Rajneeti is a combination of the great Indian epic, Mahabharta and a bit of life of Sonia Gandhi. As in Mahabharata, here too we have two brothers whose sons are fighting for political power
(chief minister’ post). The younger brother has two sons, Arjun Rampal and Ranbir Kapoor while the elder brother has Manoj Bajpai as his son. When the elder brother suffers a stroke. the younger one takes charge much to the dislike of Manoj Bajpai who considers himself the rightful heir of his father’s post. Here begins a bloody battle of power which leads to a number of political games being played by both party. Manoj Bajpai finds support in Ajay Devgan while Ranbir Kapoor rises to bail his brother out of a difficult situation when their father is killed. The battle continues and takes twists and turns throughout.
It is interesting and a gripping storyline that keeps the audience engaged throughout the movie. Performances from the lead characters are commendable. Manoj Bajpai is good as ever. Arjun Rampal surprises with his performance and Ranbir Kapoor is remarkably restrained. It is his finest performance till date. From the harmless brother who never had political ambitions and wanted to stay peacefully in New York to becoming the biggest threat for his rival, Ranbir portrays every shade of his character effectively. Sometimes he appears to be a simple next door guy and at yet other moment his political manipulations make him a negative character. This is specially visible in the way he treats his childhood friend Katrina Kaif.
Talking about Katrina Kaif, she does not have as big a role as was expected by all those who thought this was a movie based on Sonia Gandhi’s life. The resemblance to the leader’s life is only in the fact that she has to assume political responsibility after her husband is killed in a bomb blast. She is good in her role.
Nana Patekar plays the role of Lord Krishna who acts as the political mentor of Ranbir Kapoor while Ajay Devgan, as the half brother of Ranbir Kapoor, plays the role of Karna. Naseeruddin Shah, in a small role, comes and goes. It is disappointing to see an actor of his caliber in a role that could have been performed by any other actor. Frankly, he should have been given a role which was much better and could have done justice to his talent.
Songs do not have any place in this movie and thankfully the director has not inserted even a single song in this political drama.
Rajneeti is a good watch and can be definitely seen again. Go and watch the movie if you still haven’t seen it.