Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Om Raut|
|Produced by||Ajay Devgn|
|Written by||Prakash Kapadia|
|Screenplay by||Prakash Kapadia|
|Story by||Prakash Kapadia|
Saif Ali Khan
|Narrated by||Sanjay Mishra|
|Edited by||Dharmendra Sharma|
|Distributed by||AA Films|
|Box office||est. ₹152.26 crore|
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a 2020 Indian Hindi-language biographical period action film starring Ajay Devgn, Saif Ali Khan, and Kajol. Directed by Om Raut, the film is set in the 17th century and based on the life of Tanaji Malusare, who was the military leader of Chhatrapati Shivaji, founder of the Maratha Empire. The film depicts Tanhaji's attempts to recapture the Kondhana fortress once it passes on to the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb who transfers its control to his trusted guard Udaybhan Singh Rathore.
Principal photography commenced on 25 September 2018, and the film was theatrically released in 3D and conventional theatres in India on 10 January 2020. It received positive reviews from critics, who highlighted the action sequences, performances and visual effects but criticised the filmmakers of historical revisionism to pander to a right-wing Hindu nationalist political climate. As of 16 January 2020, Tanhaji has earned ₹152.26 crore (US$21 million) worldwide.
After losing his father in an attack, Tanhaji grows up to become Maratha Emperor Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's military leader. As Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb seizes the strategic hill fortress Kondhana in order to make it the Mughal base of Southern India from where he could extend his empire, Shivaji, who gave away the fortress as the part of a peace treaty, tries to hide this from Tanhaji whose son is going to get married. When Tanhaji discovers about this, he sets out to stop Aurangzeb's trusted soldier Udaybhan Singh Rathore from reaching the fortress and taking control of it as per his king's orders.
- Ajay Devgn as Tanaji Malusare
- Saif Ali Khan as Udaybhan Singh Rathore
- Kajol as Savitribai Malusare
- Sharad Kelkar as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
- Luke Kenny as Aurangzeb
- Padmavati Rao as Rajmata Jijabai
- Shashank Shende as Shelaar Mama
- Devdatta Nage as Suryaji Malusare, Tanaji's brother
- Neha Sharma as Kamla Devi
- Ajinkya Deo as Chandraji Pisal
- Yuri Suri as Mirza Raje Jai singh
- Vipul Gupta as Jagat Singh
- Jagannath Nivangune as Tanhaji's father
- Trisha Patil as Tanhaji's mother
- Hardik Sangani as Gondya
- Nissar Khan as Beshak Khan
- Prasanna Ketkar as Sarnaik
- Kailash Waghmare as Chultiya
- Harsh Sharma as Young Tanhaji
- Ranav Sharma as Young Suryaji
- Arush Nand as Raiba
- Dhairyasheel Gholap as Shrubhau
- Nilesha Lalwani as Tatya
- Pramod More as Leader of Gondia
- Bhagyashree Nhalve as Suryaji's wife
- Devendra Gaikwad as Raiba's father-in-law
- Rajesh Ahir as Raja Sangram Singh
Marketing and release
Earlier marketed as Taanaji: The Unsung Warrior, it was revealed on Twitter by Ajay Devgn that the film will be known as Tanhaji. In December 2017, the release date of Tanhaji was revealed as 22 November 2019 but was postponed to December 2019 due to shooting problems. On 1 January 2019, director Om Raut released the first-look image. The official posters of the film were released throughout November 2019.
The film was theatrically released in 3D on 10 January 2020.
Anupama Chopra of FilmCompanion noted it to be a un-nuanced retelling of history right out of Amar Chitra Katha comics, that blended historical spectacles, nationalism, and hyper-masculinity. The storytelling, soundtracks, costumes, and individual performances were specifically praised. Rahul Desai noted it to be a slick work which was but marred by an extensive saffronisation which sought to exploit the political climate in India.
A review over The Hindustan Times noted it to be a magnificent work, which had exceptional individual performances, a captivating story-line and excellent video-effects. Namrata Joshi of The Hindu noted of the film to have started off well, before floundering in the middle but regaining brilliance at the end, delivering a catharsis and adrenaline rush. Uday Bhatia of The Mint noted it to be a silly cartoon history, which borrowed its physics from Prince of Persia but nonetheless consisted of fluent actions and interesting individual performances.
Poulomi Das over Arre noted Tanhaji to be a funnily hyper nationalistic action thriller, that purveyed a uni-dimensional revisionist history and sophisticated Islamophobia. Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV noted it to be a historically inauthentic work that ironed out any and all nuances in its portrayal of a saffronized Hindu-Muslim binary; however, he noted the overall production to be crisp and backed by powerful individual performances. Tanul Thakur of The Wire noted it to be a work that had excellent cinematography but was intensely buoyed down by its ahistorical religio-nationalist propaganda, catering to the overall saffronisation of India.
Shubhra Gupta over Indian Express noted it to offer a "simplistic, dressed-up slice of the past" that painted hyperbolic tales of Maratha bravery with a Hindu fervor. Sukanya Verma of Rediff noted it to be a mythical retelling of history with a bout of saffron fervor; individual performances and choreography of combat sequences were praised. Rajeev Masand noted it to be a dubiously stereotyped fictional work, which appealed to the hyper-nationalistic climate but had robust filmography, visceral battle scenes, and superb individual performances. Stutee Ghosh of The Quint noted it to be a visually stunning film with strong individual performances, despite its broad liberties with historical accuracy and problematic prejudices.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||8 January 2020|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Shankara Re Shankara"||Anil Verma||Mehul Vyas||Mehul Vyas||3:31|
|2.||"Maay Bhavani"||Swanand Kirkire||Ajay-Atul||Sukhwinder Singh & Shreya Ghoshal||4:18|
|3.||"Ghamand Kar"||Anil Verma||Sachet–Parampara||Sachet Tandon & Parampara Thakur||4:42|
|4.||"Tinak Tinak"||Anil Verma||Sachet–Parampara||Harshdeep Kaur||3:54|
Tanhaji earned ₹15.10 crore at the domestic box office on its opening day. On the second day, the film collected ₹20.57 crore. On the third day, the film collected ₹26.08 crore, taking total opening weekend collection to ₹61.75 crore.
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