Rudraksh (2004)

Good and Evil are two sides of a same coin. If good grows in strength so does evil. And there comes a point when either must overcome the other. Mani Shankar’s Rudraksh is story of such duel between the good and the bad.

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Bipasha Basu, Suneil Shetty, Ishaa Kopikkar

“Rudraksh” is a robust, sinuously shot study of morality. It is our own version of “Star Wars” (the scenes between Sanjay Dutt and his screen-father Kabir Bedi echo George Lucas’ outer space odyssey), “Matrix” and “The Lord Of The Rings”.

With such brilliant side effects, the science fiction ”Rudraksh” emerges as an innovative effort and an experiment in the history of Bollywood. No doubt, making a film like this seems difficult from all angles but the effort is appreciable.

If audiences insist on dismissing Shankar’s thesis on the eternal link between earthly life and the cosmos, then they must also stop raving like sycophants about sci-fantasy flicks of George Lucas, Stephen Spielberg or Peter Jackson.

“Rudraksh” compares surprisingly well with these tales of the cosmic dimension.

The script transforms the battle between good and evil into a fascinating character study. Bhuria (Suniel Shetty) is the modern day avatar of Ravan while Varun (Sanjay Dutt), a selfless cool-dude faith healer, is like Ram.

Their conflict, so old and yet so new-fangled in its context and treatment, takes the two characters through centuries of moral and spiritual battles fought over a landscape the director conceives almost like a video game.

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