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EKLAVYA: THE ROYAL GUARD
UK: Eros Entertainment
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Boman Irani, Vidya Balan, Sanjay Dutt, Jimmy Shergill, Jackie Shroff, Raima Sen, Parikshat Sahni, Sharmila Tagore
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Language: Hindi (English subtitles)
UK: 107 mins
UK Certificate: 12A contains infrequent moderate vioence
UK Release Date: 16 February 2007 (Limited Release)
A majestic fort. A royal dynasty that no longer rules. A king without a kingdom.
Set in present day India, Eklavya (Amitabh Bachchan), their royal guard, lives in a time warp. He lives only to protect the fort, the dynasty, and the king. For nine generations Eklavya's family has protected Devigarh, a centuries old citadel in RajasthanEklavya has spent his entire life serving the royals and closely guarding their secrets. A renowned marksman, his unflinching loyalty inspires ballads but now he's getting old and increasingly blind.
Unable to cope with the suffocating customs of his land, the heir, Prince Harshwardhan (Saif Ali Khan), has moved away in London. But the sudden demise of the queen, Rani Suhasinidevi (Sharmila Tagore), forces the prince back to his kingdom. But he returns to a kingdom in the middle of unrest, which explodes into turmoil and amidst the rising mayhem, the safely guarded secrets of the fort are unveiled.
A contemporary, dramatic action thriller unfolds with a stellar ensemble cast including Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Saif Ali Khan, Vidya Balan, Boman Irani, Jackie Shroff, Jimmy Sheirgill, Raima Sen and Sharmila Tagore. The film marks the return of Vidhu Vinod Chopra who directs after a hiatus of seven years.