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Movie Review: Satyagraha – It’s Just Okay!

By Shankar Venkatraman

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Satyagraha – reminder of the “Lokpal” Andolan!!! Some good insights in “what could have transpired behind the scenes of Anna Hazare hunger strike”, great use of technology with focus on Social Media Marketing, minimal ‘gyaanbaazi’ though Jha had the platform to rake in ‘n’ number of issues and the brilliance of Bachchan…

Corruption, politics and revolution huh…a poignant and helpless B speaks the angst in the climax “where is the nation headed as there is no one to hear us out…”True indeed as ‘aam junta‘ continues to suffer for there is nobody to listen to them. It is better to forget the civic lessons we’ve had on the freedom and rights fundas!!! The movie takes a dig on almost all aspects – youth to take up a cause with the advent of technology, the games played by the political parties, conscientious citizens who sacrifice their “current” in lieu of a “future” which looks still bleak. A moralistic media (for a change) who speaks on the “need for a change” without unscroupulous means…the tirade against justice continues.

The movie has come at a time when the country is perhaps undergoing the worst economic and social turmoil ever. There has been a complete breakdown of every possible fabric that binds the nation together. The movie limits itself to a small town while addressing that “this is the state of affairs” across the nation. But how far can a common man go to make life better is still unclear! We pay all our taxes right?

Income tax with onions and oil prices going up…30% of our earnings and efforts…are donated to the national and state exchequers for these goons to keep looting us in every plausible way!!!

Road tax with no proper roads…an aam junta is so burdened with his own troubles…where has he got time for such idealist movements??

Devgan is in his usual space (as always in a Prakash Jha movie), Rampal gets wasted, Kareena is poise personified and Amrita is just about okay…Manoj is cheesy and awesome. BiG B-wallah re wallah…check out his eyes, his gait, his downburst…too much!

Go watch it and if possible grab a copy of “Main Azaad Hun” movie – nothing has changed in the last 25 years though.

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Movie Review: Satyagraha: Poor Story Except In Bits

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By Ankush Kumar

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, & Manoj Bajpayee.

Introduction: The message is loud and clear. And Satyagraha adds no new aspect to the revolution.

Premise: Only if you are news blind, you will miss the fact that this one is based on the Arvind Kejriwal & Anna Hazare movement.

Plot: Dwarka Anand (Amitabh Bachchan) is a school teacher who lives by the Gandhian principles, Maanav Raghvendra (Ajay Devgn) is a NRI business magnet. At the core it’s the story of these two individuals. How a shrewd businessman becomes a nationalist and then becomes part of the revolution.

Acting: Amitabh Bachchan is brilliant as he underplays his character, the portions where he really breaks down with citizen kanesque acts he is let down by his editors, Ajay Devgn disappoints this time though, the punch is missing in his dialogue delivery. Kareena Kapoor looks less of a journalist and more like an add on. The whistles might be heard but Manoj Bajpayee character is becoming caricaturish now. Arjun Rampal has a miniscule role but his heart is worn on his sleeves.

Technical Insight: The script disappoints, Anjum Rajabali can learn a thing or two with changing times, you will feel like re reading the newspapers all over again with very little entertainment value, editing is hopelessly bad, scenes of highest emotions has been killed by lazy edits. Cinematography though is brilliant especially the revolution bit. The music is a sore bore except for Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram. Prakash Jha, maybe out of commercial compulsions gives in, sir atleast once give us a Damul again.

Kela moments: Many actually. The songs weren’t needed. And how on earth Kareena Kapoor is the only journalist covering the agitation?

Citizen Kane moments: Amitabh Bachchan consoling his widowed daughter in law Amrita Rao, the scene where Mr. Bachchan breaks down when he returns to the scene of his son’s death and Mr. Bachchan scene where he tells Devgn he will miss him when he is gone.

Brownie Points: 2.5/5.

Himmatwala: Bum Pe Lat for the Makers

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So basically Sajid Khan picked up an already bad film, added pathetic twists to it and made it crass.

I was warned by my mom before watching this one. She had seen the one made in the 80’s and said it was bad taste. I though, being me, wanted to experience anything before making a value judgement. How I wish I would have taken the sane advice and avoided this ridiculously preposterous flick.

The need for a comic flick in today’s stressed out world is totally understandable but torture in the name of comedy isn’t. For the first time in the history of a comedy film, the run-time actually looked to be between 24-48 hours for a just over 2-hour flick.

For the actors, only God knows what has happened to Ajay Devgn. One he changes his name and removes the ‘a’ that so helped in pronouncing his name. He has started to do films like Son Of Sardaar and Golmaal 3 when we so loved him for his role of ‘Sultan’ in Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai and the one in Omkara. Just one piece of advice, we all love you and know you are a great actor and you don’t need to go the Salman way to prove it.

As far as Tamanaah is concerned, if I have got her spelling right, considering the number of added vowels, nothing except her body is catching the eyes. To even compare her with legendary Sridevi would do Tamanaah a lot of injustice because the girl’s nowhere close.

And Paresh Rawal for God sake, if there is one comedian (real one) left in this country, it is you. Your ridiculous looks and performance will make people sob, leave laughing. You just did Oh My God, at least could have tried to live up to the reputation.

As far as Sajid Khan is concerned, the less said the better. One should actually stop asking Sachin Tendulkar and ask Sajid his retirement age. He is the one special man who could have actually picked up an already bad movie and made it so pathetic. Hats off entertainer, only you could have proudly boasted it to be “A Sajid Khan Entertainer” during the end credits.

My last words: either say a big NO or watch it at your own risk because this one has all the ingredients to turn you into a lunatic. 

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