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  • Summary: Aarakshan is the story of Prabhakar Anand, the legendary idealistic principal of a college that he has single-handedly turned into the state's best. It is the story of his loyal disciple, Deepak Kumar who will do anything for his Sir. Of Deepak's love for Prabhakar's daughter, Poorbi of his friendship with Sushant. It is the story of their love, their lively friendship, their zest for life, and of their dreams of the future. Centered on one of the most controversial issues of recent years, with the Supreme Courst order on reservation, the story suddenly becomes a rollercoaster ride of high drama, conflict, and rebellion, which tests their love and friendship for one another, and their loyalty to Prabhakar Anand. (Prakash Jha Productions) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Lisa Tsering
    Aug 15, 2011
    Aarakshan is heavy on speeches, but the film manages to work because director Prakash Jha has cast it wisely, and has clearly put time and care into exploring the nuances of the issue.
  2. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Aug 11, 2011
    Subtle it ain't and subtle it needn't be. It is, though, mostly involving (if Bollywood long, at 2 hours 45 minutes) and even occasionally stirring.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Aug 13, 2011
    While its questions of affirmative action and charter schools could theoretically resonate with American audiences, the picture's corny theatrics, talky, preachy approach and taxing 164-minute running time will not translate.
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  1. Aug 12, 2011
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    Aarakshan is starred by Amitav, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone, and Hema Malini etc. It is the story of â
  2. Jun 8, 2013
    Aarakshan is well casted and directed. Prakash Jha's debut that has been banned in Delhi goes on to be a mockery in politics but heart of Bollywood. The story- or the banned, censored story- the true story of Delhi students and a well made man's love is a hard hitter principal's daughter and how they managed to conquer their land by a ruthless businessman. Amitabh Bachan does a fine job as the principal and Manoj Bajpayee also does a fine job as The Businessman. The film is rated UA although in some areas of India (due to its banning) got an A rating- it doesn't have A stuff. Just has UA stuff. Expand