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Before opening "Admissions Open" will be closed.

Author: pravat_65 from India
4 June 2010

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Aman Films Production's Admissions Open (UA) is the story of a group of people, which considers the current education system with grades, marks, classes, faculties et al flawed. These like-minded people want to revolutionise the entire education system for which they start SPIRIT (South Pune Institute of Research & Information Technology). Prof. Tariq Siddiqui (Anupam Kher), whose brainchild the new education system is, has also chalked out a new curriculum for the same. He envisages a learning process without faculty members and in which each student is allowed to follow his heart and pursue the subject which interests him. Unfortunately, even before the new college can open, Prof. Tariq Siddiqui breathes his last. Arjun Sehgal (Ankur Khanna), who is among one of the first students to register his name in the new college, now takes it upon himself to fulfil Prof. Siddiqui's dream. He has the support of three friends of and Prof. Devang Tripathi (Ashish Vidyarthi), a drunkard and a degenerate who has been thrown out by the University and who has radical thoughts about education.

Prof. Devang, Arjun and his three friends succeed in mustering the support of hundreds of students. But the five founder-members of the college are clueless about Prof. Siddiqui's curriculum and its whereabouts. Arjun luckily manages to lay his hands on a copy of the curriculum and soon thereafter opens the college where each student is allow- ed to opt for the subject he feels passionate about.

Calamity strikes when Raghuvendra Reddy (Pramod Moutho), the principal of a prestigious college in Pune – Engineering College Of Pune – complains to the National Accreditation Council (NAC) against SPIRIT for being run without accreditation. What happens in the NAC meeting and thereafter is revealed in the climax.

Writers K.D. Satyam, Srikanth Kumar Kandala and Haldar Chaturvedi have penned such a juvenile script that it is an embarrassment to watch a film based on it. The new college looks like an ashram where classes on seduction and occult sciences are held alongside cookery and painting classes! After one event in the college campus, girls and boys are shown to be sleeping with one another in suggestive positions. And when Prof. Devang Tripathi sees this, all he does is smile and crack a sick joke! In any case, Prof. Devang is shown to be a weird professor who drinks throughout the day and has no qualms about doing so in front of his students and while taking lectures! He even uses filthy language (muted by the CBFC) in the course of his lectures. Instead of the audience's sympathy going to him in the NAC meeting when he is thrown out, the public experiences no emotion whatsoever. The clothes he wears in college and also in the NAC meeting (where the Council members are suited-booted) would not even befit a watchman, leave alone a professor. What the writers wanted to prove by showing Prof. Devang being ignorant about Prof. Siddiqui's curriculum is not clear. Except for showing Prof. Devang in a bad light and as a person who couldn't be bothered about anything, the ignorance does little else.

Yet another drawback of the script is that the current education system has been condemned so badly that it would seem to be a crime to be a part of it. Although the story is about the education system, the pronunciations of the English words by the students as well as by Prof. Siddiqui and Prof.Reddy are so vernacular that one could die of shame. The film often raises the point about the accreditation of the college but unbelievable as it may sound, Prof. Siddiqui and even a member of the National Accreditation Council pronounce the word as 'accredition'. Absolutely shameful! All in all, the story, screenplay and dialogues are pathetic.

Ankur Khanna tries to be earnest but is horribly let down by the script. Arshi neither has screen presence nor acting talent. Her dancing is an eyesore. Anupam Kher is mechanical. Ashish Vidyarthi does well but his character is too loud for comfort. Pramod Moutho is sincere. Rati Agnihotri, Yusuf Khan, Sudesh Berry, S.M. Zaheer, Shabnam Kapoor, Shirish Sharma, Ravi Pandey (in the role of Sharad), Abhishek Sharma (as Ashutosh), Manish Vatsalya (as Jimmy) and Dushyant Raj Bhardwaj (in the role of Sachin) provide average support.

K.D. Satyam's direction gives the impression that he knows precious little about the craft of film-making. In other words, his direction is terrible. About the only good thing in the film is Amit Trivedi's music score. The songs are fairly well-tuned. Song picturisations (Raju Khan) are too routine to be true. Madhu S.Rao's camera-work is shockingly poor with a lot of scenes being out of focus. Production and technical values are dull.

On the whole, Admissions Open is such a horrifyingly weak film that most creative people associated with it need to take admission in institutes offering them crash courses in their respective crafts. A disgusting disaster which pretends to be issue-based!

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Bad Attempt!!

Author: Shyam Narayanan TK (ShyamNTK) from India
21 October 2010

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Admissions Open boasts of a strong cast and crew, Anupam Kher, Rati Agnihotri, Ashish Vidyarthi, and music by the mastero Amit Trivedi. Also, it is about the defects of the current education system, which is intended more towards the grades and marks, than the talents. But, a one-line idea which sounds great may not work well, when it comes to a 2+ hour movie. The screenplay matters, and that is where This movie fails miserably. The movies tries out something, and ends up nowhere.

So, the concept of studying whatever one wants, in an 'Open University' sounds innovative, but the methodologies used to implement that are ridiculous. It seems so stupid at times, like ma=king our own subjects and making our own curriculum.

And the writer has blatantly lifted some portions from Chetan Bhagat's 'Five Point Someone', a guy who wants to study engineering, with a paralysed father and a hard-earning school teacher-mother, and a sister. However, the house of that guy is very large, don't know how. May be his dad got paralysed recently only. Also, the Villain professor sequence is there in the movie, the professor against his son's wish to become musician, and wants his son to join IIT, and the bechaara son eventually commits suicide. It was writer in book, and musician in film, that's the difference.

The hero has got some talent, but sadly he has nothing to do because of the weak script. He, even with his below- average looks, manages to do well. Ashish Vidyarthy is an excellent actor, he does well, but is having the same expression throughout the film. Anupam Kher does his part well.

Special mention about the villain of the film. That guy is a student in India's top engineering college, and look at his costume!! He looks straight out of an Amul frenchie ad.!! Is there any pre condition that the villain should be in that kind of dress only??? Another guy who deserves special mention is the one with a long knife, who wants to be a 'Bhai'. He looks stupid with his 2003-John Abraham like hairstyle, and his knife, or whatever it is, looks totally fake.. And there is a sidekick for this gut, looking like Rajpal Yadav getting The Great Khali as the sidekick!!! Another great talent is the heroine. :P She is so unique, that we cant expect such bad acting from anybody else. She is expressionless, and moreover, is ugly-looking. Things would have been better if some good-looking girl was casted in place of her. Horrible looks and acting.. :( The remaining cast was okay, and the music by Amit Trivedi is okay. The BGM was good at places.

The movie is somewhat okay towards the last 10 minutes, but that is not enough for the viewers. The movie neither satisfies the critics, nor the reviewers. Bad attempt!!

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Basically if u guys have seen "Accepted" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384793/ starring Justin Long

Author: Ashutosh Singh from Allahabad
16 September 2010

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I wouldn't write anything awful about the movie because you can see what I rated to this title. Basically if u guys have seen "Accepted" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0384793/ starring Justin Long u can easily understand that it is a real bad try to copy the Accepted. The story line has been tempered in an old typical Indian way as to hide the steal or to prove that v r trying to make better remakes.

Now I would like to raise a question here that why do we copy the foreign movies if v don't have a proper capability to inherit a mind blowing idea. A truly embarrassing movie for the Indian Audience while going out of theater. I'm glad that i didn't buy platinum class tickets to watch this movie.

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