BOLLYWOOD – Two families at war, trying to avenge what had transpired in the past, has been the plotline of numerous Bollywood films. Add to it the gangster vs cops saga, dramatic story of twins separated at birth and several other subplots set in the concrete jungle of Gurugram, the-then Gurgaon, and we have Arjun Kapoor’s Aurangzeb. Starring Rishi Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Anupam Kher, Sikander Kher, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Tanvi Azmi, among others, Aurangzeb is an interesting blend of several Bollywood plots, served with unexpected twists.
Bollywood’s love affair with family feuds is not new. Long and complicated family battles have always enticed cine-lovers to step out of their homes to watch the film in the theatres. Atul Sabharwal’s Aurangzeb is based on the same plot, with a battle between a family of policemen and a family of gangsters at the centre, unfolding over almost three hours, but all the while ensuring that the audience is up for a plot twist every other minute in the film.
The fight is for the real estate throne. Yashwardhan Singh (Jackie Shroff) is a real estate mogul in Gurgaon. He runs his empire unscrupulously under the garb of legitimate businesses. A family of policemen, including Ravikanth (Rishi Kapoor), his son Dev (Sikander Kher) and nephew Arya (Prithviraj Sukumaran), hold Yashwardhan responsible for getting Ravikanth’s brother, Vijaykanth (Anupam Kher), suspended from the police force. After Vijaykanth’s death, the family of policemen decide to destroy Singh and his son, and thus ree Vijaykanth of fake corruption charges.
Unlike many Indian films that lack script, Aurangzeb is a full-bodied story. From start to finish, the plot twists have been introduced impeccably, which are supported by the impressive cast and effective performances. During the course of the film, different characters take turns channelling their inner Aurangzeb and thus defining why the film has been named after the historical Aurangzeb – the ruler of the Mughal Empire for 49 years. Aurangzeb is considered one of the most shrewd and cruel Mughal rulers who snatched the richest throne in the world in 1658, after imprisoning both his father, Shah Jahan and brother, Murad.