Movie: Aarakshan

Director: Prakash Jha

Cast: Amitabh Bachhan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Prateek Babbar, Manoj Bajpyee

Jagran Rating: Average

Story line: Already in the news for quite some time, Parkas Jha’s ‘Aarakshan’ has bombarded the society with a heavy one word question ‘Aarakshan’. But the initial spark has fizzled out as the story fails to provide any conclusive answer to the question posed.

The story of ‘Aarakshan’ revolves around one prestigious college in Bhopal whose Principal is Dr Parabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachhan). The film deals with his ideology regarding life. He has a wife (Tanvi Azmi) who believes that he is a real hero in a world full of cowards and a daughter (Deepika Padukone) who is loving, dutiful and forever ready to jump to her dad’s defense. But one sensational issue puts him in deep trouble. He is forced to resign from his post because of his comment on Indian reservation policy following which neglected by his own well wishers, friends and specially his Dalit protégée Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan).

Saif manages to fight the odds despite his underprivileged background, accuses him of being a casteist and turns his back on him, while upper caste student and another favourite Prateik Babbar, accuses him of being a pro-reservationist and holds him responsible for messing with the career of meritorious students. Here Saif tries to save the Indian education system from crooked Mithilesh Singh (Manoj Bajpayee), who wants to commercialise the education system and wishes to earn black money from this system through high paid coaching centers.


After Rajneeti, Praksh Jha’s most awaited Aarakshan has released. We know forte of Praksh Jha lies in serious social issues but somehow this time the magical spark is missing. The movie picked up a very sensitive topic. Having seen the present scenario of commercialisation of education system, this topic had to be put forth through some commercial film. Though this film gives a discussion forum to the audiences, it fails to draw any proper conclusion.

The movie boasts of very strong star casts. Amitabh Bachhan in a Dr. Prabhak role has delivered a fantastic performance as an idealistic and disciplined principal. Saif once again has created magic with his performance. Deepika is good in a supporting lead role. Manoj Bajpayee, who doesn’t need any introduction, has done a wonderful negative role with perfection.

The dialogue delivery is very impactful and hard hitting. It depicts the rift between the strong characters very brilliantly in this film.

Thumbs Up: A sledgehammer drama about a burning political issue that has never been addressed before in a mainstream Hindi film. Characters of the film manage to hold the audiences through their impactful dialogues. Confrontations between the characters are displayed very brilliantly. Nevertheless, this movie takes you on roller costar ride of high drama.

Thumbs Down: Despite selecting a burning issue the movie fails to ignite fire. Its first half hold you to your seats with its impactful dialogue delivery and beautiful portray of characters but the second half of the film fails to hold on to the grip. It deviates from its own topic, reservation, and its impact on the student career. It only shows the commercialisation in education system.

Individual who loves social issue based on high drama must go and watch this film as this is a serious movie for serious cinema buffs.

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