It is the story of a fiercely fought election campaign, where money power and corruption are the accepted norms, and where treachery and manipulation are routinely used weapons. As the personal drama of these conflict-ridden characters unfolds against this gritty backdrop, love and friendship become mere baits, and relationships get sacrificed at the altar of political alignments. The darkness that rises from their souls threatens to envelope all that they hold precious. Until eventually, in the crescendo of increasing violence, the line between good and evil blurs, making it impossible to distinguish heroes from villains. Raajneeti is the story of Indian democracy. And its ugly underside. It is about politics. And beyond.Wikipedia
`Raajneeti' could have been the film of the year. It had the potential, and the actors, but it comes together only intermittently. This is not the Prakash Jha who has made some of the most politically resonant films in Hindi cinema.
The film starts off aggressive, turns into a game of toppling pawns, and ends up a farce as Kunti meets Karan and the audience dissolves into giggles. Jha's films, while often flawed nearing the end, usually provide some sort of grass root insight; this one pretty much dares you to take it seriously. Don't even try.
Raajneeti is as exhausting as it is compelling...
Take time out for a serious and compelling celluloid experience. Don't miss Raajneeti.
...makes a sweeping impact. A truly admirable effort, this brilliant film is not to be missed.
An interesting portrayal of political ambitions. Keeps you engrossed.
Watch it for Ajay, Arjun, Nana and Manoj; Ranbir's stunning portrayal and Katrina's coming-of-age. The rest of Raajneeti will put you off politics forever.
...is not just a film that opens up the tattered edges of Indian politics. It dares to walk right into the muck with restraint, vigour and some sensitivity. The film has some outstanding cinematography by Sachin Kumar Krishnan. The camera seems to be looking into places in the characters' psyche that perhaps even the screenplay isn't aware of.
This almost 3-hour affair doesn't slacken but doesn't keep you waiting for the next move either. Because somehow there's a foregone conclusion given the epic characters the film is based on.
Audience Reviews for Raajneeti
Good attempt, but overall, a damp squib...
Watching political drama films is not in my routine list. Thus my review may not appeal to each and everyone. It's true that Prakash Jha is a master at making Political films, but its also true that he faltered to handle such a sensitive subject.
Raajneeti is a predictable political revenge saga that has no soul in itself. The positive efforts of the film are overshadowed by damp writing, poor direction, and of course, a very 'political' type of routine screenplay.
The film starts off well. Till the interval, many things go well. However, a poorly scripted second half just doesn't impress.
Talking of the performances, every actor, except Katrina, gives an immensely powerful performance. Rather, performances are the only redeeming feature of this film. The music is charming, but was however, not just needed at all. The cinematography is excellent. The climax of the film is well scripted.
Talking about what's not good in the film, its obvious that a poor writing and characterization kills the film. Although you see Naseeruddin Shah in all posters prominently, you don't get to see him for more than 2 or 3 minutes. Ranbir Kapoor's character is the worst scripted. One is lost in translation, thinking whether his character is positive or negative. There are various moments where you realize that the film's canvas was very big and the subject could have been exploited better. But, the film falls short of all the expectations one makes from this film.
But, there are a few scenes, which really deserve praise. The sequences involving Ajay Devgn are simply the best ones. Apart from this, there is nothing you can expect from this film.
On the whole, Raajneeti is a film that never takes itself seriously in terms of doing justice to its subject, but does take itself too seriously in terms of being a "Raajneeti" as a bad film. If you like such political revenge sagas, watch it, otherwise, avoid it with no regrets. Heavily disappointing.
A Well Made Movie.. With Big Ensemble Cast It Goes Well, And Sticks To The Point