• June 2, 2020
‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ movie review

Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior – another movie to inform us that the Marathas were so fantastic! Clearly we can not hold it against them, can we? Ajay Devgn’s 100th movie sees him essaying the role of the courageous Maratha warrior Tanhaji Malusare, among the closest aides of Shivaji Maharaj. The Kondhana fort was of strategic significance for the then Mughal ruler to reinforce his grasp to the southern base of India.

Shivaji Maharaj delivered Tanhaji to catch it and Aurangzeb delivered Udaybhan Rathore aka Saif Ali Khan to defend the fortress. The first narrative concerns the valour of Maratha commander Tanaji Malusare, who left his son’s wedding to shield the Kondhana fort near Pune out of Aurangzeb’s Rajput overall Udaybhan Singh Rathore. Tanaji emerged victorious with the assistance of a loyal force and an intrepid iguana called Yashwanti, but expired in the deal.

“Aurangzeb ne Hindu ko Hindu se bhidaya (Aurangzeb has pitted Hindus against Hindus)” states our narrator, and so while the conflict is between the courageous Maratha along with also a faithful Hindu aide of the Mughal ruler the depiction and its visual representation is obviously clearly”us versus the barbaric other” Udaybhan is about maniacal anger, random killings, and can be painted in colors of black. Saif really definitely channels his inner Ranveer Singh motivated Khilji-ness. There’s a scene in which Saif even succeeds to some rousing number, and you just can not ignore the similarities.

The film rewrites the destiny of a few of the personalities, but keeps the ballad-friendly soul of Tanaji’s feats. Tanaji’s name has an”h” and a backstory that nudges him sainthood. Tanhaji is a loving husband to his wife Savitribai (Kajol) and also a proud soldier at Shivaji’s military. When Shivaji (Sharad Kelkar) wants Tanhaji’s aid, he easily abandons his national duties and straps onto the armour.

The color coding in Tanhaji is as delicate as Udaybhan’s antics — he’s almost always dressed in dark. Tanhaji, on the other hand, is clothed in ivory and deep maroon, but his favourite shade is bhagwa, or saffron.


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