Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Aug 31, 2013, 10:22 AM IST
Why everyone was looking forward to Satyagraha? Story inspired from a huge anti-corruption moment, talented star cast and of course Prakash Jha. But does the film manage to pull off over expectations? Yes, to a great extent, but with glaring loopholes.
There can’t be a better time to release a film like Satyagraha in India when the entire country is still struggling with the deep-routed corruption and the memories of Anna Hazare’s moments are still fresh.
The story weaves the plight of victimised poor, crusading against corrupt system and venomous politicians. Director Prakash Jha, who is known for hard hitting issue based films like Raajneeti & Aarakshan, has pulled off another though provoking politically thriller.
Jha might have denied throughout the promotions that Satyagraha is not based on Anna Hazare’s moment. But the first 98 minutes of the film take inspiration from the Anna’s moments. The last 30 minutes are completely different and that’s when the film completely goes off track and ends abruptly.
The story of the film is highly disappointing. There are moments in the film when you will find yourself completely involved in the story, then there are moments when you will be laughing at the characters.
The story of the film revolves around a retired teacher Dwarka Anand (Amitabh Bachchan), who is a highly respected man in his area. His son gets killed in a planned road accident as he was about to reveal a corruption scandal involving many big politicians. Later Dwarka Anand and his son’s wife Sumitra (Amrita Rao) gets compensation of Rs 25 lacs for which they are asked to pay bribe. Disappointed Dwarka slaps collector of their area and gets arrested.
Now, Dwarka’s son’s best friend Manav (Devgn), who is a rich businessman, launches a campaign to release Dwarka. He takes help of a female journalist Kareena to popularise the campaign. The campaign gets massive popularity and turns out be a huge movement against corruption.
The biggest strength of the film is its actors. Manoj Bajpai, who is playing a role of a corrupt politician, has again justified his tag of one of the best actors in Bollywood. Amitabh Bachchan has once again proved with his solid acting that why is he still the shahenshah of Bollywood. Arjun Rampal and Ajay Devgn have perfectly played their roles. But Kareena Kapoor has disappointed big time. She has portrayed role of a journalist or rather a dull journalist.
Despite many glaring loopholes, Satygraha is a watchable political thriller. Go only if you are a fan of Prakash Jha’s style of cinema. If you are planning to miss it, you won’t miss much.