Royal Utsav

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Another dud.

Submitted: April 11, 2009

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Five movies have released this week despite the producers- multiplexes strike. In retrospect, none of them should have been released. Coffee House, Ek Se Bure Do, Pal Pal Dil Ke Ssaat, Royal Utsav and School Days. Lack of publicity and largely unknown starcast leaves no impact on the fewer audience that graced the multiplexes.
 
One could see stray dogs after the last show. Maybe even they wouldn’t have seen these movies even if they had been offered free tickets. After watching the last of the five duds, Royal Utsav, I was wondering if more canned stuff will come out in coming weeks. Be assured, it will not be reviewed. This is a torture watching and even more torture writing.
 
There is nothing to write about but write I must. Maybe better sense will prevail on wannabe directors not to make such nonsensical movies. It is nice to experiment and some movie experiments have resulted in fun or thoughtful fare. But please don’t experiment with audience senses.
 
Royal Utsav is a historical fare (!). There is nothing royal about it except the word royal. Claiming to be in line with Jodha Akbar, nothing could be far from the truth. Alexander the Great will be squirming in his grave were he to watch this flick based on him. He comes across as a caricature on screen. With nautanki costumes and still unnatural acting with unknown actors, it was a hair-tearing experience.
 
Director Ravi K Patwa says “RU is being made with a budget of Rs 10 crores in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu. Everything – art, costume, music, story etc has been well researched. The sets are too magnificent to describe. The film's theme is 'love doesn't know any boundary'. I have tried to show that if two hearts confluence, there will be no borders and love will rule the world. To make the film interesting, I have even taken a little bit of liberty and put in Alexander the Great's reincarnation in India."
 
Producer Anju R  Patwa says, "RU takes you back to 400 BC. It tells you the story of Alexander the Great, who having won the then known world, wanted to win India which was his last frontier but his army refused to move any further. Somehow he manages to win Kashmir but from there he is forced to retreat and on his way home he dies. His dream of conquering the whole of India remains only a dream as he believed that India being a different country could be won by the power to love instead of the power of the sword that he possessed. I have taken some cinematic liberty and set out to show that Alexander is reborn, returns to India and marries Rani Rupmati. "
 
Can anything be further from truth? One can take liberties with History but it should be convincing. All we come across is travesty of truth. Reading the above, you can know what the movie is all about. No review can be done as this flick is beyond any review.
 
Vikram Kumar, Tripta Chopra, Ariek, Katharin, Antra Vishwas, Charu Arora, Monalisa, Sudesh Beri, Khalida and Abhshiek Sharma are the actors (have you heard of them?). Screenplay and Dialogues are by Qamaruddin Falak. Sahil Rayyan's lyrics have been composed by Vishnudeva. The film has five songs. Cameraman is Jishwar Bidri. 
 
You can get the tickets at anytime but this flick won’t last after its first show. The sooner it is gone, the better. Or shall I say Good Riddance Of Bad Rubbish!
 
Some things are best left hidden. These duds shouldn’t have seen the light of the day.
 
Banner: Athrava Arts/Fantasy
Producer: Anju R Patwa
Director: Ravi K Patwa
Star Cast: Vikram Kumar, Monalisa, Sudesh Berry, Master Abhishek Sharma, Tripta Chopra, Antra Vishwas, Charu Arora
Singers: Pamela Jain, M. Salamat
Cinematography: Ishwar R Bidri
Screenplay/Dialogue: Qamaruddin Falak


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