Aarakshan - Notepad

wogma rating: Watch when on TV (?)
quick review:

Aarakshan is, what I call, a bell-curve film. Starts shabbily, reaches a peak around mid-way and ends more shabbily than it started. And yes, the issue is not "quote system", we are talking about our hollow education system here. Only that, that too gets a superfluous treatment.

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Plot Summary

The principled principal of a college gets himself caught in between the two sides of the reservation argument. And suddenly he sees the root of the evil in the parallel commercial education system.

What Worked

  • Background music in the titles.
  • I don't necessarily have a musical ear, but I think the theme music starts with the notes of "vaishnav jan to". I thought that fit in well with the theme of the film.
  • Some of the dialogues had an awesome punch.
  • The scene where Prabhakar (Amitabh Bachchan) dismisses Poorbi's (Deepika Padukone) sacrifice as collateral damage.

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • Some of the words used by Deepika Padukone and Saif Ali Khan like "sthir". Didn't go well with the characters or the flow of the dialogue at all.
  • Manoj Bajpai's wig.
  • Awful cuts. There was no way to keep track of the timeline. Have minutes passed by between two scenes or days? Some lines/scenes could be interpreted as both.
  • When did Deepak (Saif Ali Khan) change his decision about not going to the US?
  • The whole house being taken over business! How can a person who has no agreement with the owner of a property legally give the property away on rent!? Didn't make sense at all!
  • A phone number from US starts with 9122. Come on!