Go see it for yourself…
I saw it sitting in the front row.
It may be based on the life of Mr.Ambani, but the trio – Mani, Abhishek & Aishwarya – give life a new dimension.
He is a man on a mission – with a definite sense of purpose. His mantra is profit.
It’s a performance his father could not deliver in his heydays.
There is strength in the performances of all the characters, be it Mithunda, Madhavan, Vidya, Ash or the “not so small” B. It’s not a light hearted film – though there are a few moments of that. It’s imperative to view it from the Biographical perspective. Then the understanding settles in and the pathos is not lost. There are serious emotions at play here. Tread carefully.
The story follows the same trail that the business baron traveled in real life… with a few minor cosmetic alterations. A lot has been written about the big man. Some – will now be written about the film.
The music is good – I’m still humming “jaage hain” with a serious intonation.
There are a couple of other great songs – “Barso re” & “Tere bina”. The balance pass muster - but just!
The editing & screenplay is slick and the camera shots are typical Mani Ratnam.
The one shot that I think captures a lot of emotion – is the look , the smile of success that Abhishek emotes when addressing the shareholders at the annual general meeting of the company. It is the smile of a man- whose hard work and dedication is vindicated – not by the cash and the cars – but by the hearty roar of the people who believe in his vision.
All in all – a cannot miss movie for 2007.