'Arjun The Warrior Prince' focuses on the growing up years of Arjun and how, despite the skills being gained, he turned into a warrior only after certain incidents shook him up. Though initially he felt that like Bheem, he could never be a killer on the field, once he was challenged by his wife Draupadi to bring back her honour, he stepped into the field, only to never look behind.
The action is obviously a key force here, so whether it is the chariot race sequence at the very beginning of the film or the one where he enters the 'swayamvara' and wins Draupadi's hands, it is the grandeur that catches your attention. What is most impacting though is the climax sequence where Arjun breaks into the 'chakravyuha' and saves a kingdom where he was living during his 'agyaatwaas'. It is stunning.
Even otherwise there are enough dramatic portions that make you look at the scenes unfold even though you pretty much know what would happen next. Whether it is Shakuni mama's brainwashing of Duryodhana, the one where latter introduces an outcast tribe to the former and most importantly the sequence where Yudhishtir loses everything to both of them in the game of 'chausar', you are on the edge of the seat to see what would happen next.
Unfortunately that is not the case for the entire film as after every such good dramatic or action sequence, there are five to seven minutes of boring punctuations that just do not add up to the whole film. Also, the background sequence and the overall sound design, which otherwise works quite well in dramatic and action sequences, just pulls the film down at the emotional points.
Moreover the dialogues are strictly average too and though they do well to bring an interesting dimension to Shakuni's character (it is the most filmy of the lot and works well too), the ones mouthed by Arjun to Duryodhana to Yudhishtir and even Krishna (who makes a special appearance of sorts) don't leave much of an impression.
Still, one has to give it to director Arnab Chaudhuri for bringing good detailing into the proceedings. First and foremost it leaves aside the clichÃ©d 'raja-maharaja' palaces, costumes, setting, weapons etc that one has seen in countless films and tele-serials over last three decades. Moreover it is apparent that he had an entirely different vision for his maiden venture and that shows in the way he 'shoots his sequences'.
Visuals, action and dramatic quotient - That's the most striking part of 'Arjun The Warrior Prince' that makes you look at the film in awe. Also, what makes a good impression is the fact that despite Mahabharata is a tale that has been heard countless times before, one doesn't get bored.
Told from the point of view of Arjun, the film ends before the war of Kurukshetra ensued. However that seems to be intentional as the sequel could be pretty much on the cards. Moreover that hour and a half that leads till this point is engaging for sure.