EKLAVYA - THE ROYAL GUARD
Duty Versus Right
Release Date: February 16, 2007
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt,
Saif Ali Kahn, Vidya Balan,
Jackie Schroff, Jimmy
Shergill, Boman Irani, and
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Vinod Chopra Films
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Executive Producer: Anil Davda
Producer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Writer: Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Abhijit
Address Comments To:Vinod Chopra Films Pvt. Ltd.
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In modern Indian society, the caste system is disintegrating and along with it the role of royalty. In EKLAVYA: THE ROYAL GUARD, the King of Rajasthan is no longer the powerful ruler he once was, but he is still guarded by the aging Eklavya. Eklavya is still driven by a powerful sense of dharma, even as the king shows himself to be less and less worthy of respect. As the queen lies on her deathbed, she calls again and again to speak to Eklavya. Rather than comply, the King strangles the queen. The king discovers that his son and daughter were actually fathered by Eklavya because he could not have children. He plots to have his loyal guard killed. This leads to an abundance of twists and turns in the plot, and dharma clashes with reality and justice.
The acting, photography and other production qualities in this movie are excellent. American audiences may not appreciate the scene of public cremation of the queen but the language is clean, the violence is not graphic, and there are no sex scenes or references to drugs or alcohol. There is some dishonesty in the police department, supposedly justified by the wickedness of some who were killed. While the movie contains subtitles mentioning “God,” the concept of God is not Judeo-Christian.
The truth is we are all born with a duty to serve God, but to be a true servant of God is to be set free from bondage to sin and empowered to light the world with love and righteousness. We can rejoice that our duty is to obey one who is perfect, forgiving, loving and righteous. It would be a horrible thing to feel an absolute duty to obey someone wicked like the king of Rajasthan.
The acting and production are excellent. The language is clean, the violence is not graphic, and there are no sex scenes or references to drugs and alcohol. Some dishonesty in the police department is supposedly justified, however. Also, while the movie contains subtitles mentioning “God,” the concept is not monotheistic or biblical. We can rejoice that our duty is to obey a loving God rather than someone wicked like the king of Rajasthan.