Since the news for this movie had come out, people have been waiting with nail-biting anticipation for this story which was to provide such deep insight into the heritage we are so proud of. How successful was it though? How true has it been to the reality of the Indus Valley Civilisation? Let us find out:
Mohenjo-Daro was the name given by the East India Company’s engineers in 1856 when they were laying rail lines between Karachi and Lahore. The ruins of the cities provided ballast for the rail tracks. Locally, Mohenjo-Daro means the city of dead. No living city would name itself as such. Everyone in the film calls it by this name which is kind of hilarious.
Hrithik Roshan is wearing a turban and his dress resembles modern fashion trends more than what people wore in Mohenjo-Daro. Also, the technique of stitching arrived in India 2.5 millennia later the least. The male figurines recovered from Mohenjo-Daro have a cloth draped around them and not wearing dresses the way we do now or Hrithik does in the film.
3. The Idea Of Warfare:
Kabir Bedi plays the ruler of the city and he is wearing a headgear, which our TV serials and childhood cartoons symbolised with demons. Such headgears were probably not used in Mohenjo-daro. People of Mohenjo-daro were thought to be peace-loving as instruments of warfare have not been found. The kind of metallic weapons used in the film was certainly not available then.
The Indus script has not been deciphered yet and historians have no idea which language people of the time spoke. So, we don’t know who actually ruled over those massive cities. Kabir Bedi is playing a dictator but historians’ guess is that a guild of merchants might have ruled over those cities.
5. Gold Jewelry:
Men and women of Mohenjo-daro wore jewelry. But, gold jewelry has not been introduced at that time. The only two metals available were bronze and brass. Pooja Hegde is wearing gold. Her dressing is also exquisite, more to soothe our perception about some distant past than to suit the evidence collected from Mohenjo-daro or its contemporary Indian cities.
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All in all Mohenjo-Daro seems more like a fictional story than something that has any historical substance to it. The only saving grace is Hrithik Roshan’s role in it. The traditions, lifestyle and mindsets depicted have been only done with the motive of getting appeal on the screens and have no evidence to back it. If you are someone who likes to watch something historically relevant, this movie would be a major disappointment for you.