This post was well worth the wait! I really liked the juxtaposition in your post between Caos Calmo and Rajneeti.My family and I were thoroughly and utterly riveted watching Rajneeti and reading your review makes me want to revisit it again. It's a movie that can easily sustain multiple viewings because of all those layers, the parallels with Mahabharat, and everything else you mentioned. And the actors - they all did a stellar job!
Yes, the cast in Raajneeti were all outstanding, there were no weak links. I don't get why people hate on Kat after seeing her in this, especially seeing the way that she and Ranbir clicked on screen again in a film that couldn't be more unlike APKGK. I am very much looking forward to the sequel.