Aarakshan (2011)

Aarakshan is the story of Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan), 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 (Saif Ali Khan)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 12, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 9, 2014
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Anil Sinanan
Time Out

It is marred by the usual bolly-excesses: an inordinate length, unnecessary songs and the miscasting of real-life royal-blood Khan as a 'dalit' (untouchable). Well acted, though.

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Kaleem Aftab
The National (UAE)

At times it's so heavy-handed and clunky in laying out the arguments for and against quotas that it resembles a high school debate rather than a quality drama.

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Ronnie Scheib

While its questions of affirmative action and charter schools could theoretically resonate with American auds, the pic's corny theatrics, talky, preachy approach and taxing 164-minute running time will not translate.

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Manish Gajjar
Birmingham Mail

Bachchan is at his usual excellent best after years of experience in Hindi cinema.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

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.

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Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International

...focuses more on issues than the spectacular musical sequences for which Bollywood movies are famous.

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