Kalki 2829 AD Review – How Nag Ashwin founded India’s MCU?

Kalki 2829 AD Review
Kalki 2829 AD Review

Kalki 2829 AD Review

There have been many Hollywood films where the world has turned chaotic and the last hope lies on the shoulders of one individual.

But the most interesting thing to note here is that every time such a movie releases in theaters, we always find it engaging and visually appealing.

Even though the essence of every story is same!

It’s like watching a JCB machine do its job but every time it does its job, everyone around that machine will stand as an applauding audience.

However, this time when I went to the theaters with absolutely no hope, this film surprised me on many counts!

First, it was not a Hollywood film.

Second, it had connections with Hindu scriptures.

Third, its cast was perfectly chosen.

And last, its story was even better than Brahmastra.

Yes, ladies and gentleman I am talking about Kalki 2898 AD.

First of all, I am very happy that this Nag Ashwin directorial proved me wrong. As said earlier I went in with zero hope, I was surprised to see that the movie not only had engaging storyline but its VFX work caught my eye like I had just seen a newborn baby.

Kalki movie story begins with the battle of Kurukshetra in 3000 BC when Lord Krishna cursed Ashwatthama with immortality. In the film, the legendary Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Ashwatthama.

The way the creators have mixed the storyline with Hindu scriptures, it’s nothing less than a proud moment for us.

The entire concept of Kalki 2898 AD lies in the prophesied tenth and final incarnation of the god Vishnu as Kalki. The prophecy being that the god will appear for the last time to put an end to Kaliyuga.

Now this is where I would like to pat on the backs of the creators. Because when the Jabari Tribe of Marvel Cinematic Universe connected their story with Lord Hanuman, it was a dream for me to watch a similar relation in an Indian movie.

Deepika Padukone plays the role of Sumati – the mother of god Kalki.

While her role was of an ailing pregnant woman and did not had much screen time, questioning her acting skills is out of question.

Next the makers have done a very clever job by having Dulquer Salmaan, Disha Patani, Mrunal Thakur and Brahmanandam play some of the crucial roles in the film.

I won’t spoil their roles for you as I want you to enjoy their surprise entries as much as I enjoyed it on screen.

Kalki is one of those movies where the entire story does not stick around one character like a typical Bollywood film. And therefore, you don’t get bored.

Another best thing about the film is the fight sequence between Amitabh sir and Prabhas. The fact that everyone dies with just one strike of Ashwatthama but Bhairava stays in the battle will look pointless in the beginning but why it happens gets revealed in the climax and it is brilliant to watch.

Lastly, the makers won my heart when I saw the fight sequences from the Mahabharat battle. I mean the visual effects were very powerful. More than anything, that scene will have your jaws dropped so hard that you won’t even bother to pick them up.

Although I came out of the theaters with a proud feeling, there are still many things that the makers of Kalki movie must learn.

Number one – the movie did not needed such a big built-up in the first half. This made the movie 30 mins unnecessarily long. For instance, the introductory scene of Bhairava had a 10-min fight sequence with absolutely no goal. If that sequence was kept limited to 3 minutes, it would have been more than enough.

Also, I wonder who did the visual effects for that scene because it looked like they hired an intern to do the job. It was absolute rubbish in all sense.

Next, I understand that Nag Ashwin had so many movies as references but those references were not utilized very well. Let me tell you how –

The name empire from star wars was changed to Complex.

The storm troppers of stars had white dress while the soldiers of complex had black dress. And just like the storm troppers had laser guns, so did the soldiers of complex.

The outskirts of city looked exactly what we have seen in many MCU movies.

I am not saying they were bad but what I am trying to say is that the makers could have made things better and made completely new things. Merely changing the name from empire to complex sounds very childish.

Finally I was happy to see Bujji the flying car and Bhairava’s loyal partner because the makers made it in real but it only caught my attention in the second half where it gets transformed into a beast after an upgrade.

Overall, every good thing about Kalki movie lies in the second half and every faltu-thing in the second half. And just for that, I award Kalki 2898 AD 3 stars!

But this is not the end!

This is the beginning of a new tomorrow – the KALKI CINEMATIC UNIVERSE or the KCU!

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