Aarakshan
2D

Aarakshan

Hindi
DramaSocial
12 Aug, 2011
2 hrs 46 mins
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89 votes
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Aarakshan is the story of Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan), the legendary idealistic principal of a college that he has single-handedly turned into the states best. It is the story of his loyal disciple, Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan) who will do anything for his Sir. Of Deepaks love for Prabhakars 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 Courts 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.
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After Raajneeti, director Prakash Jha once again holds a mirror to society, taking up the issue of reservation in the education system with Aarakshan. The film takes different perspectives; showing us that really, the victims of the politics of reservation are the students themselves. Yet where Raajneeti was structured into a narrative based on The Mahabharata and The Godfather, Aarakshan drifts away without any anchor. Its a script stuck in a 70s locker, taken out and dusted, but you still cant shake off the feeling that its dated. That sadly has much to do with the filmmakers treatment of the subject. With endless, lofty speeches and idealistic melodrama, Prakash Jha turns Aarakshan into a deathly boring slog. ...Read full review
Filmmaker Prakash Jha is a breed apart. Beginning as a premier proponent of India`s parallel cinema movement in the 1970s-1980s, he never chose to lose his moorings... ...Read full review
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