August 30, 2013

Critics Review : Satyagraha

From 'Gangaajal' to 'Chakravyuh'- Prakash Jha is known to delve in topical issues in each of his films.

 With an impressive lead like AmitabhBachchan, AjayDevgn ,ManojBajpai, KareenaKapoor, ArjunRampal & AmritaRao, Jha's  latest offering 'Satyagraha' promises to be a gritty political drama where five individuals come together to protest against a corrupt system thereby starting a revolution of sorts. So does 'Satyagraha' have an original story or is it based on Hazare's movement? Has Jha been able to take out the best performances from his actors? Will this film be a turning point Bachchan and his other co-stars?

Here are the critics reviews for Satyagraha:

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh

The timing couldn't be more appropriate, for SATYAGRAHA summarizes the mood of the ordinary man and the nation in general. Jha minces no words while flaying and condemning the fraudulent and unscrupulous politicians and the unjust system in a style that's now synonymous with his brand of cinema -- realistic, hard-hitting, forceful -- that leaves a hammer-strong impact. On the whole, SATYAGRAHA is an all-engrossing, compelling drama that mirrors the reality around us. In fact, it's yet another brilliant addition to Prakash Jha's credible repertoire, who has created some of the most politically momentous motion pictures. For the splendid drama and the electrifying dramatic highs, I suggest you must watch this hard-hitting fare. Absolutely recommended!

Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das ,Times Of India (TOI)

Vibrantly layered, Satyagraha weaves together urban legends of corruption, encompassing corporate lobbyists to murdered engineers. It features slices of histories, Chauri Chaura, Mandal, Anna Hazare's Jan Lokpal Andolan. It takes a real issue - corruption - to reel life, movingly fusing fact with fiction Satyagraha deserves an extra half-star for capturing corruption from root to branch - a government babu complains, "Yahan toh table ka bhi bhaada dena padta hai". Showing true Satyagraha has no short-cuts, it also shows solutions glimmering ahead, as ephemeral, yet powerful as a rainbow cleansing the dust. Note: You may not like this movie if you avoid socio-political realities in cinema.

Ratings:4/5 Review By: Subhash K Jha(IANS)

What Jha and his very able astute and politically informed co-writer and long-time collaborator Anjum Rajabali have done, is to collect together the thematic threads of Anna Hazare's mass anti-corruption movement and weave it into a gripping, thoughtful, hard-hitting and inspirational drama which contains all the resonances of a newspaper headline, and wrap it up in the semantics of cinema with as little creative violence as possible even while addressing an inherently violent issue. "Satygraha" conveys the uncontrollable anger and energy of a nation on the brink. For telling it like it is and for creating a compelling film out of the raw material of present-day corruption, the film deserves a standing ovation.

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