India is a land of culture, tradition and modernity and this lethal combination gives birth to various kinds of debates and situations that can spark fire across the nation. Directed by Prakash Jha, Aarakshan tells us more about the socio-political drama that goes on in between politicians and the schedule caste people and about the topic of reservation policy that provides seats to low caste schedule people rather than those who really deserve the position in various educational institutions and government offices. The movie stars Amitabh Bacchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, Prateik Babbar and Manoj Bajpai in the lead roles.
The movie tells us about Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh) who is a principal of the college but he has his own ideals and thinking. He uses those ideals to make sure that the students of his college excel and perform better. On the other is his loyal student, Deepak (Saif) who is in love with Poorbi (Deepika) who is also the daughter of Prabhakar. Deepak and Sushant (Prateik) are best buddies. However, things go wrong when Supreme Court releases order on reservation and suddenly the entire so-very-sweet drama turns into a highly volatile conflict between different characters.
Since it is a Prakash Jha movie you ought to expect some powerful performances from the main characters. Amitabh is known as the megastar of Bollywood and he makes sure that he delivers his very best at all times and he does that amazingly throughout the movie. However, when we talk about performance, it would be Manoj Bajpai that steals the show after Amitabh. The conflict between the two opposite characters in the movie is worth watching and leaves maximum impression on your minds as an audience. Some of the scenes between Saif and Deepika are excellent because they both perform their characters well, but a better screenplay would have made huge differences to the level of entertainment provided. Prateik is also amazing in the kind of role he is given so overall all characters have tried their best to stick to their roles. The cinematography by Sachin Krishn and screenplay by Anjum Rajabali and Prakash Jha is excellent and makes the movie watchable. The music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy is hummable but not one of their best for sure, but anyways when we talk about Prakash Jha movies we talk about the content of the film and not the music.
Prakhas Jha is probably the only director in Bollywood who have maintained his position of providing some hard hitting social messages to the audience. If you take a quick look at some of his past movies like Mrityudand, Gangajal, Apaharan, and Raajneeti all of them were strong scripted movies and the focus on other music and other things were far less. In this movie, the director deals with the caste based reservation policy that does not allow the dseserving candidate to get government jobs and admissions in educational institutions and the director has done well to showcase the agony of the youth in his own special way. In other words, audience who love to watch some powerful cinema with some strong social message should quickly reserve their seats for weekend show.