Critic reviews and ratings

  • ...communicates an engaging story with very relatable characters. It's a movie that is truly inspiring and thought-provoking...

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  • ...there is so much that you carry away from the film that the flaws fade away from consideration.

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  • Like Raajneeti, this one has a broad sweep.

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  • Jha remains a rare director in the industry who can mount a big film with stars and weave a tale of relevance.

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  • ...as a film on the issue of reservation, Aarakshan was rocking till the first half. But as an omnibus on the travails of India's education system, it flounders into no-man's land.

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  • ...is not afraid to take a stand and Jha's sure-footed storytelling is a delight, but what's the point if the issue itself is abandoned mid-way? Still as a film, it remains highly watchable for the performances and the gripping, relevant story.

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  • ...good flick...

    59

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  • I was frankly surprised by my engaged response to Aarakshan.

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  • ...has its heart at the right place. But it takes so long to convey its message that you run out of patience.

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  • ...a rather safe, superficial and simplistic take on an extremely complex theme. The film lets off steam, and generates some smoke, but the fire is missing.

    49

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  • ...has all the right intentions but it is a tad confusing in its stance.

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  • ...just an average affair. Could've been shorter and better.

    49

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  • ...is, what I call, a bell-curve film. Starts shabbily, reaches a peak around mid-way and ends more shabbily than it started.

    49

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  • ...has a good subject and noble intention but its execution and presentation make it messy and boring.

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  • Given how extensively the film talks about the commercialisation of education, I think someone should take up the cause of commercialisation of inflammatory issues. While Jha has succeeded in garnering enough attention for Aarakshan as a result, he has failed to give this sensitive issue its due.

    49

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  • ...while Bachchan is a strong reason to watch Aarakshan, pretty much everything else around him falls apart.

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  • I wish people would see Aarakshan and instead object to Jha's vision, the execution of his muddled script, which half way through forgets its purpose, and varying degrees of unimpressive performances.

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  • ...is well-intentioned, but you can't shake off the feeling that you're trapped by a three-hour-long tirade.

    39

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  • ...could have been a well-marshalled case of caste-and-conscience, but it turns out to be more light-weight cash-and-carry.

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  • Except for afew well-written 'speeches' the film lacks any real drama or even a stable core that can convey with any degree of conviction what exactly the director wants to say. It fires in all directions like a malfunctioning gun and never hits the target.

    39

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  • Mainstream cinema has a way of simplifying the most complex of issues, but in that simplicity, it also manages to touch a chord, reach out and even initiate debate. Prakash Jha fails to do any of that with Aarakshan.

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  • ...tries so hard to be equally "massy, mainstream". It ends up being neither. A fine opportunity is lost.

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  • Since the movie looks to create consent, it deliberately avoids litigious or divisive aspects of the issue.

    39

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