152 Min | Drama | August 2013
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Prakash Jha
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Arjun Rampal, Amrita Rao, Manoj Bajpayee
Satyagraha Review: The best thing in Satyagraha is to bring it very close to real life experiences. You will easily find yourself familiar with the movement against corruption which is the base of the movie. In a scene, Ajay explains how we can use strategic experience to solve problems of ground level easily. Also when the war breaks out between crowd and police forces, you can see what in reality happens behind our backs at such protests.
First part of Satyagraha is extremely well made. You get so much involved with what is happening in the movie and not for a single moment you feel disconnected. But the second part lets the movie down. The title is appropriate only for the first part. The second part can be titled as Hatyagraha, total violence. The movie is a very good attempt to showcase the anti-corruption movement which were recently carried out in India. In reality, fight against corruption is a long ongoing process which continues even after the anti-corruption movement is called off (i.e. effectively the movement didn’t sum out to concrete result). The end result of Satyagraha is also similar (i.e. no results). But if a movie doesn’t end well and doesn’t conclude to anything to fell very unsatisfied with the movie.
Each and every one has done his/her role nicely. Only the character which is played by Kareena (Yasmeen) is not clear but she has done her work nicely. Amitabh Bacchan has delivered another great performance. He never stops and get better with every single films. He has carried his character with so much grace that you can’t find words enough to appreciate him. All in all, Satyagraha highlights very well the corruption, it strong nexus with the political world and the fate of all anti-corruption movements. But as a movie it lacks something that makes a blockbuster.
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