Rating: 1.5/5 Stars (One and half stars)

Star Cast: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh

Director: Ashutosh Gowarikar

Mohenjo Daro Movie Poster
Mohenjo Daro Movie Poster

What’s Good: Hrithik Roshan even with his bronze tan tries to entertain us as Sarman. He is probably the only best thing in the film!

What’s Bad: Mohenjo Daro looks like a costume drama with bad CGI and an absolutely shoddy editing.

Loo Break: Yes! Take long ones.

Watch or Not?: Mohenjo Daro is a period drama that misses the train right from start. The story is too ordinary and it did not need an Indus valley civilization backing to it. This one is easily passable!

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Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) is an Indigo peasant living with his uncle and aunt in Aamli village. After hearing big things about the town where they trade their goods, Sarman convinces his uncle to send him to Mohenjo Daro for trade.

He takes off for the town and seems to have a strange familiarity with the place.

After experiencing the ill-treatment given to peasants by Maham (Kabir Bedi) and his son Moonja (Arunoday Singh), Sarman decides to leave the town.

What changes his mind is, a love at first sight scenario with Chaani (Pooja Hegde). She is the priest’s daughter and considered to be a blessing for the town but is promised in marriage to Moonja.

Will Sarman take on Mooja and Maham to win his love? Also, what connection does he have to Mohenjo Daro is what lies ahead.

Hrithik roshan and Pooja Hegde in a still from Mohenjo Daro
Hrithik roshan and Pooja Hegde in a still from Mohenjo Daro

Mohenjo Daro Review: Script Analysis

Ever since Mohenjo Daro has been announced, there has been ample of excitement surrounding it. Coming up with a script for a period drama that has little historic material can be certainly difficult and one would definitely understand that the makers would require creative liberties for this one.

Although in case of this film, the creative liberties are way beyond one would expect. Script wise this is a highly formulaic film with even a DDLJ element of ‘Palat’ in the love story.

The typical, good vs evil angle is done to death and that is exactly what happens in Mohenjo Daro. For heaven sake, the same story could have been based in 2016 BC Bombay and no one would care.

Not only is the love story stale, also the way the movie starts one could even say it seems inspired from Baahubali where Shiva is excited to climb the mountain and go to other side of the town.

It is funny from where all the writers take inspiration for this film, there is even a ‘iksinga’ (one-thorned horse) that Sarman keeps dreaming about and mind you, this is like a ‘Garibon ka Harry Potter’ co-incidence. It is similar to the patronous that Harry sees.

At start, a different language is used to give some actual historic feel but there are no subtitles given so its just gibberish for the audience.

Gowarikar even repeats his own films, as at one point the peasants are protesting against taxes they can’t pay (remember Lagaan?) and also like in Swades the entire village comes together to generate electricity, here they build a bridge to save themselves of their town which is drowning. Yawn!

Mohenjo Daro Review: Star Performance

Hrithik Roshan is an actor who goes the extra mile for most of his films and he does the same for this one too. He delivers a decent performance in an already botched up script. His action scenes with Bhakar-Zokar are good enough.

Pooja Hegde debuts with this film and well, she does not have much to do other than plastering a good smile on her face. As Chaani, she seems like an ordinary girl, nothing periodic about it other than the costumes.

Kabir Bedi as Maham plans to scare kids with this role. He keeps smirking in weird ways and I now feel he should have borrowed a few bitchy expressions from Esha Gupta’s Rustom character. His over dramatic act puts you off!

Manish Chaudhary plays the priest and Chaani’s father. He does a decent job.

Arunoday Singh too fails to rise above his other performances.

Marathi actresses, Suhasini Mooley and Kishori Shahane give their extra bit of drama with the side characters.

Mohenjo Daro Review: Direction, Music

Ashutosh Gowarikar seems to have a penchant for testing people’s patience. This film is another example of that. After the first frame which states 2016 AD in bold words, there is nothing portrayed ahead that backs it.

In the first fifteen minutes itself, I was scared of what lies ahead since the film opens with the much-talked about crocodile scene. The special effects are so poor that you can’t help but get disgusted by it.

Further, the film’s characters look like they are stuck in a role-playing act where they have to play dress-up. 2016 B.C had gladiators as footwear and here I am still trying to save up to buy a good pair of them. Damn! I need to go back.

Chaani’s headgear is a better version of the Snapchat filter and more often than not it looks like she is wearing a bird’s nest on her head.

The long shots that show the planned city as history states it are also of poor quality. I wish Gowarikar had consulted Rajamouli before doing this.

The entire action sequence with the hideous names of the Bhakar Zokar is quite decently helmed and probably the only saving grace in the second half.

In spite of claiming to have cut down the film’s run-time, this seems like a never ending affair. First half is bearable, but the second half really tests your patience. The climax sequence of the drowning city is another case of bad CGI.

The sets look magnificent but with no substance in story, it is a waste.

A R Rahman’s music suits the film’s setting but does not help to make it bearable.

Mohenjo Daro Review: The Last Word

Mohenjo Daro is a major failure in terms of both history and execution. I’m going with a 1.5/5 for this film.

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Mohenjo Daro releases on 12th Aug, 2016.

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42 COMMENTS

  1. this reviewer is suitable to watch happy new year ……stop reviewing movies….mohenjo daro is superb ……mesmerizing ……hrithik at its best….

  2. Earlier I was planning to watch Mohenjo Daro but now going by this review i dropped my idea and will watch RUSTOM now.
    Koimoi.com is very honest in its reviews.

  3. Simplicity in first half and action in second half.. well balanced.
    Shocking opening that before even ppl sit down.. a croc attack fight.. to the soothing.. mother Ganga.. it’s gonna get WoM..

    I want this film to do a profitable business and to prove that the ugly group-ism cannot destroy talent.

    Good Luck HR & AG.

  4. koimoi.com created a fake a/c named xyz and comment it by nugging itself… haha
    jao jakar public ko pucho.. u gt ur ans dat mohenjo daro should get 1.5 or atlst 4..

  5. Get a grip lady. I hope you were expecting documentary. I suggest go make a film first and then criticise. It is easy to type things and publish than going through all stages of making film and deliver.

  6. Comment:koimoi i am really disappointed on your site..md is a really good film and you r giving only 1.5/5..go to hell..

  7. Probably d best film in d world…
    I think… even critics will do plaudit
    Mohenjo Daro is … Remarkable… Outstanding… Excellent… Fab… Fantastic… Awesome… Tremendous…. & so on

  8. Do Indian Janta wanna see how Sindhu river was, all we were and how Ganga mata made all we are today.. ?

    Does the film end where it does? Have we ever dared to go back as many years as 5000?

    Do we accept that our civilisation was so advanced in ancient times..

    Good Luck HR & AG.

  9. Surely its a paid review by KOIMOI. Koimoi team you should give fair review for any movie.
    Mohenjo daro is really an awsome movie. Brilliant film in all Respects. Another GREAT DIRECTION by Ashutosh Gowarikar. Mindblowing Performance by Hrithik Roshan. Fabulous performaces by Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi and other supporting actors. Action sequences are really good. Excellent music work by A R Rehman. MUST WATCH movie. Don’t miss it.

  10. Absolutely right…
    It is 4.5 star movie…
    A definite Blockbuster….
    Awesome acting by HR…
    Superb background music…
    And high quality fight scenes…
    But lack in VFX…
    AWARD WINNING PERFORMANCE BY HRITHIK…

  11. I think tune daru pike movie dekhi h aaj k bad teri site pe kabhi ni aunga. ..frendz ye bkwas kr rhi h
    Movie is good 4 star out of 5

  12. above guys give their comments as they are well known of films’s every part and insult to the person who gave the review but I would like to say if you like this movie it means it is a good every film is good or bad depend on collections because it shows that how much people like it so wait how much it earn on 1st day and till how many days it will run………just wait and watch and you all people like then go to watch for 100 times but can’t stop any one for review………. must remember

  13. This review from Koimoi is not a surprise at all,
    as most of the time they do the same to Hrithik’s films as he doesn’t belong to any group. He is a one man army who believes in hardworking and being professional… This review is absolute rubbish.. I have watch #Mohenjodaro and it’s awesome.. The critic
    here has suggested for long loo breaks.. just to tell u the audience who were watching all of them were stuck to their seats.. So stop spreading negativity.. It’s the best performance by Hrithik so far.. and a good movie…

  14. Mohenjodaro is an experience for all movie watchers. Just see the film and you will feel proud to see ancient Indian History. The second half is mind blowing. Just watch Hrithik doing his scenes so brilliantly. Those who have said that the film is boring are actually lying.

  15. Comment: I am a huge fan of HRITHIK ROSHAN and i watched the this movie 1st show of 1st day. i felt little bit disappointment as the flim is not to the expectation. 2nd half is nice compare to1st half, actually its a average film. one time watch deserves it but i want better than this as m a HUGE FAN of HRithik. Waiting for best movie.

  16. if u don’t know how to judge a movie then
    …. plz don’t give movie reviews … mohenjodaro is actually a fine film with excellant vfx scenes …

  17. Who made this disgusting person a reviewer ???? Don’t know how to review a film….just get lost…Mohenjo-Daro was the best of the best….just a seat strucken film ….like any other Hrithik Roshan film…..a must watch for every person….And those persons who r taking out historical faults just go and take admission in history honours college…. don’t try to be historian…this film was only to entertain….

  18. I m hr fan this is not a brialliant movie it could be much better but this is not a bad movie it is more than 3 star movie great acting by hr.
    U give 2.5 star to dishoom which is a rubbish
    Movie plz don’t give fake reviews its matter for many audiencss

  19. The Movie is Awsm and I hope u guys will like after watching it.
    You can enjoy the movie worthly without any gap of interest towards the movie.

    Awsm acting by hrithik roshan.

  20. Mohenjo daro is Far far better than Rustom. Of course I have gone to watch the movie from theatre but not to the school or college to study the history. Whoever has given those type of stupid reviews about the film is nothing but mad.

  21. What false review are you giving to people i saw the movie mohenjodaro is excellent movie n by the way dont give anything rating i just want to laugh at the person who has given this review ?? contact me you expert reviewer ?

  22. I just loved the Movie Mohenjo Daro, all the movie and Hrithik lovers should watch it once.. and now i am very dissapointed with Surabhi Redkar the (reviewer). you people are just misguiding us.. i have lost all the faith on koimoi reviews. i mean what kind of taste u ppl hav and what do u expect from the movies?? its a grt movie and u go and eat some shit, u will enjoy. Bikaau Koimoi

  23. It seems fake review, its really good movie as having enough entertainment stuff as action, drama, comedy, romance, picturisation, special effects etc with historical background.

  24. naturally like your web site however you need to take a look at the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I in finding it very bothersome to tell the reality however I’ll surely come again again.

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