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The Royal Guard (2007)

Eklavya (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 16 February 2007 (India)
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As the kingdom of Devigarh comes apart at the seams, an aging bodyguard attempts to protect the Royal Family, as well as keep its darkest secrets from ever coming to light.

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Vidhu Vinod Chopra
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Credited cast:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Eklavya
Saif Ali Khan ... Prince Harshwardhan
Sanjay Dutt ... DSP Pannalal Chohaar
Vidya Balan ... Rajeshwari / 'Rajjo'
Jackie Shroff ... Jyotiwardhan
Boman Irani ... King Jaywardhan
Jimmy Sheirgill ... Udaywardhan (as Jimmy Shergill)
Raima Sen ... Princess Nandini
Sharmila Tagore ... Queen Suhasinidevi
Parikshit Sahni ... Omkar Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adhir Bhat ... Pedicurist (as Adhir Bhatt)
Swanand Kirkire ... Constable
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Storyline

It has been chronicled in the Geeta that Eklavya wanted to be Sage Dronacharya's disciple in order to excel at bow and arrow shooting, but was refused because of his low caste. He decided to teach himself, and did excel to such an extent that Dronacharya felt threatened that he would beat his ace disciple, Arjun, so he asked Eklavya for his fee - his right thumb, which Eklavya dutifully cut off and presented it to his Guru. Now in modern India, Nishab, whose father was Eklavya, who gave his life trying to protect his master, has now been re-named Eklavya himself, and has been entrusted to guard the lives of Rana Jaywardhan, Ranimaa Suhasinidevi, and their children, Harsh and Nandini, will be called upon to pay the ultimate price, after he learns that his master, the Rana, has been killed. Eklavya, who also carries a dark family secret, slays the two assailants of the Rana, but then in the process also finds out that th! e one who hired them is his very own son. What will prevail - ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Trivia

Sencond film to star Saif Ali Khan - Vidya Balan - Sanjay Dutt together. See more »

Quotes

[the Prince walks in on Eklavya holding the Inspector at gunpoint]
Harshwardhan: Give me the gun.
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Features Parinda (1989) See more »

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Eklavya
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Pranab Biswas
Courtesy of Eros Music
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Not what it should have been
18 February 2007 | by IndianMovieDudeSee all my reviews

Eklavya is a lesson in movie making. It shows you how a bad screenplay can rip apart what could have been a gem.

The flaws are way too elementary and can not be covered by the good performances from Amitabh and Saif and some eye catching cinematography. Too much time wasted on Jackie Shroff and Jimmy Shergil (why were the characters required at all in the script, can some one explain please). Too many clichéd romantic moments between Saif and Vidya Balan, who sleepwalks through her "doormat" character. The dialogues in the second half of the film make you wonder if the writer got tired with the eloquence of the first half and copied the lines from a Lost and Found drama of the eighties.

IMHO, more energy could have been spent on Sharmila's character and Amitabhs relation with her; or his relation with the characters played by Saif and Boman Irani for that matter. Maybe that would have given more grip to the story line which, truth be told, did not justify a full feature.

Eklavya is definitely not the worst that we have seen from Mr Vinod Chopra (remember Kareeb?...well, no one does) but he should still stick to producing movies. There must be better ways of spending the money Munna Bhai series is making him


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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

16 February 2007 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Eklavya: The Royal Guard See more »

Filming Locations:

Bikaner, Rajasthan, India See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$690,423, 18 February 2007

Gross USA:

$1,290,212

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,707,875
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2.35 : 1
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