Mohenjo Daro

Ashutosh GowarikerIndia – 2016

Set amid the ancient Indus Valley civilization circa 2016 B.C., an indigo farmer from Amri named Sarman (Hrithik Roshan) travels downriver to the largest city, Mohenjo-daro, where during a street mishap he saves the life of a beautiful woman named Chaani (Pooja Hegde) who as "The Chosen One" in service to Sindhu Ma, the goddess of the river which is the centre of their culture, is "the symbol of Mother Sindhu's grace and blessing." But Sarman soon falls afoul of the politician Maham (Kabir Bedi) and his son Moonja (Arunoday Singh) who are seizing power and starting to rule Mohenjo Daro as an empire. To win Chaani, Sarman must defeat Maham and rouse the people to save their city.

Original Title Mohenjo Daro
German Title Mohenjo Daro - Das Geheimnis der verschollenen Stadt
French Title Mohenjo Daro
Other Titles Mohenjo Daro
Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker
Country India
Available Formats DCP
Screenplay Ashutosh Gowariker, Preeti Mamgain
Film Editing Sandeep Francis
Soundtrack A.R. Rahman
Cinematography C.K. Muraleedharan
Sound Parikshit Lalwani, Kunal Mehta
Costumes April Ferry, Neeta Lulla
Production Sunita Gowariker, Siddharth Roy Kapur
Runtime 153 Min.
Language Hindi/d oder f
Hrithik Roshan Sarman
Pooja Hegde Chaani
Kabir Bedi Maham
Nitish Bharadwaj Durjan

Locarno 2016, Piazza Grande , Clôture

"Quinze ans après le triomphe de «Lagaan», Ashutosh Gowariker est de retour sur la Piazza avec un merveilleux péplum bollywoodien. -  Le merveilleux divertissement est aussi un récit fondateur."" Antoine Duplan, Le Temps

«Mohenjo Daro est un film d’aventure familial qui fait du bien. - Mohenjo Daro est un blockbuster sans faille, un film d’aventure sur fond d’histoire universelle, d’une efficacité redoutable. Un bel exemple de grand divertissement réussi, genre dans lequel Hollywood semble s’être peu à peu égaré ces dernières années. Quinze ans après son premier passage au festival tessinois avec Lagaan – lauréat du prix du public, Ashutosh Gowariker redonne de sa valeur au grand spectacle et à la fantaisie.» Daily Movies

Mohenjo-Daro (manchmal auch Mohanjo-Daro oder Moenjo-Daro geschrieben) ist eine historische stadtähnliche Siedlung am Unterlauf des Indus im heutigen Pakistan ca. 40 km südlich der Stadt Larkana. Sie war ungefähr von 2600 bis 1800 v. Chr. Teil der Indus-Kultur. Sie zeigt keine der üblichen Herrschaftsstrukturen, zentraler Bau ist ein Bad. Der Ort wurde verlassen und geriet danach in Vergessenheit, erst 1922 (andere Quellen: 1924) wurde er von britisch-indischen Archäologen wiederentdeckt. Geleitet wurden diese Ausgrabungen von Sir John Marshall, dem damaligen Direktor des Archaeological Survey of India. Verbunden mit den Ausgrabungen um 1950 ist der Name Sir Mortimer Wheeler. Mohenjo-Daro ist besser erhalten als das wenige Jahre vorher gefundene Harappa. Mohenjo-Daro ist das vermutete Hauptzentrum der Harappa- oder Induskultur, einer der drei frühen Hochkulturen der Menschheit im 3. Jahrtausend v. Chr. Der Name bedeutet im modernen Sindhi „Hügel der Toten“. Mohenjo-Daro steht als die größte erhaltene Stadt der Bronzezeit auf der Liste des UNESCO-Weltkulturerbes. Der Ruinenhügel ist in der Ebene schon von Weitem zu erkennen. Die westlich der Unterstadt gelegene Zitadelle (ein späterer Bau) ragt am höchsten – bis zu 15 Meter – empor. Vor 4500 Jahren muss das Bild noch eindrucksvoller gewesen sein, da der Indus die Ebene seit dieser Zeit um mehr als 7 Meter aufgeschwemmt hat. - wikipedia



Sarman is a young indigo farmer from Amri village. He wishes to go to the city of Mohenjo Daro for trade. Finally when he reaches the city, one after another it unravels many secrets to him. He also finds his love in the city. But, he has many battles to fight before he can win his love and redeem his own past.


Chaani is the daughter of the Shrine Priest of Mohenjo Daro. She is the Chosen One, a symbol of the grace and blessings of Mother Sindhu, predicted to be the Origin of a New Society. People of the city believe that a better future of Mohenjo Daro depends on Chaani’s choices.


Priest is Chaani’s father. He is a wise man who wants all the happiness for his daughter. An eternal well-wisher of Mohenjo Daro and its people, he is full of compassion. He also holds many keys to Sarman’s past.


Maham is the Senate Chief of Mohenjo Daro. He is a despot who rules using uninhibited force and violence. He has empirical ambitions of ruling over the entire Sindhu Land.


Moonja is the only son of Maham. A debauch and brute of the highest measure, he is a cruel warrior. Maham has proclaimed him to be the next Senate Chief of Mohenjo Daro. Moonja is betrothed to the Chosen One, Chaani.


Durjan is an indigo farmer in the village of Amri on the banks of river Naraa. He is Sarman’s uncle. He has brought Sarman up with all the love and care. But, he has his own secrets to hold back.


Bima is Durjan’s wife. Herself childless, she has always doted on Sarman like her own son. For Sarman too she has been the only mother.


Srujan is Sarman’s father. A just man, he is known to be the best Senate Chief, Mohenjo Daro has ever had.


Once, Jakhiro was a Senate member. His was one of the most prosperous families of Mohenjo Daro. Fate has rendered him homeless. Now bedraggled, he wanders the city like a mad man.


Laashi is Maham’s wife. She is a woman with a golden heart who is trying to find her place in the darkness that surrounds her. She is fond of Chaani.


Hojo is a childhood friend to Sarman. He has always been with Sarman through thick and thin. He accompanies Sarman to Mohenjo Daro and supports him in his battles against injustice.


Junu is a childhood friend of Chaani who keeps all her secrets. A happy go lucky girl, she also acts as Chaani’s advisor from time to time.


Lothar is one of the guards who keep vigil on the main gate of Mohenjo Daro. He becomes best of the friend with Sarman and Hojo. He guides them about the laws and ways of the city. When the time comes, he becomes the most important man for Sarman in his fight against the tyranny.


Kulka is Maham’s personal servant, a handyman who is ready to do any kind of job for him. He keeps all his secrets.


Ishme Dagan is a shrewd merchant from Sumer. Covertly, he smuggles copper weapons to Mohenjo Daro. In return he receives gold from Maham.


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