Movie Preview: Eklavya - The Royal Guard ...

By Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

imageContemporary 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 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 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


The fragile peace of the land is suddenly shattered by a barrage of

bullets. And amidst the mayhem, the safely guarded secrets of the fort

are unveiled. What follows is a contemporary, edge-of-the-seat dramatic

action thriller with a stellar ensemble cast – Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay

Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff, Jimmy

Sheirgill, Raima Sen and Sharmila Tagore.

The film marks the return of Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who directs after a

hiatus of seven years.