Aarakshan (2011)

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A decision by India's supreme court tests a man's friendships and loyalty.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Prabhakar Anand
Deepak Kumar
Mithilesh Singh (as Manoj Bajpai)
Prateik ...
Sushant Seth
Tanvi Azmi ...
Kavita P. Anand
Mantri Baburao
Darshan Jariwalla ...
Anirudh Chaudhary (as Darshan Jariwala)
Yashpal Sharma ...
Shambhu Yadav
Police Inspector
Rajeev Verma ...
S.M. Zaheer ...
Retired Professor
Chetan Pandit
Vinay Apte ...
Neta Bhishamber
Anita Kanwar ...
Mrs. Kantaprasad


Following the Mandal Commission report and the Supreme Court of India's decision to maintain a 27 percent reservation for Dalits and lower/backward castes, right-winged political parties organize protests. The Principal of Shakuntala Thakral Mahavidyalal, a non-government college which is exempt from this mandate, gets in the limelight when it's Principal, Prabhakar Anand, endorses the decision - much to the ire of the trustees as well as the newly appointed Vice-Principal Mithilesh Singh, who has invested Rs.1200 Crores in private coaching classes. Prabhakar refuses to change his stand and ends up tendering his resignation, taking his family, consisting of his wife, Kavita and daughter, Poorbi, to live near Shambhu Yadav's Tabela after they find their family home being taken over by Mithilesh's coaching classes. Attempts to evict Mithilesh's staff will be in vain and will not only end up alienating the family from everyone but Prabhakar will also be summoned and possibly arrested for... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

12 August 2011 (USA)  »

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$342,801 (USA) (12 August 2011)


$342,801 (USA) (12 August 2011)

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The whole movie was wrapped up within 3 months in one long schedule in Bhopal, the shoot was complete before the expected date. See more »


Throughout the movie Deepak Kumar and Mithilesh Singh are shown carrying BlackBerry 9800 Torch mobile phones. The movie is set in 2008 whereas the phone was launched in 2010. See more »


Prabhakar Anand: Q.E.D. stands for "Quite Easily Done."
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Powerful Characters Bring Out A Relevant Topic. ♦ 84%
20 September 2013 | by (the Entertainment Capital of India) – See all my reviews

Prakash Jha is one filmmaker who doesn't mind taking controversial topics & this time too he has succeeded in adapting a relevant topic on screen.

Amitabh Bachchan & Manoj Bajpai are terrific with their characters & portrayals. Deepkia Padukone & Saif Ali Khan add to the fervor. Supporting cast supports well. I am mesmerized by the intuitive fast- paced screenplay for a drama without cutting the lines short. Music is apt & there is no single moment where it attenuates. With all the college atmosphere & the grave state of education system in India just makes it too interesting.

Personally, I enjoyed the whole movie which also is emotional, dramatic, romantic & lovable at times. Except for the foggy climax & the feeble conclusive plot lines, I rate it a good 8.4 out of 10.

BOTTOM LINE: Highly Recommended to youngsters & adults alike if they are looking for an answer on the education system in India. Not that it answers brightly, but you will enjoy for sure.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

Profanity: Mild | Sex/Nudity/Porn/Smoking/Alcohol: No | Violence: Strong | Gore: No

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