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Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)

Eklavya (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 16 February 2007 (India)
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.

Director:

Vidhu Vinod Chopra
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Cast

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
Parikshat Sahni ... Omkar Singh
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adhir Bhat ... Pedicurist (as Adhir Bhatt)
Swanand Kirkire 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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kingdom | king | fort | prince | duty | See All (28) »

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The Royal Guard


Certificate:

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Details

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:

$812,262, 18 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,100,762, 25 February 2007
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Vinod Chopra Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

India's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

Quotes

[Eklavya escapes the King's attack on his life]
Rana Jaywardhan: [screaming in rage] EKLAVYA!
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Connections

References Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Chanda Re
Written by Swanand Kirkire
Composed by Shantanu Moitra
Performed by Hamsika Iyer
Courtesy of Eros Music
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Classy movie with brilliant performances
19 February 2007 | by movie_freak_dubaiSee all my reviews

Is it me or has Bollywood really stepped up to a new level these past two years. Performances, locations, directors, make-up and art direction are entering new heights of excellence. While this movie is not perfect, Kudos to Vinod Chopra and his production team in providing the cinema going public with a classy movie. Great locations, great back ground music and powerhouse yet subtle, nuanced performances make this a great watch in the cinema.

Bollywood actors seemed to have learned how to underplay and downplay the usual melodrama to give performances that leave a lasting impact. The Big B does not really have much dialogue but his protective and watchful presence can be felt throughout the movie even when he is not in the scene. Now for the Vinot Chopra regulars - After a good performance in the disappointing salaam namaste, saif has been cranking out great performance after performance ( being cyrus, omkara) and Eklavya is no different. He really holds his own against the big B. The supporting cast are all wonderful - Boman Irani was powerful, Jackie had a strong menacing role which was ably suppported by Jimmy Shergill, Vidya Balan mesmerizing as always. Raima Sen and Sharmila Tagore were effective and of course the always excellent Sanjay Dutt in a small role that lightens the mood somewhat.

Yes the movie does have a huge star cast but in my opinion the true stars of this movie are the director Mr. VV chopra and the astounding palace/fort location used for the film shoot.

This movie can be considered a novelty in Bollywood and I feel it deserves to be watched. It looks as if Yash Raj films, VC films and to a small extent RGV films seem to be at the forefront of Bollywood film making in terms of excellence, profitability and risk taking.


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