Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior is a biographical period action-drama film. It tells the tale of the gallant Tanhaji (Ajay Devgn), the general to The Maratha Emperor, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj (Sharad Kelkar) and how he stopped the Southern Indian from Mughal Invasion by Aurangzeb (Luke Kenny). The tragic battle of Sinhagad from the 17th Century has been portrayed in this recently released film.
Tanhaji Malusare commits to free his country out of the reigns of the Mughal rule in front of his dying father. He is later shown becoming a close acquaintance to King Shivaji and his military leader. He is a vigilant person, filled with the love for his nation and wants to keep the Maratha swaraj flag flying high. He is later made to face Udaybhan Singh Rathod (Saif Ali Khan), a Rajput who is the commander for Aurangzeb’s army, who is extremely merciless and cruel.
This period drama contains a brilliant usage of VFX, which will surely change the level of Hindi Cinema. Heavily choreographed war stunts are precisely synchronised with the intense background music produced by Ajay-Atul, making it an audio-visual treat. The action sequences set the pace of the film. The film contains a lot of experimentation with VFX, camera angle and narratives which have proved to be incredibly successful.
Om Raut has debuted as a director through this film. The filmmaker definitely knew what he was doing as he managed to maintain a perfect pace of emotion and drama, without one overpowering the other. Ajay Devgn is extremely convincing as Tanhaji Malusare, who is so devoted to his motherland that he even puts his Son’s wedding on hold to fight off evil Mughal invaders. Kajol has portrayed the role of Savitribai, the wife of Tanhaji, who proves to be his strength. The power packed performance given by the actress goes so well with the plot that her limited screen time doesn’t seem like a drawback. Saif Ali Khan shines bright as the gruesome Udaybhan, as it might be one of his most outstanding performances. The actor has added several layers to his role, one of them being suddenly breaking into something comical after depicting chaotic madness. He then breaks into a baleful laughter which has added ferocity to his character.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior brings out a tale of history that deserves to be told. It will be successful in creating a sense of embracement among the audience towards their culturally rich heritage.