It becomes a little difficult to decide whether to watch a particular film or not when so many films release with similar period-action-drama genre and that too with not so much of a gap in between them.
My two main reasons to go for this one were, 1) when I discovered that Saif Ali Khan is in the film and was ecstatic upon realization that he is playing the villain, Udaybhan Singh Rathore. I was confident in him after his astonishing and wild role in his previous film, Laal Kaptaan; 2) It surpassed the first day business of Chhapaak by almost 4 times, which completely shook me.
First things first, the reason Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior deserves all the praise and what made it a worthy watch are the supporting actors, Luke Kenny (as Aurangzeb), Padmavati Rao (as Rajmata Jijabai), Shashank Shende (as Shelar Mama), Devdatta Nage (as Suryaji Malusare), Ajinkya Deo (as Pisal), Neha Sharma (as Kamla Devi), Nissar Khan (as Beshaq Khan), Hardik Sangani (as Gondya), Arush Nand (as Raiba), Dhairyasheel Golap (as Shirubhau), Nilesh Lalwani (as Tatya) and Vipul Gupta (as Jagat Singh). This doesn’t happen very often in films, when the lead actors are outdone by the supporting cast. However, beyond a shadow of doubt, Saif Ali Khan comes out victorious, as an antagonist, here in terms of each and every aspect of a performance.
A few things about the motion picture troubled me slightly, which weren’t given much attention to. Ajay Devgn (Tanaji Malusare), Kajol (Savitribai Malusare) and Sharad Kelkar (as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) who were the leads of such a big film (Ajay‘s 100th film, most importantly) couldn’t perfect one Marathi accent? Prakash Kapadia, the dialogue and co-writer of the script, just added a few words in Marathi language for them to show that their well-versed the language? Plus, Devgn‘s performance slowly elevates as and when the flick progresses instead of giving you a power-packed start-to-end thunderstorm. Wasn’t he the hero? Kajol and Sharad are outstanding throughout.
Not much of attention was given to Tanaji‘s brother, Suryaji Malusare and uncle Shelar Mama, whereas, in the actual story they had a pivotal roles in the Battle Of Sinhagad. Well, even scenes were altered as per director (Om Raut), writers (Om Raut & Prakash Kapadia) and cinematographer’s (Keiko Nakahara) convenience.
Lastly, let’s get to the music department. Ajay–Atul and Sachet-Parampara were responsible for the tracks, which were not too bad. The odd thing was that the theme of one of the songs was being used as the background score which really proves their lack in creativity. Besides, the overall background score was lousy. In addition to this, I’d like to give full points to visual effects. A little bit of accuracy in the screenplay would have taken this film onto the next level.