There have always been films made in Bollywood over politics and the audience also likes them. Now under the banner of Sanjay Dutt’s production house, a similar political film ‘Prasthanam’ has been made, which is an adaptation of the film made in 2010 in Telugu language with the same name. The film depicts a rivalry between the political family.
Story: The story of the film revolves around MLA Baldev Pratap Singh (Sanjay Dutt) and his family. The film’s setup is in Uttar Pradesh and here Baldev Singh of Ballipur has the full support of his step-son Ayush (Ali Fazal). Ayush is considered a political heir because his half-brother Vivaan (Satyajit Dubey) is a very bad-tempered and violent boy. The lives of these three men are tied to Baldev Singh’s wife Saroj (Manisha Koirala). This family’s upheaval is a political story ‘Prasthanam’.
Review: Looking at the film, you will try to connect its characters with the characters of Mahabharata. The first half of the film leaves only in the introduction of the characters and in the second half some twists in the story keep you tied. Some of the characters in the film have been added unnecessarily like Aayush’s love interest role played by Amaira Dastur. Manisha Koirala’s character is important but she is given less screen space. Baldev’s driver cast Jackie Shroff in the role of Badshah, but his character has also not been allowed to grow completely.
Sanjay Dutt prevails throughout the film as a strong leader and a troubled father, but Ali Fazal’s character is the only one that is properly written. His character of a young political leader and a responsible elder brother leaves a mark. Satyajit Dubey’s character sometimes seems to be imaginary. Chunky Pandey will also be remembered in Villan’s role. The film’s dialogues are excessively filmy and do not leave a mark on you. The film has songs inserted in the wrong places that break the flow of the story.