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Aarakshan  (2011 - Hindi)

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  • The film had merits to get its reservation.....but

    Aarakshan rating: 7 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 12 Aug 2011)

    Shyam Benegal, Prakash Jha, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ram Gopla Varma and few others are known for making films on different themes and highlighting the social based issues in their form of films. There is always a buzz and excitement to watch these directors latest movie and after watching it one finds it bit unsatisfied in comparison with the maker’s earlier film. After that again the film lovers wait desperately for these makers to start their new venture with new untouched theme and the rotation continues. Now speaking about the Prakash Jha, the film maker whose film is being focused out here; he enters the untouched subject of Reservation policies in education system. Before the release of the film, lots of predications are being made and high amount of political drama is taking place outside the film. So all these rises ones expectations and on that basis let’s find out if the film stand out to such mammoth expectations or not?

    “AARAKSHAN” is story of Dr. Prabhakar Anand {Amitabh Bachchan}, a principal of private education institute. He believes in his principals and simple living and due to his efforts the college is among the top institute of the state. He believes in his best student Deepak Kumar {Saif Ali Khan} who belongs to the backward cast but on his merits and with help of Dr.Anand joins the institute as Jr.lecturer. Deepak likes Dr.Anands daughter Purbi {Deepika Padukone} and has a good friend Sushant {Prateik}. All is well in Dr.Anands land, until the issue of Reservation {Mandal Commission} takes place and with help of Vice Principal Mithalesh {Manoj Bajpayee} things go out of hand. Deepak and Sushant in state of anger are forced to leave the college and due to bad politics Dr.Anand too suffers a setback. What happens next is what the entire film is about.

    Story as all Prakash Jha’s films is based on an untouched social theme. But along with the reservation policies the film also deals about the impact of coaching classes in our education society. Screenplay is superb especially in the first half. Each and every scene in the first half of the film makes you groove inside the film more and more. Sadly the second half does not match up to the level of the first half. The main theme starts to disappear in the second half and slowly the film focuses only on the side topic. There are some fantastic scenes in the first half like The titles, Saif Interview, Board Meeting with Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchan in the assembly hall, Saif-Manoj-Prateiks argument over the Reservation policy, Saif accusing Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchans frustration against coaching classes, His speech to newspaper, Amitabhs discussion with Darshan Jhariwala and Deepika, Manoj insulting Amitabh Bachchan, Amitabh Bachchans coaching students, etc. but on the flip side the predictable climax, the over lengthy second half, repetitive scenes in second half and dilution of the theme of reservation in the second half leaves the viewers bit unsatisfied after a brilliant and fiery first half. Editing was highly required in the second half; a good amount of trimming would definitely help the film. Camera work is good.

    Music is fine and songs like “Acchi Lagti ho” and “Mauka” are the only sort of entertainment in this hard hitting serious film. “Roshni” is used well in background, but “Saans Albeli” is the best song from the whole album.

    Prakash Jha gave us some masterpiece films like Damul, Mrityudand, Hip Hip Hurray and on certain level even Gangajal. But after Gangajal his touch started getting bit diluted in Aparhan and Rajneeti. If you take Aparhan the theme is there in start, but later the movie shifts to personal revenge drama. Same happened in Rajneeti and out here in Aarakshan too. The main topic is touched and well used in first half, but later the director’s touch was not to be found at all. No doubt he gives us a superb message and some stellar performance in the second half, but a twenty thirty minutes subjects gets stretched for more than its double time. Still we give him a deserving pat for touching such sensitive subject and blending a different and unique way of its solution too. It’s a second thing that one might or might not agree with the solution suggested by the film maker.

    Amitabh Bachchan as Dr.Prabhakar Anand is fantastic. For a change this Principal does not fold his hands to its junior successor and decides to fight on its principals and moral values. His whole persona is superb and the dramatic scenes between him and Saif, him and Manoj and others are outstanding. Not to forget the angry looks thru his eyes, it’s says everything. Saif Ali Khan is explosive in the first half, but due to bad writing and half baked role ends as just supporting actor in the second half. Deepika is fine, but nothing great. Prateik delivers a good performance; still a better actor would have enhanced this role much more. Manoj Bajpayee is superb and deserves to stand opposite Mr.Bachchans wonderful performance. Tanvi Azmi shines in some scenes. Darshan, Yashpal, Saurabh Shukla and others are just average. Hema Malini’s Special appearance was predictable and not up to the mark.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ is film mein kitna hai Dum?

    Dum hai, bahut Dum hai especially in the first half. But thanks to weak second half one does feel the drama is more outside the film than inside the film {Second Half}. Still definitely worth a watch for its unique theme, stellar performances, fantastic debating points, Simple yet powerful solution for education system and Mr.Amitabh Bachchan. The film had all the merits to get its reservation as a path breaking film, sadly ends up as an above average different film.

    Ratings : 3.75/5

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