• Eklavya: The Royal Guard (2007)

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Release Date: 2007

Not Yet Rated|1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary
The people of an unnamed kingdom are suffering, thanks to the greed and madness of King Jaywardhan (Boman Irani). Meanwhile, the rebellious Prince Harshwardhan (Saif Ali Khan) has spent years living in seclusion, wanting no part of royal life and its treacheries, until the queen abruptly dies. Then a letter informs the prince that his birth father is Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan), a royal guard with legendary aim, who is being targeted for death by the king and his vile brother (Jackie Shroff).

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Jackie Shroff, Jimmy Shergill, Boman Irani, Raima Sen

Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Genres: Thriller, Drama, Action

Production Co: Vinod Chopra Productions

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The main tribute in Guard, however, is to Mr. Bachchan, an aging Bollywood monument (and father of the rising actor Abhishek Bachchan), whose sunken, heavy-lidded eyes, grizzled countenance and noble bearing indisputably convey the presence of a seasoned star. show more

  • Something about Eklavya: The Royal Guard suggests a lost film by David Lean. With some muted echoes of "Hamlet." And a whiff of "Rigoletto." show more

  • Eklavya contains only one song sequence, a lovely set piece for leading lady Vidya Balan (Salaam-e-Ishq), but it embraces the imperatives of dynastic family melodrama as fervently as any classic of Bollywood’s golden age. This is robust storytelling, with blood and thunder pumping through its veins, and real whiskers on its face. show more

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