Harappa and Mahenjo Daro, we knew as the oldest civilization set up in the Indian subcontinent through eternal history lessons from childhood, which got destroyed without leaving a clue about the cause of this destruction, as even modern day technology could not decipher the Indus Script. This film is made with an intention to throw some light on the mystery, with loads of imagination mixed with some real historical facts and archeological items. In short, Mohenjo Daro depicts an non-proved reason behind the end of Indus era, combining it with a story of love, lust, revenge and heroism.

Sarman (Hrithik Roshan), a young farmer in Amri, a village, where he does the bravest of works, regularly dreams of an unicorn watching at him with a mysterious music which his paternal aunt often hums. He has some unknown affinity towards the then capital city of this civilization – Mohenjo Daro, and visits there for indigo trading after some strong resistance from his uncle and aunt. Visiting the city, he feels this city is known to him very well, but can’t recall why.

Sarman meets the head priest’s daughter Chaani (Pooja Hegde), who is respected by everyone in the town as the blessing of Ma Sindh (Goddess of Indus River), and falls in love with her. After he saved her from a rage of horses, she also falls for him, but as already the sly dishonest chief of the town, Maham (Kabir Bedi) decided her marriage with his son, a devilish Moonja (Arunoday Singh), the fights begin.

Maham’s greed for gold under Indus River influences the construction of a dam on the river, causing several drying up in the poor villages, and this also counted for a major natural disaster, which is portrayed as the fall of the civilization in this movie in the climax. Can Sarman win his love, can he get all the missing links about his real identity, can he bring an end to the dictatorship of the kingdom, and finally, can he save the common men from the disaster which caused the ruins, currently situated in Larkana, Sindh, Pakistan? Please visit the halls to complete your curiosity.

Although some scenes, VFX works and historical miscues were illogically funny, but I won’t agree with the extra bit of criticism done by some newspapers. Hrithik Roshan did his part very well, and the research and hard work of Ashutosh Gowariker Productions Pvt. Ltd. could provide us enough entertainment, posing in the year 2016 BC! A.R. Rahman was magical with the music, and the shooting sets in Bhuj, Gujarat, were created very efficiently, to complete a perfect reconstructed view based on the ruins of Mahenjo Daro. I’d give a 7 out of 10 to this movie

Just for fun, some destruction and sacrifice scenes were ‘Deja Vu’ regarding to Hollywood chart-buster 2012!

Resham Das


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