Eklavya (2007)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 18 mins

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It has been chronicled in the Mahabharata that Eklavya wanted to be Sage Dronacharya's disciple in order to excel at bow and arrow shooting, but was refused because of his low caste. He decided to teach himself, and did excel to such an extent that Dronacharya felt threatened that he would beat his ace disciple, Arjun, so he asked Eklavya for his fee - his right thumb, which Eklavya dutifully cut off and presented it to his Guru. Now in modern India, Nishab, whose father was Eklavya, and who gave his life trying to protect his master, has now been re-named Eklavya himself. In accordance with long-held customs, he has been entrusted to guard the lives of Rana Jaywardhan, Ranimaa Suhasinidevi, and their children, Harsh and Nandini. He will be called upon to pay the ultimate price, after he learns that his master, the Rana, has been killed. Eklavya, who also carries a dark family secret, slays the two assailants of the Rana, but in the process also finds out that the one who hired them is his very own son. What will prevail - duty or the love of his son?
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Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Vidya Balan

Crew: Vidhu Vinod Chopra (Director), Natarajan Subramaniam (Director of Photography), Shantanu Moitra (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Thriller

Release Dates: 16 Feb 2007 (India)

Tagline: The Royal Guard

Hindi Name: एकलव्य

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Did you know? The assassination attempt sequence produced grave dangers for the cast during shooting. While running amidst a herd of 400 camels, Amitabh Bachchan got kicked in the head by an especially furious camel. It was only due to the heavy turban he was wearing that Bachchan was able to survive with nothing more than a little dizziness in his head. Jackie Shroff was standing only a few inches away from the rails when the train passed by him. For the attempt on the King, the action director, Tinnu Verma, decided to use a real bullet for authenticity, despite Boman Irani's misgivings about it. The bullet was off target and missed Boman's ear by a whisker. Read More
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as Eklavya
as Rajeshwari / 'Rajjo'
as Pedicurist
as King Jaywardhan
as Jyotiwardhan
as Udaywardhan
as Eklavya's Mother
as Omkar Singh
as Princess Nandini
as Prince Harshwardhan
as DSP Pannalal Chohaar
as Queen Suhasinidevi
as Constable

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Location Sound Recordist
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Animation

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Music Label: Eros Music
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
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03:25
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: Ravindra Sathe, Pranab Biswas
02 
04:36
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: Hamsika Iyer
03 
02:27
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: Ravindra Sathe
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04:29
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
05 
04:33
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: Sunidhi Chauhan, Pranab Biswas
06 
04:28
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: Pranab Biswas
07 
02:26
Music Director: Shantanu Moitra
Lyricist: Swanand Kirkire
Playback Singer: Hamsika Iyer
08 
03:22
Taglines:
The Royal Guard
Trivia:
Vidhu Vinod Chopra spent five years working on the script.

It was decided, early in production, to shoot the film in an actual palace for authenticity. Scouts were sent and went all over the state of Rajasthan with a tooth-comb to find the perfect location, but finally Vidhu Vinod Chopra, while skimming through a travel magazine, discovered a small picture of a fort in the hills of Devigarh. The fort, now a popular Heritage hotel, was perfect for exterior shots, but was obviously unsuitable for interior shots (as well as the obvious problems of guests, the interiors were modern-looking). So, scouting was undertaken again, but this time over the city of Jaipur. They were finally allowed to shoot interior scenes within the living quarters of the Jaipur Royal Family, thanks to costume designer Prince Raghavendra Rathore. Eklavya's cottage was the only set constructed from scratch. It was so well created that the hotel's guests and visitors assumed it to be a part of the hotel.

Vidhu Vinod Chopra was so impressed by Amitabh Bachchan's performance as the titular character that he presented to Bachchan a Rolls-Royce Phantom limousine costing around Rs. 35 million.

India's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008).

The assassination attempt sequence produced grave dangers for the cast during shooting. While running amidst a herd of 400 camels, Amitabh Bachchan got kicked in the head by an especially furious camel. It was only due to the heavy turban he was wearing that Bachchan was able to survive with nothing more than a little dizziness in his head. Jackie Shroff was standing only a few inches away from the rails when the train passed by him. For the attempt on the King, the action director, Tinnu Verma, decided to use a real bullet for authenticity, despite Boman Irani's misgivings about it. The bullet was off target and missed Boman's ear by a whisker.
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