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Like all Prakash Jha films, Aarakshan has been in the news for the controversies surrounding it. The governments of Punjab and UP had banned the film because it broached on a delicate subject. Later the ban was lifted. The banning of the film has ensured that now more people will go and watch the film. When will political parties understand that banning a certain film only increases the curiosity surrounding it.
All this drama was needless as the issue of reservations takes a back seat in the second half, and the film takes on the issue of private coaching classes. It was as if that even Prakash Jha was scared of taking on the issue. It feels like we are watching two different films with the same characters. Let us check out the story of this film to understand the film further.
Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachan) is the principal of a state college. He has tirelessly worked and got the college to the top ranking. He has a protégé, Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan), who is also in love with his daughter Poorbi (Deepika Padukone). Working under Prabahkar Anand is vice principal, Mithilesh Singh (Manoj Bajpai) and is the total opposite of Prabhakaran Anand. He is more interested in running his private coaching classes and making money for himself.
Prabhakaran Anand suspends him for running private classes, but Mithilesh in turn with his political connections gets Prabhakaran removed, and now begins the story of Prabhakaran' s struggles. He is supported by his students. Will they be able to make the change, or will the corrupt powers win?
The title is completely misleading. Unlike the previous Prakash Jha films, this film does not take a critical look at the reservation laws of the country. It starts of as something else and ends as something else. They tackle the issue of private coaching classes ruining the education system. Though, the issue has been depicted well, then why was there a need to name the film Aarakshan? Was it only to get publicity through controversy? If so, then the move has worked as two states had banned the film, thus invoking more curiosity.
The story of the film is good, but still one fails to understand why the film changes track after intermission. Just when one feels this film will bluntly take on the issue of reservation, they will be disappointed with film going after private coaching classes. Also, the second half could have been cut short as it drags quite a bit. The dialogues are good sometimes and feel too preachy at times; hence, there is an inconsistency in them.
The direction by Prakash Jha is good. However, criticism is due for naming the film wrongly. The film is about private coaching classes. The second half is also quite lengthy and the film drags quite a bit. The biggest error done by him is the handling of Saif' s character. He is supposed to be one of the main characters, but in the second half his role reduced to that of an onlooker. It feels as if the second half is directed by a completely different director. Otherwise, the first half of the film is good.
In the acting department, Amitabh Bachan takes the cake. He stamps his authority over all the other actors. Saif puts in one of his best performances, but sadly he is completely wasted after the interval. Manoj Bajpai is also solid and does a great job. Deepika too, surprisingly gives a good performance and does more than just looking pretty throughout the film.
The music is decent but nothing to hum about. The editing is good, but the editor could have used their power and chopped all the needles scenes in the second half. The cinematography is good and adds to the film' s overall appeal.
The production value of Aarakshan is good and thanks to the controversy caused by it, the film does not require much publicity. However, whatever publicity that has been done will ensure that this film becomes a hit.
It is sad that such a good filmmaker like Prakash Jha has shied away from taking on the subject of reservation. This subject is one that has caused grief and has divided India, It is sad to see filmmakers are still fearful to give an honest opinion on it.
Verdict: Thanks to the controversy, many will have to make an Aarakshan to get a ticket of the film as the film is set to be a hit.
Reviewed by: Harshal Anand
Firoz Nadiadwala, Prakash Jha
Aarakshan Reviews by Twitter Users:
rahul patel reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 10:27:54Z
AArakshan must watch, a movie full of reality, overall aussum art of work by PRAKASH JHA. Grt man salute u.
vajreshwari reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 10:18:45Z
Box Office: ' Aarakshan' Collects Rs 27 Crores in Five Days
vajreshwari reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 10:13:45Z
Aarakshan Saturday - Business has shown a big jump everywhere.
vajreshwari reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 10:13:23Z
Akshay Kumar Watches Aarakshan With Family
vajreshwari reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 10:09:13Z
Aarakshan earns Rs 25 cr in 4 days despite of ban.. :) :)
Sugumar Govindarajan reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 09:42:52Z
Saw Aarakshan Movie. Amazing film. Raises genuine concerns of Dalits. Not offensive to any cast or community. Why Maya/AP banned it?
culdivsac reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 09:40:46Z
My one line review for Aarakshan: Noble intentions don' t a good film make.
Navi reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 09:31:09Z
Aarakshan is quite sincere, and mature movie, overall a good movie to watch...
Avantika Pyper reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 08:56:30Z
Went to see Aarakshan y' day. Brilliant film and of course @SrBachchan was amazing as ever. If only folk like Prabhakar Anand did exist..
George K Joy reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 08:53:43Z
wants to see Aarakshan..the reviews are jus average..bt still its a prakash ja film
Yoganand Akkinapalli reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 08:49:38Z
Aarakshan , for me, is an 8/10 mvi.. Good mvi with some good ideas..
Vivek Misra reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 08:44:59Z
Haven' t seen a movie like Aarakshan (reservation) before.
Shishir reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 08:20:30Z
Watched this amazing piece of chutiap called Aarakshan. Massive headache has ensued.
Sourabh Nayak reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 08:19:54Z
Aarakshan is absolute shit of a movie. Jha doesn' t even know what he wants to portray.
GaneShane reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 08:11:37Z
One of the most controversial films of 2011, Aarakshan is doing well at the box office, despite being banned in 4...
saumya joshi reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 07:58:31Z
@deepikapadukone You in AARAKSHAN.... feeling proud about YOU beeing my FAVOURITE evrytime since u' ve joined Modeling & Acting.Ways to go :)
nehaloonawat reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 07:45:13Z
AB kept repeating his dialogues, once in pure hindi and then in english throughout
cinemaanalysis reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 07:43:22Z
Aarakshan is good ..to watch and ratings are so high for da movie...7 out of 10 OMG...
sruthi reddy reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 07:40:04Z
‘Aarakshan’ On The Right Path
bipin datar reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 07:40:04Z
cruise: Aarakshan-The bitter pill
Sunny-G reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 07:34:11Z
@SrBachchan watching your movie Aarakshan made me cry, and encouraged me to build a free institution for children who wanna learn n achieve.
Keiko Marutani reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 06:39:16Z
Aarakshan: 10% relaxation for OBC, says SC
Pooja Rao reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 06:34:07Z
whats with all the #Aarakshan bashing just cause story doesn' t live up to its ' title' . Since when are the two expected to be related?!
Hira B Pradhan reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 06:32:22Z
" AARAKSHAN-Reservation" What a Bullshit movie!! Never reserve your seats to watch this movie.A full waste of time and money.
MouthShut.com reviewed on 2011-08-18 at 06:24:25Z
1/5 Review on Aarakshan Movie by ssvikas : The film doesn' t know what it wants to t
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