Eklavya: The Royal Guard

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For the character from The Mahabharata, see Ekalavya.
Eklavya: The Royal Guard
Eklavya.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Abhijat Joshi
Screenplay by Abhijat Joshi
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Sharmila Tagore
Sanjay Dutt
Saif Ali Khan
Vidya Balan
Raima Sen
Jackie Shroff
Jimmy Shergill
Boman Irani
Music by Shantanu Moitra
Cinematography Natarajan Subramaniam
Edited by Rabiranjan Maitra
Distributed by Vinod Chopra Productions
Release date(s) 16 February 2007
Running time 138 min
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR250 million (US$4.2 million)[1]
Box office INR420 million (US$7.0 million)

Eklavya: The Royal Guard is a 2007 Bollywood drama film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra which was released in India, Netherlands, the United States, and the United Kingdom on 16 February 2007.[2] It was a flop at Box office[3]

It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen, Jackie Shroff, Jimmy Shergill and Boman Irani. The film marks Vidhu Vinod Chopra's return to directing after seven years.

The film was chosen as India's official entry to the Oscars to be considered for nomination in the Best Foreign Film category for the year 2007.[4]

Plot[edit]

Contemporary India. A majestic fort. A royal dynasty that no longer rules. A king without a kingdom. Yet Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan), their royal guard, lives in a time warp. He lives only to protect the fort, the dynasty, and the king. For nine generations Eklavya's family has protected Devigarh, a centuries old citadel in Rajasthan. His marksmanship is the stuff of legends. His unflinching loyalty inspires ballads. Eklavya has spent his entire life serving the royals and closely guarding their secrets but now he's getting old and increasingly blind. Unable to cope with the suffocating customs of his land, the heir, Prince Harshwardhan (Saif Ali Khan), has stayed away in London. But the sudden demise of the queen, Rani Suhasinidevi (Sharmila Tagore), forces the Prince back to the kingdom he had left behind. The queen leaves a letter for her son in which she tells him that his biological father is actually Eklavya.

The Prince's return brings a rush of joy into the moribund fort. His mentally challenged twin sister, Princess Nandini (Raima Sen), and his childhood love, Rajjo (Vidya Balan), are delighted to see him. But the joy of reunion is short-lived.

There is unrest in the kingdom: Farmers are being stripped of their lands. The king, Rana Jaywardhan (Boman Irani), influenced by his brother, Rana Jyotiwardhan (Jackie Shroff), supports the atrocities being forced upon the helpless peasants. The king receives a death threat over the phone. An irreverent police officer, Pannalal Chohar (Sanjay Dutt), is called in to investigate. But he might be too late. The fragile peace of the land is suddenly shattered by a barrage of bullets. Jaywardhan instructs his brother to kill Eklavya in a fit of rage but his brother betrays him and kills him and his driver (Rajjo's father). And amidst the mayhem, the safely guarded secrets of the fort are revealed.

Eklavya suspects Jyotiwardhan and his son, Udaywardhan (Jimmy Shergill), are responsible for Jaywardhan's death. He kills Udaywardhan and leads Jyotiwardhan to Udaywardhan's body, intending to kill him and fulfill his oath, whereupon Jyotiwardhan reveals to Eklavya that it was the prince who ordered the murder of the king. Shouting in denial, Eklavya kills Jyotiwardhan, knowing he must face the young Prince, his own son, in order to finally fulfill his dharma.

Harshwardhan, overcome with guilt, reveals his own hand in the murder of Jaywardhan to Rajjo, who leaves him because his actions also caused the death of her father. When Eklavya comes to the palace to kill the Prince, he explains why he killed the king. The King had murdered the Queen when she, in her semi-conscious state, kept saying Eklavya's name. Eklavya finally fulfills his dharma, by sparing his son's life and declaring the original Eklavya wrong. Rajjo eventually forgives Harshwardhan because she believes that he is truly sorry for his actions and Pannalal finds a suicide note saying that Udaywardhan and Jyotiwardhan, afraid that they were about to be caught, jumped in front of a train.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Eklavya: The Royal Guard was originally titled Yagna.[5] Production began in early 2005. The principal shooting of the film was completed in November 2005.[6] The primary location for shooting was in Rajasthan, at Devigarh and in Udaipur. According to the official website, shooting took place inside the living quarters of the Jaipur Royal Family. Prince Raghavendra Rathore and Subarna Rai Chaudhari designed the costumes for the film.[7] Eklavya's cottage was built from scratch.

The action sequences were to take place in Egypt but were shot near Bikaner. 600 camels were used in the shoot.[8]

Shantanu Moitra, who was the music director of Parineeta (2005), composed the music for the film.[9] The global distributor for the film is Eros International.[10]

Music[edit]

Eklavya: The Royal Guard
Soundtrack album by Shantanu Moitra
Released
15 February 2007 (India)
Recorded Unknown
Genre Film soundtrack
Length 26:26
Label
Producer Vinod Chopra Productions
Shantanu Moitra chronology
Parineeta
(2005)
Eklavya: The Royal Guard
(2007)
Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
(2007)

The soundtrack to Eklavya: The Royal Guard was released in 15 February 2007.[11]

# Title Singer Time
1 The Revelation Pranab Biswas, Ravindra Sathe 3:25
2 Chanda Re (The Moon Song) Hamsika Iyer 4:36
3 The Gayatri Mantra Theme Ravindra Sathe 2:27
4 Jaanu Na Sonu Nigam, Swanand Kirkire 4:29
5 The Killing Sunidhi Chauhan, Pranab Biswas 4:33
6 The Theme of Eklavya Pranab Biswas 4:28
7 The Love Theme Hamsika Iyer 2:26
8 Suno Kahani (The Legend of Eklavya) Swanand Kirkire 3:22

References[edit]

  1. ^ Budget
  2. ^ "glamsham.com". Release date for Eklavya: The Royal Guad confirmed. Retrieved 30 June 2006. 
  3. ^ "Boxofficeindia.com". Boxoffice verdict. Retrieved 30 June 2006. 
  4. ^ "sheetudeep.com". Eklavya: India's Official Entry for Oscar Award. Retrieved 28 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "indiafm.com". Yagna to Eklavya: The Royal Guard. Retrieved 30 June 2006. 
  6. ^ "indiafm.com". Eklavya shooting is complete. Retrieved 27 January 2006. 
  7. ^ "eklavya-movie.com". Royalty designs for the cast of Eklavya. Retrieved 27 January 2007. [dead link]
  8. ^ "eklavya-movie.com". because of the 800 Indian camels used for action sequence, which would then have had to be exported. Retrieved 27 January 2007. [dead link]
  9. ^ "indiaglitz.com". Shantanu Moitra back for Eklavya. Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  10. ^ "indiafm.com". Eros to distribute Vidhu Vinod Chopra's next. Retrieved 27 January 2007. 
  11. ^ Eklavya CD : movie Eklavya CD songs Eklavya CD film Eklavya CD song Eklavya CD mp3 Eklavya CD lyric Eklavya CD hindi movie Eklavya CD music review Eklavya CD cd Eklavya CD dvd Eklavya CD picture Eklavya CD movie song Eklavya CD"> Audiorec[indian music store]

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