henchmen which are nothing but a straight rip off from Death Eaters of Harry Potter fame.
# Sets have never looked cheaper. Aluminum foil, plywood and cardboard all seem too obvious. The scene in which bricks move to reveal a path has been entirely copied from Harry Potter. There is also a desi Shangri-La rip off called Raazpur which was just one more crap. The scene with petals, sand dunes and the sea was looking so unreal. Special effects in Indian movies has still a long way to go.
# There are two heirlooms for every protector but it seems the director/story writer forgot about the sword for 2/3rd of the movie and suddenly remembered and included it towards the end. And here too the idea is taken from the legend of Excalibur or the Sword in the Stone.
# Even after having a sword rip through his stomach and entrails, Aditya resurrects due to the blessings of his forefathers and kills Riz but his father couldn’t when he was killed in a well. Does it mean his father didn’t have the blessings?
# The background music of Indiana Jones has been copied and so has been the general idea of treasure hunting. The camera work is very bad at places and the movie even being short going by Bollywood standards, fails to have the pace required for an action+fantasy movie. There are no good songs.
# Lastly there is a hint of a sequel in the end. Oh my god!! Such audacity!
So finally – Agar tumko pagal nahi hai hona, ya fir theater me nahi hai sona, to fir mat dekho Drona. 😆