Watched an epic Hindi movie this afternoon, but I didn’t understand the title, it was Aurangzeb. Naturally my reaction is question an elder on what it means or is. To my astonishment no one knew what it meant, is, was, etc. Like all great minds I went on a quest….on Google and came to the link here.
Aurangzeb was sixth and final notable Mughal Ruler of Indian Subcontinent and the third and notably the bravest child of Shah Jahan (legacy: Taj Mahal) and Mumtaz Mahal. He came to power by killing two of his brothers and imprisoning his father under the care of his sister Jahanara till his death in 1666.
Like all the Emperors before his time, Aurangzeb faced retaliation and rebellious groups. To my surprise, Sikhs were one of those groups. He was threatened by the 9th Guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur Ji, and ordered his execution. Which only lead to Guru Bahadur Ji’s son and successor militarizing his followers and the establishment of Khalsa, which was noted 8 years prior to Aurangzeb’s death. It blows my mind how the Sikhi culture is tied to all parts of Indian history which I never explored.
Many historians have coined Aurangzeb as the last great leader of a diminishing Mughal Empire, which following his death was on an inevitable decline with little power restricted behind the walls of Delhi. His legacy included a reign of nearly 50 years, the vast expansion of the Mughal Empire, Foreign Relations and Policies, and incredible Revenue of $100 million back in the late 1600s. Additionally, to follow in his father footsteps he commissioned the Bibi Ka Maqbara, a mausoleum with a striking resemble to the Ta Mahal, for his wife Dilras Banu Begum. Another noteworthy accomplishment was the construction of the Moti Masjid (Pearl Mosque) at Delhi’s famous Red Fort.
My story is still not done, now to the movie. This was a long and complicated tale, but I’ll keep it short and sweet. It’s the story or corrupt cops of India who take bribes from Politicians and Industrialists (in this case) who in turn are also Gangsters. Vijaykant is an honest officer with the duty to bring down Yashvardhan, the Industrial Gangster. His accomplice is no other than Veera, Yashvarhan’s wife; who leaves with Vijaykant with one of her twin sons, Vishal, leaving Ajay with his father, Yashvardhan. Vijaykant dies and his son Ayra continues his case to expose Yashvardhan with the aid of his uncle, Ravikant, who just happens to be out antagonist or Aurangzeb.
Ravikant with the greed to take over Yashvardhan’s business empire with the aid of Nina, Yashvardhan’s partner, loses focus on his family, values, and morals. He kidnaps Ajay and replaces his with Vishal to do his bidding. Ravikant is the ultimate corrupt cop, bought by bribery and enlists his son, Dev into these activities. Ravikant goes as far as to kill his son-in-law Vishnu who is an innocent-honest cop, just to hide his corruption evidence. Dev goes and murders ill-fated Yashvardhan, only to be killed by Ajay. Ravikant orders Ayra to eliminate Ajay and Veera while he plans to get Vishal to sign over the business to Nina, which ends in an encounter eliminating Nina. However, when Ayra discovers the truth he protects Veera and Vishal (Ajay goes to his father’s aid) from Ravikant and tells him he is going to expose his corrupt ways. Ravikant shoots Ayra only to be killed by Vishal.
Ayra goes home to his wife, while Veera and Vishal return to their lives, Ajay goes to go jail after his father’s black marketing deals. A year passes and Ajay is released and goes to live with Veera and Vishal, while Ayra takes his uncles post and leaves us with a quote:
"This system of collection has been in place for years. The money from this system goes all the way up to the seniors and ministers. The nexus is not going to come to an end with just my Uncle’s death. The DCP said that only two powers would survive - the politicians and the corporates. But if a policeman doesn’t take bribes from any of them then he won’t fear them either."
In the end the moral I learned is no matter whether it’s a father, a brother, a son-in-law, or whomever greed and power corrupt any mind. However with that power and wealth come consequences of being left and with the fear of ultimate devastation. Just as how Aurangzeb was the last successful Emperor of the Mughals, succeed by few who led to the destruction of the Empire.