Aarakshan - External Reviews
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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48 reviewers have given Aarakshan an average rating of 2.0/5.0 (?)
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So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...I was frankly surprised by my engaged response to Aarakshan. I wished it had been better (in terms of the supporting characters, in terms of the writing) and shorter, but I could really identify with the girl who cannot concentrate on the sums on the blackboard, on the pleasures of learning, because she can only think about the marks she needs in order to sit for her exam.... full review
So-So by Bikas Mishra, DearCinema ...It’s a highly accomplished film that chooses to work within the discipline of commercial aesthetics of Hindi cinema which the industry seems to be trying hard to write off in favour of Hollywood inspired realistic-plausible storytelling and Europe inspired self-indulgent auteur cinema.... full review
Thumbs down Live Mint ...Thankfully, Bachchan holds the show together. He towers above the rest and makes the most of a script that is weighed down by the burden of the subject. He brings gravitas and dignity to the role of the righteous Anand. He is the one reason to watch Aarakshan. ... full review
Thumbs up by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com ...The sequences showing Prabhakar Anand teaching maths in a tabela with ample support from his daughter (Deepika Padukone), and two students from different social stratas (Saif Ali Khan and Prateik) convey the warmth of an idealism that we lost in our cinema since the days of Hrishikesh Mukherjee's "Satyakam".... full review
So-So by Ruchi Mehta, Roochster ...I got very bored in the first half. I was losing interest and felt like it was such a waste of my time. They didn’t even show the story properly and neither was it gripping. The second half however, was damn good but hardly related to the subject and more about competition and teaching a lesson to the bad guy.... full review