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Aakrosh

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quick review:

Slick action, though the super-moves might be unwarranted for the genre. About a flaw in our society, but completely hidden in the midst of the action. All negatives are completely overshadowed by the brilliant portrayal of the futile and toothless system that prevails in some parts of the country.

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Director: Priyadarshan
Running time: 150 minutes
Genres: Action, Thriller
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Good news - Priyadarshan Priyadarshan has taken a sabbatical from comedies .

Bad news - Aakrosh is about an issue that we as humans, can't be proud of. It tells us about the devilish nature humans adorn to 'protect' the God we believe in. It is about our need to control our environment to such an extent that we won't allow others' to control their own lives. It is based on honor killing, a concept that is not restricted to our country.

Even if director, Priyadarshan reassures us that Aakrosh is an entertaining thriller and not 'reality cinema', a subject like this is difficult to digest; despite being aware of the Neanderthal behavior in this '21st century'.

While one group of "humans" wants to control who a person falls in love with, another group of people decides what kind of cinema we should be exposed to. Yes, the censor boards was at it again. Aakrosh suffers its wrath because the language is too strong and it throws bad light on the CBI. Should we laugh or cry?

Anyway, issue-based film and politics aside, I'm always excited to see Ajay Devgn in a serious role. Besides, Bipasha Basu is trying to turn a new leaf with every release. Whether or not it works, her bold steps - different kind of bold, of course ;) - are worth applause by themselves.

Unfortunately, looks like Aakroshhas already lost the first battle. In the plethora of good music coming out these days, snoone's raving about Pritam's music, sample milliblog's music review.

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Here's the trailer till the date for Aakrosh's release freezes. The film has been delayed week after week.

- meeta, a part of the audience

The foreplay between the religious, political, and administrative systems is sickening in some parts of the country. Nothing new. But every once in a while, a film comes that reminds you of that 7th page news item you dismissed with a nod of helplessness. Throughout Aakrosh you want to ask the question, "how can these local goons/politicians/police get away with it?" And every time the film reminds you of the horrifying nexus which barely shakes by something we commoners call "HUGE" scam.

We see the world of the deteriorated legal system in Bihar through the eyes of the CBI investigators played by Ajay Devgn and Akshay Khanna. They are frustrated and left aghast by the situation, and so are we as an audience. This is when the issue of "honor killing" is barely talked about. In fact, it's assumed that the audience knows what the issue is. The reason for the atrocities are more or less left to our imagination. So people expecting ruthless bigotry won't see that. But ruthlessness, they'll see for sure. This ambiguous justification might as well be intentional. The issue could be anything, the vulnerability of the powerless, is after all, the same.

Only words like helpless and defenseless come to mind because as you see the massacre you wonder, "is fighting for the cause, however valid worth it?" Sure, t cause might be worth fight for. But when fighting for it ends up killing hopes and the people the hope belongs to, who is the fight for?

The fact that I can just spend three paragraphs just discussing the issue says that Priyadarshan has hit the nail. The direction is smart and razor-sharp. The joy of seeing a director, with so many awful films to his name, make such brilliant camera decisions is inexpressible. Because of his guidance, I witnessed some of the best performances from actors I've always admired.

Amongst the many villains of society, the policeman that Paresh Rawal plays is the one you want to see beaten to a pulp. Such emotion for an actor I look forward to watching - you can judge the power of his act. We've seen Ajay Devgn in similar roles, but you only want more, even if it's the same from him. True, his antics as Spiderman and James Bond do make you laugh. Though because it's all done well, the occasional 'whoa' does make an escape from your mouth. If only such action fit into the genre of social awakening.

The rest of the cast do their bit, albeit not necessarily as impressively. Any non-actor could easily have played Akshaye Khanna and Bipasha Basu and we wouldn't know the difference.

Also their characters aren't too detailed. While Bipasha Basu's character might serve the purpose of giving some backstory to other characters, Akshaye Khanna's character's only purpose seems to be to echo our thoughts, the thoughts of the city-bred audience. A person to whom an explanation can be given, so that the audience's question is also answered. The other flaw in the writing is that there is no flow between scenes. The events all look too disjointed.

While these things are somewhat acceptable, the songs and more so their abrupt placement in the film are just unforgivable. Not only are they obviously gratuitous, they completely ruin the build of the situation. This is also true of a few scenes where the pauses last a few seconds or the camera lingers longer than necessary. They make an otherwise well-paced film seem sluggish.

Yet, it is well worth the buck because Aakrosh has some of the most well-shot chase sequences - on foot, cycles and cars. Meanwhile, the issue raised is something that is not talked about too often. Even if people aren't killed too often, there are far too many couples who have to either part ways/live a very difficult life because they belong to different caste/region/religion. Nothing to be proud of, but needs to be documented. Hopefully the future generations will be able to take pride in the fact that they have evolved as human beings.

- meeta, a part of the audience

33 reviewers(?) - 14 yays 6 so-so 13 nays

Warning: clicking on "full review" will take you to an external website that could contain spoilers.

Thumbs up, by Stefan S, A Nutshell Review : ...It's the culture of silence that is most deafening, and for the first hour before the interval, Aakrosh is quite frustrating to sit through not because of its relatively slow pace, but how we see how helpless our heroes can be given their operating within red tape, and letting others rip them apart because processes rightfully bound them from hitting out.... full review

Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...There's no denying that Priyadarshan is a creative thinker with an amazing ability to handle comedy as well as intense drama. ... full review

Thumbs up, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...The fear of the local goons is so deep rooted that villagers choose to live in seclusion and silence.... full review

Thumbs up, filmi cafe : ...Sometimes you have to like a film just because its heart is in the right place, and because it dares to say something few have said before.... full review

Thumbs up, by Pankaj Sabnani, Glamsham.com : ...Akshaye Khanna is impressive. After DEEWANGEE, the chemistry between Ajay and Akshaye clicks even in AAKROSH.... full review

Thumbs up, Movie Talkies : ...The only sore thumb is the presence of Bipasha, who despite her deglamorised appearance, is still not able to pull it off as a small town girl subjected to constant abuse by her brutal husband.... full review

Thumbs up, by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror : ...There are some nice moments like Devgn flippng coins to entice a village kid to reveal information, Khanna and Devgn fighting goons with chilli powder by wearing polythene bags on their heads, the cycle chase through the bushes.... full review

Thumbs up, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now Running.com : ...One thing that surprises in the first half is the fact that Ajay Devgn plays a second fiddle to Akshaye Khanna.... full review

Thumbs up, by Preeti Arora, Rediff : ...The action sequences, although important, could have been a little less exaggerated to retain the realistic air of the film, which is drastically damaged by Devgn making ridiculous jumps from rooftop to rooftop.... full review

Thumbs up, by Vipul Tripathi, Reuters : ...The Ku Klux Klan is transplanted in Bihar as the “Shool Sena” and the burning crosses are replaced by burning tridents.... full review

Thumbs up, by K K Rai, STARDUST : ...Amita Pathak, Reema Sen, Jaideep Ahlawat enact their respective characters in the film with panache. Others extend able support to the main cast of the flick.... full review

Thumbs up, by Roy D'Silva, The Friday Freak : ...Paresh Rawal, who acts the sleazy, lecherous, ultra corrupt and maybe impotent police officer to the hilt... full review

Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...The film works primarily because it is paced like a high momentum thriller. Both the investigating officers, Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna, spend most of the screen time chasing leads, witnesses and crooks, albeit in different styles.... full review

So-So, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...While the depiction of brutality done in the name of caste is gory to the gut, the sudden slide into a romantic track between Devgan and the battered Bipasha Basu, or the Bharadwaj-inspired escapade into a raunchy item song “Issak Sa Meetha” that has Sameera Reddy heaving her bosom, isn’t exactly music to the ears.... full review

So-So, by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice : ...editing could have been sharper... full review

So-So, by JitadityaNarzary, Cinemaa Online : ...far from perfect but still remains watchable because of its pace... full review

So-So, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...What's nicely done, however, are some of the chase scenes. Particularly a Jason Bourne-style elaborate chase sequence between Devgan and a suspect... full review

So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Actually even more than the caste-issue, the film is about Ajay Devgn and his penetrating gaze, Akshaye Khanna with his city suave, and their triumph over the lawlessness of the land. ... full review

So-So, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...Neha has been a student activist who wants to bring peace between the two warring communities – Indians and Aussies.... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Every little detail in the film is borrowed from the 1988 English film made on disappearance of three civil rights workers in the 60s America which was then fighting with its class problems between the black and whites.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...Everything is over-the-top, from the background score to the performances and the dialogues.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, Film Impressions : ...The film with its sluggish pace and no nerve-stretching tension between the cops who belong to disparate worlds, remains at a superficial level, and dull as the dusty plains of the location. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...It’s too slow. Like CSI slow.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Garimella , fullhyd.com : ... it's not encouraging to see the CBI being shown as impotent... full review

Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, Hindustan Times : ...Everyone talks in a poor imitation of some godforsaken accent.... full review

Thumbs down, by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes : ...You patiently wait for the film to touch the theme of honour killing but all that you get is an uninteresting investigation escapade. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Ajay Devgan acts wonderfully, speaking through his eyes, expressions and body language as much as with the aid of dialogue... full review

Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...1The only two redeeming factors of Aakrosh concern Devgn... full review

Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...tone is loud and inconsistent.... full review

Thumbs down, by Padmaja Thakore, Passion for Cinema : ...igue heightened without dialogue... full review

Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Review and views uncensored : ...Okay, now even if you overlook the Hollywood inspiration, all you have are two CBI officers breaking into plenty of perspiration. Pursed Lips officer (Akshaye Khanna) has superseded his Bonfire Eyes senior (Ajay Devgn). Big deal. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Janhvi Patel, StarBoxOffice : ...as if filmmakers are capitalizing on the regression of rural India.... full review

198 tweeters(?) - 154 yays 20 so-so 24 nays

ybybyb: aakrosh is start to end you never bored ,action and dialogues r superb

yashrocks09: Aakrosh Review : Good one time watch in Theatre, average as a thriller... http://bit.ly/aACx9A

vishnoisahdev: "AAKROSH" genius top hit , psa vasul

vishalgaba: Movie Review: Aakrosh...an eye opener - http://theopinion.in/movie-review-aakrosh-an-eye-opener/ (via @theopinion_in)

ursabhilash: Watched AAkrosh gud film 3.75/5

tweezerw: Priyadarshan portrays the real corruption, police power, caste system in 21st century India via his film Aakrosh. #mondaymovies

tweeslam: Saw Aakrosh. Good one.

TrulyAditi: Saw Aakrosh yesterday..it's about honour killing...captivating film..Ajay Devgn as usual is superb...Paresh Rawal was great too

TheRealSyedAsif: Wanna go see Aakrosh! D reviews r good! 3 1/2 stars!

theopinion_in: Aakrosh..a well made movie with superb performances by Ajay-Akshaye-Paresh... http://fb.me/JxwRq0Ts

Tej1020: Yesterday seen aakrosh.a thrilling movie.paresh is brilliant in role of police officer

tarpido: got my Imate pda2k battery from ebay...finally got a mobile to tweet on the move even if its ancient.....btw loved Aakrosh!! Devgun rocks!!

sur_fashionista: paresh rawal acted really well in the movie #aakrosh

survesuryakant: saw Aakrosh last night...nice movie...

suri_rishi: Aakrosh an amazing movie ...

sumitagarwalla: watched aakrosh movie today...must watch...interesting movie on honour killings

Sugam_Rathi: Aakrosh is an engrossing watch..

sudheerkpreddy: Watchd AAKROSH..intense n hardhitng...likd it priyadarashan changd hs track 4m illogicl,brainles cmdy 2 thougt provkng muvi...

sudeepmitra1234: Aakrosh - Interesting PoV. Mature, restrained performances. Priyan delivers a Prakash Jha with elan !

startonomics: Never expected this to come from bollywood. Aakrosh is brilliant, powerful and brave. What a movie. *Bows to Priyan*

ssaparna: Aakrosh made a good watch! Bt4 the directorial blunders like AkshayeK gtng off an a/c coach when his intro was showing nxt2 an open window!

srinal_2000: Aakrosh.... A 'wow' movie after a long time..

sp_jugnu: AAkrosh hard and very nice Movie......Congrats Ajay Sir

Sourabh_M: Power packed thrill of 'Aakrosh' kept me really engrossed in the movie... Worth a watch.

snps13: saw AAKROSH today........mast movie and mast performances by akshaye khanna, paresh rawal and @ajaydevgn .......great going ajay!!!!

snehkothari: Saw AAKROSH last nite...amazingg moviee!! Ajay Devgn rocks...

smsharma: Just finished watching Aakrosh. It is a copy of my old favorite Mississippi Burning but a good copy. Engrossing and absolutely bearable.

smartynani: Watched AAKROSH movie last nite.gud movie,nice screenplay,no boring elements.watched it thru cube,pixel was 2gud.guess u all aware of cube.

sm63: Saw Aakrosh last night..liked it.. my views: http://bit.ly/cYmUvN

singhcd: #singhcdFILMreviews Aakrosh - Yet another copy.still its axn is damn gud.hav stomach4dark movies,wid loads of blood&gore.then this is for u.

shrinimkar: AAKROSH: Akrosh is a gritty, fast paced film weaved around the recent spat of honour killing that horrified India.

ShivIam: #Aakrosh Subject is good. Some starry stuff decrease the intensity; but still a good watch.

ShELEnDrAgRaWaL: Night Out from Boring Hostel........ Been in good drama movie (AAKROSH).....Guys going great with saturday....

Shamang_23: Watched #Aakrosh !!! really good !!

shahid_m59: #Aakrosh is a serious type film by #Priyadarshan ...i didnt feel bad about it since i didnt see the original...so no need to compare..

saurk123: Movie Review: Aakrosh good movie to watch: Aakrosh movie takes the basic plot of the Hollywood Movie, Mississisppi... http://bit.ly/bgF8uz

satpalsharma: "Aakrosh" for me is 6/10: At times powerful and engaging, at times a little inconsistent. Overall a decent watch. #ratings

sanjoyj: Saw aakrosh awesome movie totally unexpected

saagar4u: watched aakrosh last nite...amazing movie..a mustwatch..now lukin forward for jhoota hi sahi:-)

RomolaSen: Aakrosh is a great movie! You must see!! Akshaye is superb!

ritikkhatwani: #Aakrosh was nice. Devgan's done another good one this year.

RisingIndiawins: aakrosh - having worked in rural North Bihar and UP - seems accurate description of society there. Though DM/SP are sophisticated IAS/IPS.

reema_matts: Why Aakrosh is your best bet this weekend. It is my choice anyway - http://tinyurl.com/2fjjaw8

Read_SURYA: Aakrosh dekh kar aaya. HONOUR KILLING & CASTISM with BIHAR EFFECT. Achhi movie lagi. AJAY & AKSHAY too good. Akele dekhna bahot ajeeb laga.

ravisattavan: Aakrosh is a nice hard hitting movie. Depicts the grim law and order situation of small unknown towns in a perfect manner. Well done PriyaD

ranjchn: Aakrosh - a well made movie. Current issues mixed with some Indian spices! :-)

raj_kumarojha: Yesterday i watched AAKROSH.really ajay devgan is the best no one can beat him.

rajendravijay: Aakrosh is a nice watch. fast paced. doesnt bore you even for moment.

rahulselvam: Aakrosh Movie wasnt bad as expected.. Was quite good.. :)

raghuiscute: 2day i saw aakrosh...it is simply super and this is the movie i like in bollywood after @RGVzoomin sarka raj..........

premthelove: Ye confidence bhee badi kutti cheez hai, Nishane par lag jaye tho kamaal hai, nahi tho bas fir bawal hai.' [from aakrosh, i love this line]

pprabhutej: Just watched Aakrosh movie.Recommended.

PMakhijani: Movie Aakrosh is rock solid

piyushrahate: Aakrosh, high on drama, must watch for performances of Ajay and Akshay, they outperformed Deewangi. PriyaD creates another superb flick.

phunny_fun: Completed Aakrosh movie wz very gud i feel priyadarshan shud concentrate on action flicks dan dose boring comedy..

Pavanthoughts: PavanReviews: Aakrosh is a different Bollywood movie http://t.co/4twlRZt

PatriciaALopez: Aakrosh movie review: Watch it for some engaging fast-paced action http://ow.ly/19tExs

paddyverma: AAkROSH a gud movie by priyadarshan after a long tym.....superb acting by all..

nndasp: aakrosh was an unexpected gud movie

nithinkd: Planning to watch Aakrosh? It is an engaging movie. Despite geography/accent/continuity/'short clothes on wrong girl' issues

nickraman: Aakrosh is F*cking brilliant. Nuff said. I hope this runs because it's seriously effing awesome. Go. Watch. It. Now!

niaXIV: saw #Aakrosh yesterday and it was AWESOME!! @ajaydevgn and @bipsluvurself 's performance was amazing! Loved it :) :)

NavinFernandes: Watched the #Movie aakrosh over the weekend, loved it. Wish the real life had similar endings!

nautanki: Ajay Devgn's stunts in Aakrosh kick Salman's Dabanggiri with their tiniest toe! :D

naqaabrocks: AAKROSH mind blsting movie loved it :)

nair_ranjit: Saw AAKROSH!!!!!!priyadarshan has done a commendable job.,,.hats off!!!! Inspires us to think about other (cont) http://tl.gd/6he8ti

NabilahFitrey: Aakrosh .. ♥ @ajaydevgn, Akshaye Khanna, @bipsluvurself, Paresh Rawal ..

movie_masala: AAKROSH: Formulaic, but engaging. Excessive violence, but it is named Aakrosh after all. TOTALLY agree with the end. Semi-taut movie.

monarch_manoj: yesterday i saw 'AAKROSH' , immesnsly watchable movie, ajay rocks the screen again third time in a year

mohdgibrankhan: Aakrosh is a must wAtch

Modern_Gypsy: Just watched Aakrosh; excellent movie, hard hitting but very very good

mittalpatel: Some punches in first half are really great in Aakrosh. Though climax isn't that great but it's surely a nice watch.

mbashrikant: aakrosh is very fantastic movie

mayurporwal: Aakrosh**** is like Butter Toast which tastes smooth but its Crust stays Crispy & Crunchy. Storyline remains honest to its theme. #Aakrosh

Manojgenwa1: aakrosh movie is very fantastic mere ko to achhi lagi kya acting ki he ajay sir ne

malav03: it seems lik finally PRIYADARSHAN is bck in form wid AAKROSH!Superb acting by AJAY-AKSHAYE-PARESH!its edgy,dark & little lengthy!!go 4 it!

maddysha: Watched Aakrosh.. honest movie movies like this should be [email protected]vurself..pls let knw Priyan,Ajay,Akshay superb work from all

lonelycrowd: Aakrosh is a good action movie with a good story set in Bihar. dont miss it.

lazypragmatist: Aakrosh is an honest film with a lot of intent. If you love cinema close to cynicism-bordering reality, don't miss it.

Last_Clarion: Reco - Aakrosh (Action/Mystery) Worth a watch, initial 40% is slow but picks up pace, good direction, Extreme Caste Freakoids, Music sub par

kushanjasani: Aakrosh . Very decent movie with good acting , no nonsense approach to a sensitive subject of honour killing

kushal_shah: Finally saw a good Bollywood movie after a long time.. first after 3 idiots.. Aakrosh was a good attempt.. not awesome, but good enuf #FB

kuntalpatel82: Aakrosh very good movie. Ajay & paresh rawal rocks.

kundendu: Aakrosh....DT panchkula...worth a watch....

kumudshankar: Aakrosh, amazing movie notwithstanding the hilarious love track of Ajay-Bips

krishnagyan: Watched Aakrosh: Story-Predictable. Direction- 3. Ajay, Paresh- 4. Others- 3.5. Overall: ★★★☆. Bottomline: caste brutality;blood will boil.

kpank: saw aakrosh. Ajay Devgan can be termed as the most believable stars currently. For most othes,star appeal overpowers their character

kavalpatel: Just saw "Aakrosh" fantastic movie. Well made movie.

judasking: Movie of the week is Aakrosh for its excellent performance by actors,dialogues,cinematography,and Priyan wat lacks is editing.

Joydas: Saw Aakrosh. Powerful Movie. No one can depict supressed anger like Ajay Devgan.

jeevanullas: oh btw i just came back after watching aakrosh. a nice movie. loved the fights and the chases. love north india

jayvasavada: aakrosh has disturbing scenes..it connects..lead pair's charcter is serious too ajay akshay paresh shines..censor dilutes s impact though

jayvasavada: aakrosh (loosely inspired frm missicipi burning) is dark n intense..finallly priydarshan had achived what he was trying since long..

jaymathur: I watched "Aakrosh" last evening & @ajaydevgn as usual was great. It was a decent watch overall highlighting some serious issues.

jateenjateen: Aakrosh me ajay devgan ka kirdar dekh ke muje b system pe aakrosh aa gaya

i_john_abraham: Aakrosh released!!! Superb film!! Gud wrk by bips!!!

ivjb9: Just saw 'aakrosh'. Hard hitting reality on the face! Btr than any other films released this year. 4/5

iamjpk: Aakrosh is an awesome movie. Gripping story.

HiteshRuprela: aakrosh gud 1; its Priyadarshan movie but looks like as prakash jha has directed it..

himanshu_ch: nice script,splendid acting , A must watch for everyone #aakrosh,

harshalpatil: Aakrosh is worth a watch. ;)

Hamzaqtr: Juz saw Aakrosh, its a gr8 movie, impressed me higher than expected =) gr8 story too! =) n yea, a must watch movie!

guyredefinedd: Loved Aakrosh! Beautiful movie.. Paresh Rawal was just wow!!

GargPiyush: Aakrosh was a gud1...

furaharequiem: Aakrosh is happening.

funkiestheart: Aakrosh was a excellent movie. I loved it. =)

ff2212: watch aakrosh awsome movie for one who hates bahubali

FahadYUS: Aakrosh and Knockout both are good movies

dppoddar: Please see the movie AAKROSH to understand the hard reality behind honour killings. There is no rule of law in most parts of India.

DNakshiwala: Watched #Aakrosh. Nice entertainer movie. @ajaydevgn is superb. You'll remember Gangajal and other such movies while watching it.

dhruv_dhody: liked aakrosh!

dhrutihemani: Aakrosh is a must watch. Every nuance in d movie is so true.

DhawalShah10: watched aakrosh; its based on indias honour killing; was violent but true in nature; as usual ajay devgn rocked wth his persona !!!

Devarchit: #Aakrosh has powerful performances. Paresh Rawal once again proves he's the best in d business. Ajay, Akshaye r adroit.http://bit.ly/9NQDNL

darshan_shankar: AAKROSH.................the real exploration on village.........

cvsarathi: Just vn u totlly write PRIYADARSHAN off he takes an u turn n surprise us..AAKROSH is vintage priyan at his best..a vry well made film(cnt)

cutie_mohit: Just now back from noon show of "AAKROSH"..An average movie raising the issue of "HONOUR KILLING"..AJAY DEVGAN acted well..7/10 from me..!!!

coolnavnit: Watched Aakrosh, based on honour killing (recently in news 4 all wrong reasons). Ajay devgan once again delivers a power packed performance.

coolestabhi: Aakrosh is a good movie.

codevalley: Saw#aakrosh. Was a very disturbing movie. Top notch acting. Rips open the realities of the Indian villages which still suffer from castism.

chetanrathod: Why does priyadarshan put those ridiculous songs in a perfectly fine movie!! #aakrosh

carlos_anubis: Saw Aakrosh yest; rip'd off from Mississippi Burning [r.1988, set in the 60s], but scarier because it's set in the present and is relevant!

c4shiv: finished with two brilliant concept based movies - "Knock Out" and "Aakrosh".. Sanjay Dutt was ok but Ajay and Akshay khanna were better

brijesh_bhat: saw aakrosh.. Really a good movie.. Ajay is at his best as usual n Akshaey is good as well

blahssome: Aakrosh is a good watch. A gripping screenplay, good acting (Ajay Devgan) & quite realistic (well almost). 3.5/5 from me.

bilalmohdk: saw Aakrosh.... awesome movie on Honor Killing taking place in North India.... Rating : ****

Bhavuk7: Saw Aakrosh and liked it very much,vry good movie.Great performances,Good direction n an approrpiate [email protected] is on a roll this yr

basithilicious: Aakrosh is beautifully made hard hitting movie ...very nice and it showed wats prevalent in India

bachob: BTW watched Aakrosh last weekend..... very good movie..... DO WATCH IT... I liked it very much.....

AyushSrivastav7: watched aakrosh last nite liked the movie.read HT in the morning didnt like the review.yeh critic log movie dekhne jaate hai ya padai karne.

avi_phookan: Saw AAKROSH. Great message to the other enslaved India that lives within us. Great work by @bipsluvurself @ajaydevgn

AVBzoomin: ‎"Ajay devgn" actor nahi sabhi actor ka baap hai.. "Aakrosh" has hard hitting performances from ajay, ..

atish_jadhav: Watched aakrosh. Ajay's chase was competing Bond's in casino royale. Loved it.

AshokSasidharan: Watchd aakrosh 2day. Gud movie overall except that there was no suspense as i expectd

arvindsaraswat: Aakrosh is nice movie.

anuragincredibl: Be it a copy of Mississippi Burning but Aakrosh is really good. Performances are great! My suggestion go for it.

anoop_vijay: have seen aakrosh...amazing brilliant fabulous

aniketh4: Aakrosh... A must watch

ani446: Really a nice bollywood movie in recent times. Good hold of suspense throughout the movie.#Aakrosh

ani446: Jus came from de movie #Aakrosh can't believe that de movie is directed by Priyadarshan. superb performance by Ajay Devagan n Akshay Khanna.

Andec_Tanker: 2 thumbs up to both 'Knock Out' & 'Aakrosh' – entertaining, thought-provoking, intense & never a dull moment!!

amoghjs: aakrosh must watch

Amer_Momin: yest. i saw Aakrosh its Super And Super Duper Action Film.*****

akshaysingan: Liked Aakrosh!! It was decent sparing some violence and an impossible action sequence. Kudos Ajay Devgan and Akshay Khanna.

ajjugautam: aakrosh : thrilled . superb action , ajay devgn rocks !!

ajayjolly: #aakrosh s one hell f a movie..do watch..

adityasen: saw aakrosh yesterday...awsome film...might go catch it again..huge fan of priyadarshan movies :) :)...dis was hatke :)

AbhiShuk: Mng guys, saw Aakrosh ystdy & it was typical Bihar stuff. Nice acting by all, loved Paresh Rawal. Then finally cud see Twilight Eclipse .

AbhishekCh: Aakrosh.. Amazing movie... After a long time every week we are getting one or the other good movie...

AbhinavSidhu: watched Aakrosh today... liked the concept & acting of Devgan :-)

abhinavshuk: watched AAKROSH,a thot provoking film with a msg; add to that brilliant actors like ajay,akshay,paresh and thr serious best;

abhigb: Awesome script, powerful acting, no non sense movie, AAKROSH.... I loved it.....

abanith: #aakrosh - 3/5.honorkilling+Biharbadland+bahubali+corruption+CBI+Paresh Rawal as bad cop = HIT

aasheeshkapur: Liked aakrosh

vandana_m: not able to decide whether i like #aakrosh till now or not.

tushargupt: watched Aakrosh first day last show at Shipra... Although a good movie but a 'scene by scene' copy of "Mississippi Burning"... #aakrosh

teenup: Just watched Aakrosh....once watchable movie.

su22nil: #Aakrosh myrating 2.5 out of 5, best song: saude baazi

snainwal007: aakrosh one time watch.................................

shakwrites: Aakrosh is another Priyadarshan feel good movie. Was expecting it 2 dig deeper in honor killing saga though. One time watch.

sarath020: Aakrosh...the climax was gud..nthng els...

ravikant12: Friday night watched aakrosh not so good not so bad 50-50.

Nireshvarman: 2.5 stars for aakrosh @shazahnpadamsee

Nirav_golu: Aakrosh n knock out, both r jst ok muvies

Neelanshu2: Watched #aakrosh today. Ok kinda muvee one time fr sure.

mazharpatel: Saw the movie Aakrosh, too much of voilence but a good ending, kind of average film I should say.

jazem123: already on bed, to tired. The film was intresting. #Aakrosh.

Iwantu_s: sterday late nite..bcoz saw aakrosh movie..its ok...but dont xpect the file..in u r imazinatiosn.b4 seen d film

doctorflix: Aakrosh(Ajay,Akshaye)[Rating: 54/100]A dark, gripping movie about casteism and honour killings. http://bit.ly/aymEww

CineManan: Aakrosh-on the slower side with not as hard-hitting a message as you'd expect. One time watch fare. Nothing special. 6/10

ChiragdevVerma: Watched Aakrosh..an average movie..starting was promising but priyadarshan could not keep up momento going...2.5/5 for dis one...

Ash_Arbale: #Aakrosh - Realistic, not bad. #Knockout - Inspired but thrilling enough. Not bad at all!

ambudhia: Watched Aakrosh..Ok Ok kind of movie...

Abu125: Aakrosh is a noble effort and had potentials to be one helluva of crackling thriller but somehow misses on it. Paresh Rawal's simply awesome

_varun_vijay: Just saw film Aakrosh by Priyadarshan. It is a very poisonous film fueling inter-caste animosities. Copy of "Missisipi Burning".

why5o5eriou5: AAKROSH (2010) is PRIYADARSHAN's lethargic, overdrawn remake of MISSISSIPPI BURNING (1988) and AJAY DEVGN just can't carry this one through.

wadnikhil: Watched "Aakrosh" movie. Its a good movie.

Viveky: Director,What the fuck have you done.U screwed up d movie.Hv U ever been 2 north ever n saw how it is lived thr.Seems,U just heard. #aakrosh

vikramadhiman: In other news, I watched Aakrosh - a film set in Bihar, about honor killings. Noble intentions, lacklustre film. g

twishankyter: Aakrosh.... Priyadarshan tries to be Prakash Jha but in the end he is neither Former nor Later...:)

tanqeed: Aakrosh makes a mockery of the honor killing issue and the movie Mississippi Burning. http://www.tanqeed.com/movies/review.cfm?ireviewid=8

Swaplin: 2day watched aakrosh it dissapointed me. I will go witi ** stars

svgan_in: Priyadharshan wants us to accept his comedy movies. Or else he will punish us with #Aakrosh type of movies... decide soon.

SaurabhBatham: Aakrosh the movie doesn't deserve the veteran like priyadarshan.

sandyism: Aakrosh shamelessy copies Mississippi Burning.Even retains the same nos.2 officers.3missing.Only fitting that MB dir is par ker(plagiarise)!

Rohit77: Aakrosh-the movie......unbelieveable torture

RJAmar_Mantra: Knock Out nt only gt Knckd out itslf bt also took Aakrosh wid it..

Praksays: Aakrosh has moments of power but most of these are copied,The film’s tone is loud and inconsistent.

natlasreedhar: Aakrosh doesnt impress much...

manojmadhu23: Avoid Aakrosh.

Keshavsing: Saw Aakrosh yesterday ...the story was not new for me though ....n sometimes it felt like its hyperbolic (Atishayokti) , now bck to work.

iThermoman: Man is Aakrosh silly. Priyan Sir shows a dalit boy as dark skinned dehati and the upper caste girl as fair skinned. Sir, where is the story

DaveYagnesh: i have watched movie "Aakrosh" today. Its totally bakwas film. Priyadarshan now become master in directing bakwas movies.

ChInMaAy: Saw Aakrosh...but didn't like it..Priyan fails to live upto expectations....:(:(

bipashafever: jhoota hi sahi raktacharitra or hiss wats ur poison???????? ill ask u to go n watch aakrosh agan instead

Ayush_A: aakrosh is 70% Mississippi burning rip off and rest is total bakwas

astimisra: saw #Aakrosh - really crappy!! No storyline No direction No sense of language/dialect Preachy in d end.. on top of it - 'twas nt ending only

anupam_chauhan: just saw"aakrosh"yesterday, don't know why the critics gave it negative reviews. the movie was quite good.

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Plot Summary

Two CBI officers are assigned to investigate the case of three boys who went missing in the hinterland. Anyone and everyone is involved in keeping the criminals away from being punished.

What Worked

  • The opening 'Ram Leela' sequence.
  • In scenes that has no background music, the ambient sound is captured beautifully.

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

  • Wasn't this an official investigation? Why weren't the CBI officers housed in official quarters?
  • The background score is loudish and generic
  • The makeup of the women from the village. Their faces looked too clean and newly 'cleaned' to belong to women who are going through hardships.
  • The echo in Akshaye Khanna's voice in a few of the scenes.
  • The whole shool sena bit is half-baked.

Nitty-Gritty

This section lists things that I think are not important to the overall impact of the movie. In most cases, it could be explained away by something like, "we noticed the glitch after the scene was shot and there were schedule/budget issues and thus we could not re-shoot it". I like giving the makers the benefit of doubt, but I am amused nevertheless. Hopefully, they will tickle you too.

  • Has Rayban struck some golden deal with all of Bollywood?!?!
  • Akshaye Khanna's stubble worked big time!

Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Loads and loads
  • Language: Hindu curses every once in a while and sexual references and insults too
  • Nudity & Sexual content: One 'item' song
  • Concept: 'Honor killing' - the strong nexus that supports it.
  • General Look and Feel: Dark and sepia. Not for kids for sure

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Mississippi Burning

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Comments (8)

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I want 2 watch this film simply because it deals with that issue...just like the powerless common men enjoyed the corrupt getting beaten up in the 70s & 80s, I'm going 2 enjoy those bigots getting beaten up...

but as u know...it again has originality issues plotwise...it'll dilute the impact...

I don't care about the music in such a film & it'll be better if the songs flop & get edited out....

@Jitaditya you are right. songs are better-off absent in films like these. Originality issue - are you referring to Mississippi Burning?

ya...Mississippi Burning is the buzz...although we'll know the extent of "influence" only after watching it...:D

kay

I think Ajay Devgan is trying to make a shift into different cinema that usual bollywood fans dont appreciate much but I like his approach. The movie itself could have had a better story with more realism in it.

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I would sure like to see this movie as it has one of my fav. actors Ajay Devgan. He is once again in the government official role (Remember Gangajal?) so I am sure he will be greate.

I like the colour coding for the external ratings.

Does this film anything to do with same-name film by Govind Nihalani in 1980?

@yves not that i know of

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