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Friday, August 19, 2011

Arakshan Movie Review (BD)

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Movie Information: IMDB Link

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee, Deepika Padukone, Prateik Babbar

Direction: Prakash Jha

Genre: Drama

Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

Movie Overview:

First, the film will surely have the diverse opinion amongst the viewers. Prakash Jha’s directorial venture “Arakshan” according to me is an ordinary fare.

The film has a very loose screenplay and a poor script; due to which the film could never create an overall percussion of this burning issue. The film remains focused on the issue of reservation until the first half but loses its grip from the second half (where the film diverges completely from reservation point of view to parallel education system, say tuitions or coaching classes).

The director actually presents the Arakshan from a very narrow point of view. He deals with the Arakshan system in the field of education (and he deals well) but what about Arakshan in jobs or economic affairs? Here he arrantly fails to answer the viewers.

Even for the reservation system in schools and colleges, the makers never take a stand for either side; he just displays both the sides of reservation system merely via debate and never concludes for an effective output out of the debate. The film in the second half looks more like the success story of “super 30” (Google it).

As far as performances are concerned, Amitabh and Manoj Bajpayee are the highlights. The whole movie revolves around them. The love angle between Saif and Deepika is side lined and the screen space of Saif Ali Khan is so less that he could have been mentioned as in guest appearance on the rolling titles.

I have never questioned the ability of Mr. Jha to handle the sensitive issues of the society, but I must say he has failed this time.

The movie is still a onetime fare only if you ignore the title of the film.

Quick Review:


Brilliant performance by AB and Manoj Bajpayee. Nothing much to tell aobut Saif as his role was very short ( I feel thats why Ajay Devn refused the movie) and Deepika' dialogue delievery is getting well film by film, must say that.Veterans like Yashpal Sharma are wasted due to uni dimensional script.

Story And Screenplay:
The story is completely predictable and the film has almost no twists and turns in the script. Screenplay is very poor.

Editing And Cinematography:
The editing is loose. The duration of the movie almost three hours, seem too much for a simple story. Cinematography is okay.

Music And Background Score:
Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is an utter flop. Minus "Accha Lagta Hai" all the songs fail to amuse the viewer. Prakash Jha as usual manages to get good background score.

I dont see loopholes in the direction. But the screenplay itself is so weak, that a director cant help it.

Arakshan has no zing thing in it. I rate it a 3.

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