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Aarakshan Reviews

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½ December 29, 2014
interesting, in part, simply because i don't really watch that much indian film
½ October 16, 2013
Long... But good message
½ August 14, 2011
A good movie with no story whatsoever.
May 3, 2013
Daring and a sensual topic on education directed by Prakash Jha is truly visionary and entertaining by all means with the great charismatic presence of Big B. Bravo
October 27, 2012
A good story, but marred by the inconsistent screenplay. The weakest Jha film ever made!
October 15, 2012
Obviously a milestone in Indian cinema!!!!!
June 22, 2012
Nice Take on a wonderful subject by the best person suited to the role
May 27, 2012
As always, I am amazed at Amitabh Bachchan's talent. This movie is a tear jerker and a very political and patriotic movie, but it is also very human and that is depicted very well by Mr Bachchan. Very good movie!
August 14, 2011
The title and the story have no relation!
½ January 8, 2012
Very interesting information about corruption and politics in India's educational system. Unfortunately it's rarely an involving or entertaining movie; it never goes beyond polemics. Too bad, a good movie about the subject could be amazing.
½ July 23, 2011
'Where are we headed' is the question that is asked in the movie. Though the title outrightly is Aarakshan. But it tends to deal with other aspects of education namely, Commercialisation, Qualitative aspects and Peer pressure.
All hell goes wrong for Prabhakar Anand(Amitabh Bachchan), the principal of an acclaimed yet private college when Supreme Court orders for 27% quota for OBCs in government educational institutions.
The movie deals with aftermaths of the reservation on another side, the teachers. But it also tries to deal with privatisation of the education sector. It explains that though every person in a democracy has equal rights but oppurtunities aren't equal.
The weak point is the high handed Drama that plays hand in every part of its plot. The songs aren't worth listening at all despite being less in number. But practically chances of such a thing happening are dim. Yet Prakash Jha tries to explain the quantum of divide in the nation pre and post reservation.
More socialistic and realistic films awaited Mr. Jha. Keep it up!
Super Reviewer
½ December 20, 2011
The flight takes off to land at the pre-destined location, but lands you somewhere else. The director is a shrewd wolf wearing the skin of the sheep. Saying that the subject needs attention, he cruelly shapes the sensitive issue to his ends. Some states banned it saying that it's vulnerable to riots, but the director fought against it in the court. All in the name of the promotion. As expected, it did create some disturbance in certain regions. All might have been justified had the movie served its said-to-be-purpose. But the movie rises no more than the same old good v/s evil game. A man with principles faces a corrupted man, loses his valuables, but his morals and family, then the movie descends to the predictable theatrical route and ultimately he emerges as a winner. The discussions pertaining to "Aarakshan" does come somewhere in between, but its not the primary issue here. The focus is more on free education and the significance of educational institutions. And that all too seemed to be presented before us just because they needed to preach something after all (and fill the runtime). Big names like Amitabh, Saif, Deepika and Manoj were enough to lure in audiences who would expect an interesting movie on a serious issue. The actors played their part well, but the movie failed to. Obviously, JMO. 0.5/10.
December 18, 2011
Well thought out story. I like how Amitabh's character sticks with what he believes in, although I do not agree with his view. Do watch it.
November 28, 2011
They shouldn't bring a critical issue down to become a fight between a branded coaching school and a free stable coaching school. The cast has been wasted. The film can be better if it's less dramatic and more realistic, not to shrink back at the last moment.
½ November 27, 2011
A bit over the top - and will give you moments to make fun of - but a decent movie nonetheless
½ October 31, 2011
it wont be a premature retirement since saif is 41 now. I would rather suggest the actor to take a final break from the movie industry and start up his own sole trader business. Saif since his debut to this date didn't worked out as other khans and so no matter how hard he would try it wont work. As for the movie its 2.5/5
October 20, 2011
Directionless,embarrassingly melodramatic and overlong!
½ October 19, 2011
Awesome movie with a very relevant social and political message...A must watch movie!!!
October 14, 2011
This is actually a well-made movie that looks into the messed up education system in the sub-continent ...! The pluses:
- Big B - no one could pull off such a role with such charm and perfection!!
- Perfect casting ... from the leads to supporting cast, they all hold the fort in their role!!
The flaws:
- The first 30minutes were not needed at all. They are just boring, pointless and annoying !!
- The Saif-Deepika romance, another story angle that was not needed in the story at all ...
Overall - not a cinema watch ... but good one to watch at home on DVD with a remote =D
October 3, 2011
worth a watch...well presented rational movie
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