One of the world’s earliest cities has been brought back to life in one of Bollywood’s newest films, Mohenjo Daro, which re-imagines life in 2016 BC in an Indus Valley civilisation whose walls, streets and citadel can still be seen today.
Indian director Ashutosh Gowariker recreated the city to stage an epic romance that is also a tale of the fight between good and evil, in the grand Bollywood tradition.
“I like telling untold stories and I feel that about this civilisation, not much has been said,” Gowariker said.
“I thought, why not weave a story based on the findings of all these archaeologists, and try and do it to the utmost sincerity and honesty. Keep the fact as much as you can intact, but also weave in fiction, because only then can a story be told, and a cinematic story too.”
Mohenjo Daro, in modern-day Sindh province in Pakistan, is a World Heritage Site, one of the best preserved in South Asia. There, visitors can see a well-planned city built of unbaked brick dating back to the beginning of the third millennium BC.
From the director of 2002 Academy Award-nominated Raj-era movie Lagaan, and starring acclaimed Indian actor Hrithik Roshan, Mohenjo Daro is expected to be one of the biggest movies out of Bollywood this year.
Roshan, who starred in Gowariker’s 2008 hit 16th-century love story Jodhaa Akbar, said he had been relieved to find the filmmaker was on top form.
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“He is just as insane about and passionate about his films as he was, and I think he always will be,” said Roshan, who was injured while performing his own stunts for the film.
“Before we started the film ... we had spoken of this. If he and I don’t make a film like this, then this kind of film will never be made. And if we don’t do it now, we’ll be too old to do it at a time in the future,” he said.
Mohenjo Daro is showing in HK on August 12 and 13 at 9.40pm, and August 14 at 5.20pm at GH Whampoa. Call Cineworld on 2368 2947 to book tickets.