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The trailer of filmmaker Ashutosh Gowariker’s much-awaited project “Mohenjo Daro”, which brings a story from the medieval world on the silver screen, was launched on Monday and within few hours the trailer has been trending on twitter!!
Written, produced and directed by Gowariker, the epic adventure-romance is set in the city of Mohenjo Daro in the era of the Indus Valley civilisation which dates back to 2600 BC
The trailer is enough to give you a hint of what awaits in this epic saga. In a nutshell, the greed of man plays the devil and is about to destroy one of the oldest civilizations of the world. This is when a young idigo farmer arrives in the city, falls in love with the priest’s daughter and uncovers hidden secrets about Mohenjo Daro
The movie stars Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh in key roles and is slated to release on August 12.
There are enough things about the film you still don’t know about. After all, it is an Ashutosh Gowarikar product, a filmmaker known to keep the details about his projects under tight wraps.
But here’s some interesting information about Mohenjo Daro:
1. It is touted as an “Indian epic adventure-romance” film.
Indian – Epic – Adventure – Romance… It already seems to incorporate enough elements in one film. We just hope it doesn’t become a case of “Jack of all trades, but master of none!” All we are looking forward to is how Gowarikar has woven a love-story within a period drama.
2. It is set in the ancient city of Mohenjo Daro and the story dates back to 2600 BC.
Its plot traces the romance through the cultures and ancient civilisation of Mohenjo Daro. In fact, understanding the demanding filmmaker Gowariker is, he took over three years to develop the film. He even sought the help of seven archaeologists who have been closely involved in documenting the discovery of Indus Valley civilisation for him.
“While the plot will follow the discovery of Mohenjo-Daro and the culture and the vibe of the ancient civilisation, it will largely centre on a love story.” – Ashutosh Gowarikar
3. Hrithik plays an orphan who falls in love with the daughter of his enemy. Heard about it before?
Well yes, the plot doesn’t seem quite new to us. But trust Gowarikar for bringing out the most unique stuff from the simplest of storylines. According to reports, Hrithik plays a young orphaned child who resides with his uncle close to the areas of Mohenjo Daro.
“When he learns that there’s a fair in Mohenjo Daro, he sneaks out of his house and joins the fair with the ambition of becoming a trader. There he meets Pooja Hegde’s character and it’s love at first sight.” – Source
4. Guess who plays the girl’s father and the main villain – Kabir Bedi!
The twist in the simple story comes when the father of our hero’s lady-love turns out to be Kabir Bedi. And he is the same man who was responsible for the death of Hrithik’s father. That’s when the period love story turns into a revenge drama. Knowing how dashing and ever-charming Bedi himself is, we know it’s going to be a clash of drooling looks on the big screen.
5. Replicas of real locations were erected for the film.
Gowarikar visited the archaeological site of Dholavira to take references. Considering the film belongs to a certain period, they recreated the entire site in a film studio. The film’s shooting took place in Bhuj, Mumbai, Jabalpur and Thane.
6. The action bits of Mohenjo Daro are on the lines of Hollywood standards.
Glen Boswell, who choreographed stunts for films like The Matrix has been roped in to train Hrithik. The film has already made news for its power-packed stunts, including many hand-to-hand combat sequences. Some reports say the actor will be fighting a crocodile, a tiger and even bulls in the movie. We hear the scene where he will be taming two bulls (like Rana Daggubati did in Baahubali) in a market place would be crucial because he will meet Pooja’s character of Chaani for the first time.
7. A team from Hollywood has also done the VFX for the film.
Gowarikar roped in Karen Goulekas, one of the most renowned visual effects artists in the world, for his film. And the list of Goulekas’ films include Titanic, The Day After Tomorrow, 10,000 BC, Godzilla and Spiderman. *breath*
8. There is even a love scene inspired by the epic Game Of Thrones cave sequence!
Remember Jon Snow from GoT in his sensuous love-making scene in a cave? Seems like even Gowarikar got inspired from it, and incorporated a similar romantic sequence in his film too! We so want to see how he has associated the cave location with the theme of the movie around the oldest civilisation of mankind.
9. AR Rahman’s background score has already caught our imagination from the teaser.
Hear it to believe it, how Rahman has managed to teleport us to the ancient age with the sheer magic of his music. It’s haunting, intriguing, yet gives a feel that the movie is no less than magnanimous. And we know what a stupendous team Rahman and Gowarikar make. refer to their earlier projects together – Lagaan, Swades and Jodha Akbar. It smells of a grand project!
Check Out Mohenjo Daro Trailer here: