Aurangzeb ~ Review

Aurangzeb is about a “Son”, “Brother”, “Successor” and “Emperor”. Our Bollywood film reviewer, Faisal Saif provides the low-down on the story, performances, direction and music. Find out if it is one to watch or give a miss.

Sometimes, The Poster of a film tells you the complete story of a film. The Tagline in Aurangzeb’s poster says “Son”, “Brother”, “Successor”, “Emperor”. And the Tagline is given on Arjun Kapoor’s body who also plays a Double Role in the film. So you get to know the suspense of the film automatically.

Aurangzeb also draws many inspirations from Indian films and Hollywood films as well. Don, Trishul, The Departed, The Devil’s Double would be the right examples to name a few. The film’s story is also not unheard. Way back in 80’s and 90’s, Film makers have attempted this story in various screenplays.

The tale is about a real estate developer known as Yashvardhan (Jackie Shroff) and his family, who live in Gurgaon, and are known for illegal activities. Ajay (Arjun Kapoor) is Yashvardhans crew’s most trusted member, and he ensures that no evidence is left after a job is done.

The head of Police Department Ravikant (Rishi Kapoor) discovers Vishal (Arjun Kapoor) who is a look alike of Ajay. The police department then captures Ajay and torture him and sends out Ajay’s lookalike Vishal to Yashvardhan. Vishal joins the crew and becomes an informer, while Ajay is being tortured into snitching all of Yashvardhan’s business secrets.


But the destiny has few dark secrets which are about to explode.

You have already witnessed the story in several other films. The story is very predictable.
The film has good performances by Arjun Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Prithviraj Sukumaran and Jackie Shroff.
Atul Sabharwal shows his potential in the first half, But looses in the second half.
The camera work, (Minus Editing) and production value of the film is good especially because it's been backed by Yash Raj Films.
The Music of the film is good but will not be remembered.
Aurangzeb is old wine in a new bottle which stands out only for the Performances and some scenes. Review Scores by Faisal Saif

Jackie Shroff (After a long period of time) is a treat to watch on the big screen. He is very good as the Powerful and Scheming evil gangster. Rishi Kapoor is awesome as a no nonsense Police Officer for whom the “Duty” comes first.

Arjun Kapoor rocks once again with his superb performance in both the roles. Prithviraj Sukumaran is very good as the cop who is quiet and calm and never loses his balance. Amrita Singh is amazing and powerful. Rest of the cast is equally good.

Atul Sabharwal who has directed and written the film as well shows his command and power over the film in the first half. The first half is full of twist and turns and surprises, But the second half goes totally wrong and haywire. It looks as the second half was made for the sake of just completing a film. As i pointed out in the beginning of the review, The film becomes very predictable in the second half where you start to feel you have seen this film before.

The camera work is very good and goes with the flow of the film. Production value is good as well being a film from Yash Raj Films banner, No compromise has been done here. The Editing required lots of cuttings. There are some unwanted scenes which doesn’t have an explanation in the second hour.

Musically, The film is just okay and the songs will not appeal to the masses. The background score is good.

Aurangzeb is a film which gives you a feel of old wine in a new bottle, If you are still planning to see the film, Please don’t have any high expectations from the film. However, Aurangzeb stands out for actor’s performances.

Faisal Saif is our Bollywood film reviewer and Journalist from B-Town. He has huge passion for everything Bollywood and adores its magic on and off screen. His motto is to "Stand unique and tell Bollywood Stories in a Different Way."