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Aakrosh (1980)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Thriller  -  1980 (India)
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A public prosecutor discovers the harsh realities about life of the scheduled tribes in India during 1980s while defending a case of a tribesman charged of murdering his wife.

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Advocate Bhaskar Kulkarni
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Nagi
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Public Prosecutor Dushane
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Bhiku Lahanya
Mahesh Elkunchwar ...
Social worker
Bhagyasri Kotnis ...
Bhiku's sister
Arvind Deshpande ...
Dr. Vasant M. Patil
Mohan Agashe ...
Bhonsle (as Dr. Mohan Agashe)
Vinay Apte
Vihang Nayak
Achyut Potdar ...
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Madhukar Nayak
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Jaishree
Reema Lagoo ...
Lavhni dancer
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After working with his mentor and Public Prosecutor Dushane for many years, Advocate Bhaskar Kulkarni is assigned a legal aid case of Bhiku Lahanya, who is accused of brutally killing his wife, Nag, for disobeying him and refusing to have sex with other men. Bhiku remains silent when asked to plead guilty or otherwise. Bhaskar's efforts to get him to subsequently confide in him, prove in vain. Even when Bhaskar goes to talk to Bhiku's dad and sister, he is shunned. When he persists his window panes are broken, then one night he is attacked and knifed. He gets Police protection through the courts and persists with his questions - only to run into nothing but a wall of silence. Then he is contacted by a Social Worker who tells him what really happened. Before Bhaskar could do anything, the Social Worker goes missing, & Bhiku's dad passes away. When Bhiku is permitted to attend his funeral - this is where Bhiku will break his silence - a silence that will see him face another charge of ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Aakrosh....cry of the wounded.


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Brilliant
22 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest movies ever made in the world. Not just in India. The movie direction , the story line , the actors , the music and everything else about this movie is just superb. The story is very powerful and the depth of characters is great. I fall short of any adjectives for this movie. The young lawyer's ( Naseeruddin Shah ) frustrations and attempts to free himself from the legal shackles of the court room and his thirst for something sane outside of this oppressive system is brilliantly portrayed. On the other hand his mentor cum opponent's ( Amrish Puri )total submission to this mindless system and his slavery to seek proof and evidence for everything human is well portrayed. The background score elevates the effect.

In a nut shell any attempt to describe this movie will always fall short of it's greatness. The best way to appreciate this movie is to watch it and you are sure to be struck dumb. I don't have any means to give infinite stars for this movie otherwise I would have done so. Unfortunately for this movie, it was made in the wrong time and place and it's predominantly leftist leanings gave it away. Furthermore it was mainly anti-establishment. It did not have the backing of a powerful media and advertisement paraphernalia. Hence this movie was a box office flop. Interestingly , though this movie was the forerunner to a number of box office hits attacking the political system in India.


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