Story: Amitabh Bachchan, a principal of a premier college in Bhopal, is forced to resign from his post after he makes a controversial statement about India’s reservation policy. Having alienated himself from his well-wishers and students, which includes his dalit protegee, Saif Ali Khan, he tries to rebuild life again. More importantly, he tries to save the Indian education system from unscrupulous sharks like Manoj Bajpayee who want to totally commercialise it and convert it into India’s largest money-making enterprise, courtesy private coaching centres, capitation fee etc.
Movie Review: Filmmaker Prakash Jha is a breed apart. Beginning as a premier proponent of India’s parallel cinema movement in the 1970s-1980s, he never chose to lose his moorings. Instead, he opted to increase the contours of his canvas by opting for a kind of cinema that combined art with mainstream, meaning with masala. Hence the importance of films like Gangajal, Apharan, Rajneeti, where you will manage to focus on some of India’s burning issues, without getting bored to death.
Aarakshan follows the identical rules of the particular games, where the filmmaker attempts to adopt an incisive examine India’s policy of reservation and its particular impact on the particular Indian education method. Atleast that’s the matter he begins with and is targeted on in the first half the film. The tensions the Supreme Court’s verdict around the Mandal Commission’s recommendations elicit locate a resonance in the everyday functioning of Bhopal’s top private college since pro and anti-reservationists endanger to shatter the particular campus calm. Principal Bachchan endeavors hard to impose discipline inside stormy precincts yet soon, the chaos sears both his / her personal and specialist life. His preferred student and infirmary, Saif Ali Khan, who’s managed to fight the chances despite his underprivileged backdrop, accuses him to be a casteist and also turns his again on him, although upper caste pupil — another preferred — Prateik Babbar, accuses him to be a pro-reservationists and also holds him in charge of messing with the particular career of meritorious pupils. But more dangerous will be the moves of the particular managing committee which begins to find out a potential foe in him and also replaces him with all the corrupt, insincere, vice-principal, Manoj Bajpayee, who chooses to be able to concentrate more about his umpteen instruction centres than around the affairs and the concerns with the college and the students.
So significantly, so good. Provided that the film focuses on the key problem, it is packed with high drama, with powerful encounters involving the prime players. The particular confrontations between Amitabh Bachchan and also Saif Ali Khan are usually absolutely explosive and also riveting stuff, with Saif pitching in a of his very best performances after Omkara. Yet poor guy! Little does he realise what are the results to him inside the second half. He could be suddenly and arbitrarily taken from the screen because the movie completely loses track from your main issue and also peters off in to a completely different account. One that tries to check out the usual good guy versus villain formula in which a larger-than-life Bachchan struggles a mean and also machiavellian Manoj Bajpayee. The matter of Aarakshan is very forgotten as the particular film becomes any diatribe against exclusive coaching institutes, with Professor Bachchan offering an inspiring alternative by providing free tutorials in the tabela (cow drop). Needless to state, all his stalwarts soon join the particular tabela revolution, including Saif that is reduced to merely a by-stander in the complete show.
Sad. Because being a film on the matter of reservation, Aarakshan was rocking till the initial half. But as a possible omnibus on the particular travails of India’s schooling system, it flounders directly into no-man’s land. Watch it for your intermittent high drama as well as the gritty performances, scattered while they are.