Satyagraha

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV/online (?)

quick review:

It's predictable, preachy and over-simplified yet, it engages because it's close to home.

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Director: Prakash Jha
Running time: 150 minutes
Genres: Politics, Social
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Oh dear, how long has it been since we've seen an Amitabh Bachchan film? Over a year! I know, it seems like he's always around, what with the KBC promos and the numerous product endorsements. But it does seem like a really long while since we've seen him on big screen. Needless to say I'm looking forward to just that.

That Satyagraha is an intriguing political film is such a bonus. Despite what the trailers would have you believe, director Prakash Jha maintains Satyagraha does not allude to any particular movement.

In any case, the idea of a businessman taking the politicians of the country head on is interesting enough for me. Without letting, which movement Satyagraha draws its inspiration from, bother me, I'm going to try and enjoy whichever angle it picks to work on. All equations - be it the egalitarian-elitist one or between the lovers with conflict of interest - invoke curiosity. The hope is the intrigue will be utilised to its best for the entire length of the film.

The music however has received lukewarm response. It does hurt to have a 'item number' type of a song in the playlist. Hopefully, I am proven wrong.

Music Reviews:
Bollyspice - "2/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "2.5/5"
glamsham - "3/5"
IBN Live, IANS - "3/5"
Milliblog - "Despite being a multi-composer album, Satyagraha’s soundtrack stands out!"
Music Aloud - "6.5/10"

- meeta, a part of the audience

With themes like bribery and corruption a film almost always has black and white characters. I doubt there is any other way to go about it. System - bad, common man - good. Politician - bad, idealist - good. In that sense, Satyagraha doesn't have any surprises at all. But, the unexpected comes in little packages every once in a while - in a one-off expression by Manoj Bajpayee or a slight deviation from what we have come to expect in such films from the characters. Not that it takes away too much from the predictability of the overall plot, even so.

There's another thing about films that take a stand on a social issue that in the writer's zeal to make the point, characters take about turns in their character graphs for no compelling reason. Satyagraha keeps away from any such temptations. This keeps the battle between good and bad very interesting because you are always waiting for the other side's next move. Also, the focus on the issue starts in the first few minutes and stays on till the very end.

Except of course, for a detour at Junction Romance. The one romantic sequence and the song that follows sticks out like a sore thumb, quite literally. The picturization of that song is so weird and out of the place for the film that you wonder if it was shot and squeezed into the film as an afterthought.

Fortunately, all through the performances are ace rate. Undoubtedly, you forget he's Amitabh Bachchan and worry about Dwarka Anand's blood pressure at the beginning itself, when you see his blood boil and bitterness at the unfairness of the system. Ajay Devgn looks a tad old for the age he plays but nothing like watching a man shed tears on screen to appreciate his performance, needless to say he does well. No one brings out your spite towards a negative character like Manoj Bajpayee. Kareena Kapoor, Amrita Rao, and Arjun Rampal lay their bits as usual. Nothing that sticks out as very bad or good.

Yet, Satyagraha stays interesting only because the issue is so close to home. Sure, you have seen it all - in films and in real life too. It manages to provoke you every once in a while because you do feel like slapping the arrogant policeman and your heart breaks when you see the hero do something self-destructive. Also, Satyagraha doesn't let its characters have it easy - they face opposition from outside and within their factions. Things do resolve themselves rather easily but the conflicts are brought up to point out that there are no easy solutions.

So engrossed is Satyagraha in making its point that they couldn't be bothered with technicalities like editing, cinematography, etc. Other than the fact that the screenplay is long-winded and takes a good two and a half hours to go through its business, there are things like sudden close-ups of actors, unnecessary songs that are extremely jarring, product placements and so on. However, there are times when the background score is subtle and invokes the intended emotion. At other times it is repetitive and too in-the-face for background music.

So, here we are, another 'message film aimed at the common man' later. You will clap when the villain is slapped, you will cheer at the heros' smallest victories and the stands they take. You will sit through the speeches even though they bore you, because you acknowledge the truth in them. Then what?

How about not bribing a law/admin official the next opportunity you are "required" to?

- meeta, a part of the audience

37 reviewers(?) - 5 yays 17 so-so 15 nays

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Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ... SATYAGRAHA is an all-engrossing, compelling drama that mirrors the reality around us... full review

Thumbs up, by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini : ...Satyagraha is a charged and intense drama guaranteed to move you as it's based on real events. Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee's performances make up for a weak script and execution. A solid watch, given its message.... full review

Thumbs up, Indicine : ...Satyagraha manages to make a mark in your conscience because of the important issues it talks about... full review

Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The film has its flaws but it is successful in capturing the disgruntled, restless and enraged mood of the country,... full review

Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...Satyagraha' dialogues are precise and fantastic. Sachin Krishn's cinematography captures every sequence delicately and vividly. Songs and music are entertwined with the theme and plot of the movie... full review

So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...To buy this requires a huge suspension of disbelief if not a detachment from the Indian reality... full review

So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Prakash Jha has got his finger on the pulse of the people,... full review

So-So, by Prathamesh Jadhav , Bollywood Life : ...All in all, director Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is a film made with a noble intention to create an impact, but the not-so-tight execution of a flat storyline with loopholes the size of lunar craters leaves you with the empty feeling you get after watching a strictly okay commercial entertainer... full review

So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ... Despite many glaring loopholes, Satygraha is a watchable political thriller.... full review

So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Prakash Jha has attempted a brave film... full review

So-So, by Neha Mathur, fullhyd.com : ...Satyagraha, are sleeker and more refined in terms of production design, but lacking in the art of the story.... full review

So-So, by Martin D'Souza,, Glamsham.com : ...While the movie does invoke in you some feelings, you do feel cheated that it does not attempt to answer the bigger question.... full review

So-So, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...Big B. It is a performance that virtually dominates every twist of mood in the narrative. ... full review

So-So, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Satyagraha is an altruistic film with a clearly positive motive at heart.... full review

So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Though Prakash Jha makes a powerful point with the film, Satyagraha could have benefited from better execution.. - See more at: http://www.movietalkies.com/movies/reviews/20794/satyagraha#sthash.irwJsz1L.dpuf... full review

So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...over all this movie is an average combination of some 'Satya' performances and some 'Asatya' theme.... full review

So-So, by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror : ...Satyagraha succeeds at highlighting the problem but fails at achieving poignancy. ... full review

So-So, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is a political film that, for all its well-meaning bluster, neither stings nor scalds. It fails to hit the core of the truth that it seeks. ... full review

So-So, Now Running.com : ...Satyagraha is nothing but a superficial and half-baked attempt at putting forth a volatile socio-political issue... full review

So-So, by SUDHISH KAMATH, The Hindu : ...Jha paints a candid picture of the state of affairs behind the anti-corruption movement that rallied the youth... full review

So-So, by Srijana Mitra Das, Times of India : ...You may not like this movie if you avoid socio-political realities in cinema.... full review

So-So, by Rummana Ahmed , yahoo! India : ...‘Satyagraha’ manages to stir the latent patriotic fervor in its audience but is deeply flawed in its execution.... full review

Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Things happen so easily in Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ... SATYAGRAHA - A vague attempt to exploit a recent national issue, which is again made in Jha's same old set pattern, with no impressive solution for the problem... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ... If it weren’t for seasoned actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn and Manoj Bajpayee the film would have sunk into its own quicksand of good intentions and confused treatment.... full review

Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ... Prakash Jha -- a perennial political complaint box -- offers nothing new either by way of content or style.... full review

Thumbs down, by Resham Sengar , DNA : ... we can pin some hopes with the sequel that is if there is one in the pipeline.... full review

Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...With an infuriating background score that keeps blaring "satyagraha, satyagraha" and a horrid sense of deja vu at every turn, it seems as though all parties involved have sleepwalked through this one.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ravina Rawal, FirstPost : ...Satyagraha sadly crumbles and fades with the weight of trying too hard.... full review

Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The characters lack depth and the dialogues sound vacant and uninspiring. The narrative is uneven, the pacing – not exactly enlivening, the costuming – very wannabe and the music – thoroughly off-putting.... full review

Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...The film tries to say so much that it ends up saying very little.... full review

Thumbs down, by Anuj Kumar, In.com : ...Director Prakash Jha once again raids the headlines, this time turning his gaze on the growing public resentment towards the deep-rooted corruption in the system... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Satyagraha, Prakash Jha's latest take on What Ails The Nation.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...More whimpering than a roar, this movie unfortunately induced yawns instead of any feeling of rebellion.... full review

Thumbs down, by Ankit Ojha , Planet Bollywood : ...With Satyagraha, what you see is a social message being colossally ruined in it's delivery. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Prasanna D Zore, Rediff : ...Satyagraha fails miserably in all three departments.... full review

Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ..."Satyagraha” is at best a dull film that doesn’t grip you.... full review

122 tweeters(?) - 91 yays 10 so-so 21 nays

_DesiGirl: And Prakash Jha recreates the magic yet again. Loved Satyagrah. A revisit to the Anna Hazare movement it was. Thumbs up!

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reviewpuram: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=209007655928033&set=a.151719001656899.1073741828.151284188367047 My review for #Satyagraha - 3.5/5 - An inspiring tale, that could have been better. Nevertheless, a noble effort!

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HarshitaVerma: #Satyagraha An honest movie. One of the best releases of the year. Without over the top declarations. Loved @SrBachchan and @rampalarjun :)

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alshiamey: #Satyagraha is a very thought provoking movie.It raised many questions & has a very strong starcast.Strongly recommended

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Adityaakj: Satyagrah us not a movie but a message to young India, whole India, message of law of the people, for the people by the people. A MUST WATCH

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abhabhakoo: Manoj bajpai in Satyagraha is awesome. A good movie. Must watch. All actors have done a good job.

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AAPBelgaum: "@karinasood Considring its social relevnce&success at d Box Ofice,#Satyagraha needs2be made tax free,so more pple can watch.#Satyagraha4AAP

vijayrajput: #Satyagraha could be much better on story front but still passing able to pass message to viewers.

sd_iflex: 'Satyagraha' is a large scale,complex production. Performances are competent,but the film really drags in the second half.

prem_aggie: Nothing special about the movie Satyagraha! (*¡*)

mohanpreet: #Satyagraha: Brilliant acting and thought wasted by a highly stretched and seen-before execution. Big B and Manoj Bajpai shine. 2.5*.

maulikgala: Satyagraha #Rating : 3 * * *

gauravindoriya: #satyagrah niether grt nor bad movie....it's an average film...

esamskriti: Saw movie Satyagraha. 1st half capitvating, 2nd gave me a heavy head. Concept of movie good execution not as.... http://www.esamskriti.com/essay-chapters/Gandhi,-Ahimsa-and-Christianity--1.aspx

bada_tweet: The 2 standouts of #satyagraha, Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee. Avg movie. Good for a one time watch

aneri308: Satyagraha wasnt all that bad

aditi80588: #satyagraha okiesh bt overhyped

_saurabhmishra: #Satyagraha is too slow & bit boring also. I guess not scripted well.

srv_06: Disappointed again.. #satyagrah as bad as #rajneeti.... Prakash jha's movies gettng low day by day. @SrBachchan

Sonal19729163: Feel disappointed as Satyagraha did not meet my expectation.

Shraddha48: #Satyagrah is an exaggerated yet disillusioned movie.

sahilmjain: Satyagrah was utter waste. Nodoubt brilliant performances by AB, AD, MB and kareena, but no grip on plot/story and lame depiction of story.

rippling_joy: Satyagrah movie- A story from Anna's movement upto the formation of Aam Admi Party. Bad music, no twists, no entertainment.. Avoid it..!

rhooda007: Satyagrah... Kya flop movie h ... Don't know bollywood m kya ho rha h .. Total money waste ...

pratikmodi18: #Satyagraha is such a confused direction. No concrete concept.Prakash Jha has completely lost the touch. Could hv been a much better movie

Oh_papaji: #satyagraha disappointing

Maddykhanhere: Well Satyagraha was so disappointing

lazysuperstar: agree RT @sanjay_dixit: #Satyagraha turned out to be a disappointment in the end. Promising beginning, but complete confusion in the end....

kaustubhonline: Watched ''Satyagraha".... BORED!!

ishankonn: Crowd has always been a goose bumping device in Prakash Jha's movies but it cannot do away with a hogging story #Satyagraha is disappointing

iLoveiDevices: #Bollywood #Satyagraha liked the movie but it doesn't convey any message. Anna Haze movement flopped.Hungry n poor leader can't do anything

hirenantani: #satyagrah as like anna movement. Some emotions, mor drama, best people but mor confusion, at last fizzeled out, failed to create impact

dhillonaman: Satyagrah is complete disaster... Prakash Jha looked like he lost track somewhere in Aarakshan...but he has... https://www.facebook.com/Dhillon.aman/posts/10151651741682633

arunangshupaul: Sadly I am giving #Satyagraha a miss. i am sorry to avoid a Prakash Jha movie a miss at the theatres after a long... https://www.facebook.com/arunangshu.paul/posts/10201884620347310

archthegr8: #Satyagraha: The dumbest thing I've seen in a long time. So stupid and it makes the people's movement look so... https://www.facebook.com/archfr/posts/700655923281809

Anandbhan_10: watched SATYAGRAHA.unsatisfactory script dialogue.saw its extended version on various news channels abt 2 yrs ago. so nothin new

agartthahlade: #Satyagraha kareema Kapoor was plastic, and both she and Ajay Devgun clearly phoning in their lines. Amitabh Bachhan miscast as made 1/2

Aagan86: Montonous, directionless and a soft PR for Aam Admi Party ahead of Delhi elections, watch Satyagrah at your own risk. 1/5 stars.

11 readers - 4 yays 5 so-so 2 nays

Want to Watch, by guddu : satyagraha

Yay! Thumbs Up, by ankit

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Merchant Navy Academy : 95

Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : Little Guy Movement vs.Big Power Movie,But More Honest Than We Expected

Yay! Thumbs Up, by Vishal

So-So, by Anup : The movie shws wht we alrdy knw,,,,a litl depth is needed,,,,but its not unwatchable,u will like it

So-So, by Fan

So-So, by kapil

So-So, by mac

So-So, by Suman

Nay! Thumbs Down, by Nishant Wadhwa : One of "not so good" work by PJ.

Nay! Thumbs Down, by rizwan : A movie which should be left un-watched.

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: One tight slap and Lathi-charges - some of which turn gory. A brutal road accident.
  • Language: Clean. The F-word appears in writing thought the F is #-ed out.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: A couple of kisses, a mild making-out scene.
  • Concept: Common man vs. the corrupt system
  • General Look and Feel: Serious political statement tone.

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Fan

Personally I find Prakash Jhalak films pretty flat, only exception being Rajneeti. That Rajneeti worked is thanks to the biggest and ancient epic Mahabharata on which it was based. Otherwise it would have also met the same fate as all other films.

Fan

Sorry for typos in earlier post. The iPad is too smart for me.

@Fan hmmm...I know what you mean. Though I don't mind them. I liked Chakravyuh and Gangajal too. :D

I was looking fwd to the movie but now will reconsider watching it.

kapil

I second the thoughts shared by Fan. Praksh Jha just picks up some social issue and makes a pretty flat movie. Can't watch any of his movies after Aarakshan. All his movies are pretty basic except Raajneeti. He made Chakravyuh which I didn't see, but we already have marvellous Hazaaron Khwahishein Aisi on that issue.

Anup

the movie is made in a oversimplified method,,,,which a simpleman can easily understand unlike madras cafe which need brain to understand....
The political aspect in ignored a litl bit and only the revolution side is shown....may be a litl more research by prakash jha would have made the movie much better....

Nice review Meetu , i want to ask u aquestion , with the release of serious films each week , do u think the bollywood ideology of moviemaking is finally growing up ?. Even if the makers are failing to execute it atleast they are trying.

Anup

The movie is in a very simple form,,,,unlike madras cafe which needs brain to understand,,,,a litl bit more research by prakash jha could have made it better,,,,the game plans of politiance are litl bit missing....

vishal

...throughout the movie I empathizes with Amita h's character... In fact felt a couple of times to slap manoj bajpayi real hard ...and in the end felt good...and then I read a few reviews ..and agreed with most of the flaws that were pointed out ...so if the motive is to enjoy a simple good/bad story with decent performances satyagrah can be watched but in case idea is to get intellectually stimulated or or motivated to start practicing it the moment you are out of theatre...then it can be skipped... Btw I actullay got motivated post watching RDB ...

mac

Surprised not to find mention of two gory scenes under the violence column. One the brutal accident and the other being the bodies of murdered policemen.

gud work amitabh bachchan nice movie

@Shaivi Yeah, maybe you can wait until it's out on TV/DVD

@kapil Well, true. But, I don't think I can call Satyagraha flat. And anyhow, just because we have a marvellous film on a topic, should other people not make another film on it at all?

@Anup yeah, the complications are kept out. I guess the point was to get us worked up without overwhelming us with how difficult it is :D

@guddu Thank you! Well, maybe. I some times feel, such films were always made, they just didn't get the exposure that they do get now.

@Vishal I guess if such a film makes you feel for or against some characters they have done their job, haven't they?

@mac thanks for pointing out. I will add them immediately

@ankit :D

Nishant Wadhwa

(((Spoiler Alert)))Generally Prakash Jha's films boils ones blood but this one is pretty flat. The film is loosely based on the recent past and tries to explain why Arvind Kejrival formed an "Aam Aadmi Party".

But IMHO the attempt is pretty lame. No character ever shines in the movie. Only Manoj Bajpai does "some" justice to his role.

@Nishant Interestingly, I loved the fact that no character shines; that there are many heroes; that there was equal weight to almost all the main characters. But, yeah, I can understand why you thought it was lame, because it is rather simplistic.

Fan

Watched the film. I must admit that it was a massive snore festival. I had a tough time staying alive despite a brilliant cast, my favourite being Mr. Manoj Bajpayee but all others being equally fantastic. However they were let down by the script and direction.

Heavily influenced by Anna Hazare, AAP, Kiran Bedi. Shades of Singham (slow motion appearance of Mr. Ajay Devgn when home minister's brother is arrested), lots of shades of Richard Attenborough's Gandhi.

And what about the kissing scene? Not at all needed. And despite Ms. Kareena not wanting to do it why was it forced in the most inelegant manner on the audience? Idem for item number - totally imposed on audience.

mac

my pleasure.

@Fan ouch!

Suman Chakraborty

Direction: 2
Story: 3
Lead Actors: 4
Character Artists: 3

Dialogues: 3
Screenplay: 2
Music Director: 0
Lyrics: 0

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@Suman yep, I'm not surprised.

rizwan

Meetu! I used to agree with every review of yours but this thime, I am very disappointed with your review. Prakash Jha is a fine director and I have liked all of his movies but Satyagraha is just a flat moive. It has nothing which is different or unique. The performances by Ajay, Amitabh and Kareena are below the mark. The love affair between Ajay and Kareena is just our of my understanding. The "bhook hartal" by Amitabh in the end seems more irritating.

@rizwan oh. Thank you for your feedback. As I acknowledge in the review, I like such type of films.

@Meetu, actually we were impressed by the quality of the acting overall. It reminded me that all of these people can be extremely good actors, but seldom get the chance to be.

We also thought the story, while clearly a melodramatic "little man against Big Power" story, went places a comparable American film would never have considered, and within its storytelling limits was a smart and fairly believable look at the rise, splintering and partial fall of protest movements. A few of our members, who'd been active in American antiwar and social justice causes when they were younger, really felt this movie got it right, in the same way Rang De Basanti did.

Sure, the plot's pure Capra-corn for about two-thirds of the way - right down to the hero's Dark Moments of the Soul before he rises back up against the Corrupt Big Bad Guys! But we all felt that the story carried us along to the final third which Frank Capra would have never dared to try, and a hopeful but not heroic ending that clearly pointed the finger how much the Government needs cleaning up. (Do Indian movies make the corruption obvious for popular consumption, or is it really that out in the open?)

Anyway, we liked it a lot, and I didn't think it would be worth looking at.

Oh, one last thing: What does "The BMD is a communal party" (that was the translation Netflix gave us) mean? We Americans are confused....

@TimELiebe I am sorry, can you elaborate on the "The BMD is a communal party"? I don't understand what it is a translation of.

I think it's Arjun Rampal's "street element" revolutionary who tells Ajay Devgn that the "BMD Party" approached them offering support, and Devgn's character originally rejects them with that line, Meetu.

They were later described as "Nationalist troublemakers", if that helps any?

Someday, I should probably just break down and learn to speak Hindi....

@TimeLiebe aah. While I understand the phrase conceptually, I am in no way qualified to define it technically. Wouldn't even know where to begin.

Having lived in the US for a few years though, I find it both unsurprising and yet fascinating that you didn't understand the phrase.

Sorry, I know I am being of little help here.

Sorry, I know I am being of little help here.

No problem, Meetu - I think it's one of those things like some of our comments about US politicians that make sense to us, but no sense to anybody outside the US.

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