Aarakshan – Movie review

Director: Prakash Jha

Producer: Prakash Jha, Firoz A. Nadiadwala

Screenplay: Anjum Rajabali, Prakash Jha

Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy

Cinematography: Sachin Krishn

Editing: Santosh Mandal

Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpai, Deepika Padukone, Prateik Babbar


Finally ‘Aarakshan’ got aarakshit across all major cinemas in the country today . The controversial movie gained a huge pre-release publicity due to all the show-sha and protest against the issue of Aarakshan . Prakash Jha known for his excellence in real drama cinema does a very good attempt in Aarakshan with the huge starcast including Big B, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone , Manoj Bajpai and Prateek Babbar . The movie however didn’t meet the expectation of the audience.


The story revolves around the life of the Dr.Prabhakar Ananad (Amitabh Bachan) an idealistic principal of STM, who has been always true to his work. Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan) a student from the schedule cast has been his best student and a very hardworking man , but is been neglected and looked down at various places because of his cast . The law of reservation passed by the Supreme Court forms the backdrop of the movie which divides the characters; one supporting the law and the one opposing the law and thus the rift is creates which shatters everyone. However in the later part, the focus is completely shifted to another important issue of current times i.e. the fight between the main stream education system and parallel commercial education. Prakash Jha manages to capture the best of drama with his team of veteran actors.


Talking about the overall movie, the film seemed to be very low on the screenplay in the initial 30 mintues , but as the issue of aarakshan takes up , the screenplay becomes better . The songs are wrongly placed in the movie. ‘Aacha lagta hai’ and ‘chance’ are not too visually appealing for audience to take 2 songs in 15 minutes. The music except ‘Acha lagta hai‘ is not soothing  . 1st half is a mix of highs and low and the 2nd half takes the movie to another level with the situations getting more intense and gets the best out of all the actors.


Big B as always is amazing at this job. It reminds us of the principal from ‘Mohabbatein’. The strict nature along with sensitivity and love towards his students is very convincing. Not to be missed, the best negative role nominee Manoj bajpai , fantastic in his performance as Mitilesh singh, vice principal of STM and owner of KK Coaching classes. Deepika Padukone as Poorbi Anand , daughter of Prabhakar Anand has played very well after such a long time . I don’t remember, the last time she acted good :p . Saif Ali Khan is very good and has done full justice to his character. He manages to delivers the best dialogues in the movie. Prateek Babbar however needs to work more on his acting, very average performance. Character artist like Darsheel Jariwala , Saurabh Shukla and Yashpal Sharma has done excellent job.


The movie really talks about the stands of various minds on the issue of reservation, but somehow later deviates from it and focuses on the capitalization on education sector by the government instead of private companies. Overall, it’s a nice attempt but it really failed all the expectations. And no where it doesn’t even stand in competition with ‘Rajneeti’


It’s just a onetime watch movie, watch it if you are Prakash Jha Fan. 2 and half stars only because of Manoj Bajpai and Big B.

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