THT Talkies : Fantasy world sans thrill

Drona

Genre: Adventure/ action

Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Kay Kay Menon and Jaya Bachchan

Director: Goldie Behl

Being screened at theatres near you

Kathmandu:

Mystery, magical powers and action — these are the things that make a fantasy adventure movie work and keep you on the edge of your seat. Drona has all these elements, but still there isn’t that X factor that gets you hooked on it.

Aditya (Abhishek Bachchan) lives with his uncle and is treated as a servant by his aunt. But his uncle keeps telling him that he is special which Aditya finds hard to believe. Whenever he is sad, a blue rose petal comes flying down to lighten his mood. Then things get even worse for him after his uncle’s death.

Suddenly his life goes topsy-turvy when he comes face to face with a magician named Riz Raizada (Kay Kay Menon). He meets strangers who know him, among them is Sonia (Priyanka Chopra) who saves his life. Through Sonia, whose mission in life is to protect Aditya, he comes to know about himself — his identity, family background and the motive of his life. She takes him back to his home, and his journey to find himself and his destiny begins. But in this journey he has to fight the evil magician Riz who wants to take over the world.

With Drona, it is proved that Bollywood has reached to Hollywood’s level in terms of special effects. If only the rest of the movie were as convincing as the special effects! The storyline is good but the screenplay isn’t strong enough and there is no thrill at all. The romantic angle between Sonia and Aditya is also unnecessary.

It is very hard to digest Abhishek as a superhero; his physique isn’t good and he looks rather uncomfortable when he takes those ‘superhero postures’. Priyanka looks stunning and carries the role of a warrior quite well. She has even managed action sequences with grace.

Kay Kay Menon has always been appreciated for his realistic and subtle acting skills, but in Drona he is this loud character and is at times a bit irritating.

The songs in the movie pop out of nowhere and slow down the movie even more. Besides the special effects, it is the cinematography and the sets that stand out. Sameer Arya has captured the beautiful foreign locales and the action sequences with equal panache. The opulent sets have created an interesting world of fantasy in a very impressive manner.

Drona is worth a watch for the special effects and sets, but on the whole the movie doesn’t leave a mark and is quite forgettable.