Aarakshan Movie Review

Unbiased, Gutsy and Inspirational

[Rating: 4]
 
Director: Prakash Jha
 
Cast & Crew: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Deepika Padukone, Tanvi Azmi
 
Plot Summary: Aarakshan is the story of Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan), the legendary idealistic principal of a college that he has single-handedly turned into the state’s best. It is the story of his loyal disciple, Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan) who will do anything for his Sir. Of Deepak’s love for Prabhakar’s daughter, Poorbi (Deepika Padukone), of his friendship with Sushant (Prateik). It is the story of their love, their lively friendship, their zest for life, and of their dreams for the future. Centered on one of the most controversial issues of recent years, with the Supreme Court’s order on reservations, the story suddenly becomes a rollercoaster ride of high drama, conflict, and rebellion, which tests their love and friendship for one another, and their loyalty to Prabhakar Anand.
 
Review: Solid performances, hard hitting subject matter, more than a few tear jerking moments, unbiased treatment. What else do you need in a good film? But film making aside, there is a greater good involved in this film. It’s not just about Reservation and quota and what’s right or wrong. It’s simply about the importance of education and everyone’s right to acquire it. When schools are free and every child is treated as an equal, why wouldn’t there be equal opportunities, right? Hence, it is definitely a film everyone MUST WATCH. 
 
That doesn’t’ mean it’s a perfect film. Yes, the first half has a song too many and the whole film is a little lengthy and exaggerated but that’s all right. Things have to be exaggerated in order to grab attention. Just like in an advertisement – you have to exaggerate it to sell anything…but that doesn’t mean the product is any less potent or doesn’t do the job. 
 
Simply put, ‘Aarakshan’ is about Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan), the legendary idealistic principal of a college that he has single-handedly turned into the states best. Anand is seen caught in between a world for and against Reservation. Centered around one of the most controversial issues of recent years, with the Supreme Court’s order on reservations, the story suddenly becomes a rollercoaster ride of high drama, conflict and rebellion. Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan) a Dalit junior professor & Sushant (Prateik), the son of the rich college trustee, former friends; now find themselves fighting on two sides of the  issue that threatens to ruin much more that their friendship. Poorbhi (Deepika) is Prabhaar Anand’s daughter, who gets caught between loyalty for her Father and her love for Deepak. 
 
 
How do all of them find a way out of this dangerous and painful situation? And yes, they do find a rather inspirational solution. Watch to find out. 
 
The solid performance that each cast member pulled off definitely adds weightage to the film. Saif is sincere and bankable as usual. Deepika manages well given her limited range. Manoj Bajpayee and the rest of the cast fit perfectly well in their OTT roles. No prizes for guessing that Amitabh Bachchan as the idealistic and principled old man is the hook, line and sinker for the film.
 
In short, an absolute must watch. Kudos Mr. Prakash Jha for your guts and sincerity. 
 
Verdict: Our education system needs a revolution. This film has the potential to start one.
 
Malvika Rao

 

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6 Comments

  1. palak

    August 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Seems like such a great movie ……….. Hope i am going to book a show to watch this movie @ Wave Cinemas….

  2. Anmol

    August 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    looks good…..I am gonna watch it soon !!

  3. Abhishek Parikh

    August 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Politics and emotional turmoil is Jha’s forte. I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie adds to his credentials.

  4. thyagarajan

    August 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    My opinion on the film Aarakshan:

    Yes, some incidental scenes have been added for PUBLIC CONSUMPTION but the public seem to miss the MESSAGE even though PRAKASH JHA is saying it loud and clear atleast 3 times in the movie.

    It was unfortunate to hear most of the audience remarking (after the movie was over) that they expected something about ‘RESERVATION’ but there was nothing about it.

    The dialogue of Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan) conveys that
    1) Just enrolling under RESERVATION is not going to serve the purpose

    2) What those under-privileged and below-par-performing students require is BETTER TEACHERS to provide them additional coaching FREE OF CHARGE so they can also compete with the PERFORMERS.

    But our POLICITICIANs do not want to do this because a) results will take time to produce results which our POLITICIANs are not willing to wait so long. They want immediate ‘PERSONAL BENEFITS” of RESERVATION immediately from the VOTE-BANKs.

    Just providing RESERVATION will end up with GRADUATEs who will be BELOW-PAR in comparison to the graduates of the other countries.

    The Policitians have already looted our country of its wealth and now it wants to deplete the brain-power too.

  5. DEEPAK PAHWA

    August 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    I have seen this movie and find that “Arakshan” is not a suitable title for this movie as the main issue in this movie is not the Arakshan, but is the commecialisation of education. I personally feel that the title “Arakshan” is given to this film just to cath the attention of the youth and to earn the publicity.

    Apart from that- this movie has so many technical issue like-
    1) use of mobile phones at the time of mandala commission report (where as that time no mobile network was available in India)
    2) Use of Pajero car, whereas this is model was not available at that time.

    This film has some other technical issues too which i don’t remember at this time.
    but overall this is not a film up-to the expectation standard.

    DEEPAK PAHWA

    • Rahul ranjan

      August 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Mr. Deeoak
      Sorry to say but you haven’t seen the movie properly.
      No.1. It show in the opening shot of the movie… Clearly 2007-Bhopal
      Everything was available it that time. Mobile network also and pajero as well
      Go and do some film appreciation cours before you comment on something you don’t have and die of.

      It’s a rocking movie.and a must watch for youth
      Rahul
      Jnu

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