Wah Taj Movie Review


STORY: We know that the Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan but did you know that the land, on which it was built, belonged to a Maharashtrian farmer? Well, at least that’s what the film wants us to believe.

REVIEW: Tukaram (Shreyas Talpade) dressed in a kurta-pyjama-jacket and Sundari (Manjari Phadnis) in a low-waist nauvari sari, pitch a tent on the banks of Yamuna in the sweltering Agra-heat, laying claim to the land that the Taj Mahal stands on. As if that isn’t unbelievable enough, there emerges proof, in the form of an age-old letter signed by Emperor Humayun, to back the claim.

The hullabaloo draws media attention and puts pressure on the government to resolve the dispute. A jail-mantri named Visarjan Yadav, the Chief Minister, the leader of the opposition, a top-cop and a social worker; all of them get involved and this, as expected, leads to more problems than solutions. The film then follows the beaten path; one that involves cliches and used-to-death situations.

Ever since the film starts, one thing is clear that there’s an underlying motive behind Tukaram and Sundari’s actions. But the filmmaker conveniently keeps that reserved for the climax. Not that the motive explains much but well, at least we get to know the makers’ reason behind making us endure the 100-odd minutes of illogical genius.

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