SATYAGRAHA

One more piece of entertainment filled with politics and hot current topic of discussion (this time Corruption) from Prakash Jha. After giving us films like Aarakshan, Raajniti, Apharan, Gangajal etc it is clear by now that Prakah Jha follows one particular pattern of making films i.e Politics + North Indian rural area + light on any relevant issue which is the topic of discussion among the nation = Prakash Jha film.

  • Amitabh Bachchan the main protagonist of the film perform exceptionally well but then it gives a feeling that this was not a challenging role for this superior actor. many of his scenes in the film be it his son’s death, initiative for satyagraha, attempt to fight against corruption make us feel as if this all has been already performed by him in some other film.
  • Ajay Devgn, favorite of Prakash Jha is similar to what he has done in his previous films for the same director. Even though his energy seems to be toned down in every scene he gives a power-packed performance. Again the incidents revolving around his character right from a selfish entrepreneur to a man who decides to give up everything to help Ambikapur prosper seem to be repetitive as far as the actors performance is concerned.
  • Arjun Rampal is sidelined from the entire plot of the film. He just comes to give us an reminder that he is the part of the film. He has done a very good job but then similar to Raajniti, no change in his this performance. It won’t be wrong to say any other actor in his place also would have fit the bill.
  • Manoj Bajpayee the villain of the film, being a good actor did perform well but then again this one was a repetitive role for this gentleman. Playing a negative character is no difficult task for Manoj Bajpayee. In the entire film he just plans to defeat his enemies and eventually loses like it happens in every Hindi film.
  • Kareena Kapoor Khan is playing a journalist who leaves a trip with PM and on Manav’s (Ajay Devgn) insistence comes to Ambikapur to cover the soon to be happening event of the nation Jan Satyagarha. It was a very low key performance for this talented actress compared to her other sizzling performances. She is good in her part and good to see her speaking shuddh hindi.
  • Amrita Rao who plays Dwarka’s (Amitabh Bachchan) daughter in law has nothing much to do in the film apart from being a helping hand to her father in law. Very ordinary as a performance but good to gave a little push to her career.

Satyagraha is like the diluted version of Raajniti. The director beautifully puts a light on burning issue like corruption but then that’s all about. None expected a solution for this issue but then it could have been presented in a much better way like his previous films. Even Aarakshan just threw light on reservation issue but then Amitabh Bachchan was one of the most important thing the movie needed to be watched, that’s unfortunately not the case with this one. People who have been following Jha’s movies will find this one to be an ordinary fare. All the elements of thes film are already seen in his previous films be it scenes having huge crowds or the politics part of it. It seems Jha has nothing new to offer to his audience. Satyagraha is good and keeps you engaged throughout but enough of same thing being shown again and again by the same director. People who haven’t seen Jha’s earlier work would love this film.

Rating: 3/5

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