Om Raut’s Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior starring Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, and Neha Sharma is the first big-budget film of 2020. It is a biopic on Tanaji Malusare, the military leader of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The film narrates the story of Tanaji (Ajay Devgn) who is one of the most trusted men of Shivaji Maharaj (Sharad Kelkar). It mainly concentrates on how Tanaji left his son’s wedding and decided to go on a war against the Mughals to conquer the Kondhana fort. His loyalty towards Shivaji Maharaj and his country comes first for him and it is more important for him than his family.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is written by Prakash Kapadia and Om Raut. The screenplay of the film is very engaging, especially in the second half. The first half of the film basically introduces the characters and the pre-interval portion creates a good build-up for the second half. The runtime of the film is just 134 minutes, so it is short and crisp. The climax is very well shot and there will be a lot of claps and whistles in the climax.
In 2015, Om Raut directed a Marathi film titled Lokmanya: Ek Yug Purush, a biopic on Bal Gangadhar Tilak. Now, in 2020, he makes his Bollywood directorial debut with Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior and he has done a fantastic job here. It is not an easy film to narrate, but Raut has really put a lot of hard work. Also, this film is high on VFX. Mostly each and every scene has VFX in it, and the VFX team gets full marks as they have done a brilliant job.
Talking about performances, Saif Ali Khan stands out in this multi-starrer. He is simply amazing as Udaybhan Rathod. It is clearly one of the best performances of his career. Ajay Devgn as Tanaji Malusare is good and Kajol shines in her part as Savitribai Malusare. We also loved their chemistry and we hope that they do more films together. Sharad Kelkar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is just perfect. He looks like Shivaji Maharaj and has performed wonderfully. Neha Sharma looks gorgeous in the film and leaves a mark with her performance.
The music is quite good in the film. The songs Maay Bhavani, Tinak Tinak and Shankara Re Shankara are very well composed. But it is the song Ghamand Kar (Rarararara…) composed and sung by Sachet–Parampara which stays with you even after the film is over. It is amazing.
Overall, Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a visually grand, entertaining and engaging film. It has everything that a moviegoer wants.
Watch the trailer here…