Hrithik Roshan's Mohenjo Daro is gearing up for its release. The trailer will be launched this evening.
The film, directed by Ashutosh Gowarikar, also features Pooja Hegde in the lead and narrates the story set in a pre-historic city. A city that existed 'before the British, before the Mughals, before Alexander, before Christ and Buddha and before India as we know it, there was Mohenjo Daro'.
But, how easy or difficult was to build such a city? Here are a few things that mark the world of Mohenjo Daro.
The tallest house in Mohenjo Daro was just two storeys tall. This is because in that era, while the architect planning was highly accomplished and ahead of its time, the splendour was missing.
Therefore, in the film, brick structures have been shown but without grand buildings and palaces. All the bricks are of the same size.
2) No Iron:
The ancient city of Mohenjo Daro was built before the Iron Age. The only metal that could be traced was bronze. Copper found its way in the city from Mesopotamia. Because iron was yet to be found, all tools, implements and weapons were made of flintstone. And the same has been shown in the film.
3) No Gold ornamentation:
Gold as a metal was just discovered in that era, but it did not find its way into jewellery making. Precious stones like Carnelian beads, Ivory, Lapis Lazuli and many other river stones used to be worn as ornaments. A close look at Pooja Hegde's look in the poster of the film proves this:
4) Barter system:
The era in which the film has been set had no currency of any kind. Trade was carried out with the help of the Barter System, which means that goods and services were to be exchanged for other goods services.
Therefore, in Mohenjo Daro, cotton with carnelian beads, indigo with wheat, cows for bulls among others exchanges have been highlighted.
Most of the shooting took place in areas of Bhuj and Kutch. Talking about the painstaking research that has gone behind the film, director Ashutosh Gowariker said:
"Since this was a make believe world, when I started my research, during the initial phase, I came across Mr Jonathan Mark Kenoyer's books, Ancient India: Land of Mystery and Excavationsat Mohenjo Daro. I immediately got in touch with Mr Kenoyer, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin to seek his assistance. He has worked at the Mohenjo Daro excavation site for the last 35 years. To my good fortune, he agreed to participate to help me realise the true potential of the film's story. He then suggested other names who could give me inputs on the undeciphered Sindhu script, culture, the town planning and any and every other aspect that seems necessary. They were - RS Bisht, Ex-Director, ASI; Prof Vasant Shinde, Jt Director, Puna University; Dr P Ajithprasad, Dept. of Archaeology and Ancient History, MSU, Baroda; K Krishnan, Dept. of Archaeology, MSU, Baroda; and VN Prabhakar, Deputy Superintending Archaeologist, Aurangabad. It was wonderful that they could impart their study, analysis and knowledge to this project."
Mohenjo Daro also features Kabir Bedi and Arunoday Singh. Presented by UTV Motion Pictures and Ashutosh Gowariker Productions, and produced by Siddharth Roy Kapur and Sunita Gowariker, it is slated to hit the screens on 12 August, 2016.