Eklavya: The Royal Guard
|Eklavya: The Royal Guard|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Vidhu Vinod Chopra|
|Produced by||Vidhu Vinod Chopra
|Screenplay by||Abhijat Joshi
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Saif Ali Khan
|Music by||Shantanu Moitra|
|Edited by||Rabiranjan Maitra|
|Distributed by||Vinod Chopra Productions|
|Box office||₹38 crore|
Eklavya: The Royal Guard is a 2007 Indian mystery drama film directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra which was released in India, Netherlands, the United States, and the United Kingdom on 16 February 2007. It was a major box office disappointment as per the distributors and exhibitors.
It stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Sharmila Tagore, Sanjay Dutt, Vidya Balan, Raima Sen, Jackie Shroff, Jimmy Sheirgill and Boman Irani. The film marks Vidhu Vinod Chopra's return to directing after seven years.
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 Sheirgill), 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.
- Amitabh Bachchan as Eklavya
- Sanjay Dutt as Inspector Pannalal Chohar
- Jackie Shroff as Rana Jyotiwardhan
- Saif Ali Khan as Prince Harshvardhan
- Vidya Balan as Rajjo
- Sharmila Tagore as Rani Suhasinidevi
- Boman Irani as Rana Jayvardhan
- Jimmy Sheirgill as Prince Udaywardhan
- Raima Sen as Princess Nandini
- Parikshat Sahni as Rajjo's father (Omkar)
- Pankaj Jha as a peasant villager
Eklavya: The Royal Guard was originally titled Yagna. Production began in early 2005. The principal shooting of the film was completed in November 2005. 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. Eklavya's cottage was built from scratch.
|Eklavya: The Royal Guard|
|Soundtrack album by Shantanu Moitra|
15 February 2007 (India)
|Producer||Vinod Chopra Productions|
|Shantanu Moitra chronology|
The soundtrack to Eklavya: The Royal Guard was released on 15 February 2007.
|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|
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