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Politics (2010)

Rajneeti (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 June 2010 (India)
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When the American-educated scion of a powerful Indian family returns to the subcontinent, his first taste of power starts him down a corrupt path.


Prakash Jha
7 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Ranbir Kapoor ... Samar Pratap
Ajay Devgn ... Sooraj Kumar
Nana Patekar ... Brij Gopal
Katrina Kaif ... Indu R. Sakseria / Indu P. Pratap
Arjun Rampal ... Prithviraj 'Prithvi' C. Pratap
Manoj Bajpayee ... Veerendra 'Veeru' B. Pratap (as Manoj Bajpai)
Naseeruddin Shah ... Bhaskar Sanyal
Sarah Thompson ... Sarah Jean Collins
Nikhila Trikha Nikhila Trikha ... Bharati R. Rai / Bharati C. Pratap
Darshan Jariwala ... Ramnath Rai
Shruti Seth ... Rashtrawadi Party Worker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vinay Apte ... Babulal
Singh Bhupesh Singh Bhupesh ... Krishna
Barkha Bisht ... Dancer
Dhananjay Galani


Belonging to a prominent Uttar Pradesh-family of ruthless politicians, Samar Pratap is about to return to his Irish-American girlfriend, Sarah, in the U.S. and obtain a PhD, but cancels his trip when his father, Chandra, is shot dead. He decides to stay put and avenge this slaying but ends up dealing with aspiring politician, Indu Sakseria, who wants to wed him; his brother, Prithviraj, who has been granted control of the Rashtrawadi Party but is facing imprisonment on charges of Assaulting a Police Officer and Sexual Molestation; his cousin, Veerendra, who wants control of the party; and his astute maternal uncle, Brij Gopal - who secretly controls the entire family. Before he could even handle these situations, Sarah arrives in India and will soon accuse him of being a manipulative and conniving politician. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Politics...and Beyond


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


The story draws parallels to the epic Mahabharata where shades of Arjuna (Kapoor), Karna (Devgn), Krishna (Patekar), Bhima (Rampal), Duryodhana (Bajpai), and Draupadi (Kaif) can be seen in the characters portrayed. See more »


In the hospital where the defibrillator paddles are being used, others are still touching the patient. See more »

Alternate Versions

The UK release was cut, the distributor chose to make cuts to remove scenes of strong violence and injury detail in order to obtain a 12A classification. An uncut 15 classification was available. See more »


References The Godfather (1972) See more »


Dhan Dhan Dharti - Reprise
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Wayne Sharp
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan
Courtesy of Sony Music India
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A Must Watch!
4 June 2010 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Mahabharat returns in Prakash Jha's 'Raajneeti'. This one is a Masterstroke! Jha makes a film about politics, it's players and it's history.

What works the most for 'Raajneeti' is it's inspiration. Jha and Anjum Rajabali's screenplay is water-tight, the first hour, especially, is fantastic. It's a winner, because it's a drama that creates an impact of it's own. Jha's direction is superb, and performances are award-worthy. Despite, a running time of over 2 Hours and 30 Minutes, this film is a must watch!

Jha and Rajabali's screenplay is water-tight, Jha's direction is superb. The Performances: Manoj Bajpayee is fantastic. He is sure to take away all the awards in the Supporting Actor category next year. Nana Patekar is, as always, flawless. Ranbir Kapoor is wonderfully restrained. Ajay is good, but he deserved more scope. Arjun Rampal is superb. Naseeruddin Shah in a cameo, is effective. Katrina speaks Hindi, and does a fair job. Nikhila Trikha is excellent. Shruti Seth is good. Others are perfect. The Camera-Work is killer.

'Raajneeti' is not to be missed. 2010 brings it's first power-packed venture! Two Thumbs Up!

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Release Date:

4 June 2010 (India) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bhopal, India


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Opening Weekend USA:

$850,244, 6 June 2010

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