Prassthanam 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings

Prassthanam 2019 Movie Reviews & Ratings

Prassthanam is director Deva Katta’s adaptation of his 2010 Telugu directorial with the same name. The story revolves around MLA Baldev Pratap Singh (Sanjay S Dutt) and the complex relationships within his family in a highly volatile political setup. Together, can they defeat their enemies or perish within their own battles?

Political films, based in the hinterland, have a strong chance at the box office, especially when made in a massy way. Sanjay Dutt who has had a rough time at the box office ever since his new innings in Bollywood post his release from jail is now back with Prassthanam, the Telugu remake of the 2010 film of the same name. The original was loved for its plot, concept, and performances.

MAGAMUNI MOVIE REVIEW

Prassthanam 2019 Movie Review

Political rallies, exit polls, powerful families and unscrupulous netas surrounded by sycophants – welcome to the election central of India (read Uttar Pradesh). And one of the most influential leaders here is Ballipur’s, Baldev Singh. He is aided by his morally upright and charismatic half-son Aayush (Ali Fazal). He is the heir apparent, much to the chagrin of his younger step-brother Vivaan (Satyajeet Dubey), who is a rich spoilt kid and a rabble-rouser with a violent streak.

prassthanam

prassthanam

All these men are bound by one woman, Saroj (Manisha Koirala), Baldev’s wife. The complex family dynamic forms the crux of the story, which also draws inspiration from our epic tales Ramayana and Mahabharata.

While there isn’t much novelty in the story itself, the director and screenplay writer Deva Katta infuses quite a few twists to keep you engaged, especially in the second half. The first half is mostly spent on introducing the many characters of the film. Some of them are not even relevant to the story, like Aayush’s love interest played by Amyra Dastur. Neither her chemistry with Ali Fazal nor her track has any bearing on the overall narrative. Among the other female characters, Manisha Koirala is cast in a crucial role, but with very less screen time or scope to perform.

Her character barely shows any authority within the otherwise male-dominated household. Jackie Shroff as Baldev’s loyal driver Badshah also doesn’t get to explore his full potential due to poor writing. Sanjay Dutt is impressive in his role as a determined leader and a vulnerable father. But it’s Ali Fazal who makes the most of his well-written character. He exudes an easy charm as a young political leader and a responsible elder brother. Satyajeet Dubey is slightly over-the-top but believable. Chunky Pandey appears as the only formidable opponent in the film.

prasthanam bollywood movie

prasthanam bollywood movie

The dialogues by Farhad Samji are often too filmy and funny and they don’t always fit into the moment. Prassthanam manages to hold your interest in parts due to its fast-paced developments. But it also suffers from the usual pitfalls like unwanted songs and just too many conflicts, happening all at once. In conclusion, Prassthanam is a tried and tested political potboiler with power, greed, and emotions at its core.

BAILWAAN MOVIE REVIEW

Prassthanam 2019 Movie Story

The story of Prassthanam is set in a contemporary political family in Lucknow. Deeply layered, it deals with complex questions on dharma, morality, desire, right and wrong.

Prassthanam is the story of family, trust, and betrayal in a lawless land. 25 years ago, in Ballipar, Shiv (Anuup Sonii) has stood for elections against a violent rival. The rival stabs Shiv during a rally, resulting in his death. Shiv’s father is an ex politico who is distraught by the demise of his son. He tells his most trusted aide, Baldev Pratap Singh (Sanjay Dutt) to take over the reins and also to take care of Shiv’s wife Saroj (Manisha Koirala) and his two children.

prasthanam actors

prasthanam actors

Baldev agrees but not before eliminating the rival candidate who killed Shiv. Baldev is helped here by his closest confidante, Baadshah (Jackie Shroff). Baldev marries Saroj and this angers Shiv’s daughter Palak. But Shiv’s son Ayush looks up to Baldev. Baldev and Saroj give birth to a son, Vivan due to which Palak further feels alienated. The story then moves 25 years forward in the present day. Baldev has been a four-time MLA and is busy with the upcoming elections.

He recently got a stay order on land that is being illegally usurped by a cunning businessman, Bajwa Khatri (Chunky Panday). Palak (Chahatt Khanna) is now a doctor and is happily married and also has two kids. She has completely broken contact with Saroj and Baldev and she only is in touch with Ayush (Ali Fazal). Ayush still has respect for his stepfather and dutifully works under him.

Baldev is so happy with Ayush that he’s made it clear that he will be his heir. Vivan (Satyajeet Dubey) is infuriated with this bond as he feels he’s the biological son of Baldev and hence he is the rightful heir. Baldev, however, realizes that Vivan is not cut for politics and advises him to study abroad and then handle his hospitality business. Vivan revolts and due to his hot-headed nature ends up insulting Asma (Divinaa Thakur), Baadshah’s daughter who’s also the manager in Baldev’s hotel.

Baldev is aghast with Vivan’s behavior and tells Ayush to apologize to Asma which he does. He also tells Ayush to train under Asma and he agrees. While working together, both get close. One day, Baldev is shot by assailants belonging to Bajwa who wants to avenge the loss of his land.

Baldev survives and gets second thoughts about fighting elections. But Ayush takes care of everything and ensures that Baldev signs the nomination papers. Baldev gets wholehearted support from locals and hence, the party assures that he’ll become the state home minister after winning the elections and that Ayush will be youth president. Vivan revolts but Baldev shuts him up. Vivan ends up drinking and creating a scene in the hotel. Asma tries to control the situation but he ends up drugging and raping her.

When he and his friends escape from the hotel with Asma, their car meets with an accident. They decide to finish Asma and try to pass it off as a road accident. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

prasthanam bollywood

prasthanam bollywood

Deva Katta’s story is promising on paper as the film touches upon issues of how all is fair when it comes to politics. The Machiavellianism bit comes across well. Deva Katta’s screenplay (with an additional screenplay by Farhad Samji) is also effective, especially in the first half.

But the film is devoid of entertainment in the second half and gets too violent. A few sequences are also unconvincing at this point. The pre-climax puts some things straight but the anti-climax finale spoils things. Farhad Samji’s dialogues are acidic and even clap worthy.

Positive Points Of The Movie

  • While there isn’t much novelty in the story itself, the director and screenplay writer Deva Katta infuses quite a few twists to keep you engaged, especially in the second half.
  • The first half is mostly spent on introducing the many characters of the film.
  • Some of them are not even relevant to the story, like Aayush’s love interest played by Amyra Dastur.
  • Neither her chemistry with Ali Fazal nor her track has any bearing on the overall narrative.
  • Among the other female characters, Manisha Koirala is cast in a crucial role, but with very less screen time or scope to perform.

Negative Points Of The Movie

  • Her character barely shows any authority within the otherwise male-dominated household.
  • Jackie Shroff as Baldev’s loyal driver Badshah also doesn’t get to explore his full potential due to poor writing.
  • Sanjay Dutt is impressive in his role as a determined leader and a vulnerable father.
  • But it’s Ali Fazal who makes the most of his well-written character.
  • He exudes an easy charm as a young political leader and a responsible elder brother.
  • Satyajeet Dubey is slightly over-the-top but believable. Chunky Pandey appears as the only formidable opponent in the film.
  • The dialogues by Farhad Samji are often too filmy and funny and they don’t always fit into the moment. Prassthanam manages to hold your interest in parts due to its fast-paced developments.
  • But it also suffers from the usual pitfalls like unwanted songs and just too many conflicts, happening all at once.

PRANAYA MEENUKALUDE KADAL MOVIE REVIEW

Prassthanam 2019 Movie Final Verdict

In conclusion, Prassthanam is a tried and tested political potboiler with power, greed, and emotions at its core.

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