By Reno Rangan
Two Women’s Efforts from Two Different Timelines to Save Their Loved One
It was in the pre-production for over a decade, before reshuffle and recasting happened with the existing one. It was supposed to be an Indo-Aussie joint production, but later the Belgium production company joined the project. After several hurdles it managed to get completed. It was an Anglo-Indian historical romance-drama, during the British Raj in India about betrayal, coup, revenge and a journey movie. Also simultaneously set in the modern world focusing on an archaeological couple who discovers a lost ancient Indian jewel in a shipwreck. From there the story gets a perfect beginning and later moves back to India.
I don’t understand what’s with the Chinese music when the actual story takes place in 18th century India. It was so good and blends well, but that does define India or Indian culture while narrating its story. If you are not familiar with both Chinese and Indian music, then it’s not an issue at all. But that’s not all, the names are Hindu and the Indian soldiers are wearing Persian costumes, swords and other gadgets.
How the name ‘Dragon’s Throat’ came to Indian geographical area and surname for the Indian characters in a wrong princely state. Like that many things make no sense, especially if you are from that part of the world. I think the research was very poor for making this movie. They should have hired an Indian musician and costume designer with a historian.
“Love has many faces,
and one of them is jealousy.”
The quality was top notch, the cast and their performances were excellent. But I could not stand Bipasha Basu’s facial expressions. She always has a sad face look, so depressing. That is the way her character was developed, so nothing wrong in her display. It was her international debut flick as well, and the launch was so disappointing because the story was very weak, maybe very silly. I have never seen a narration set in ancient India other than in Indian films. Quite amazing locations and convincing visuals that show what the 1700s’ subcontinent would have looked like.
The major problem with this flick is that people can’t get the ending. How the time barrier was broken to pass through another timeline was never explained. The Hindu priest/saint/sadhu who blabbers about space and time was a ridiculous intellectual briefing. So this film owes lots of explanation to the viewers than just entertaining them. I want to favor it, but I also want to be honest. The film was not like I was hoping for, very excited for the merging of historical subject with sci-fi, but it did not stand tall. Thankfully though it wasn’t the worst movie of the year either, I’ve seen even worse for which I felt I couldn’t do a review. I won’t recommend it, but there’s a slim chance that you might like it, so choose it carefully.