Aarakshan is an upcoming Hindi film starring Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone. Directed by Prakash Jha, who also directed Rajneeti, it is a high voltage socio-political drama based on one of the most controversial policies of caste based reservations in government jobs and educational institutions. Like the majority of Jha’s films, it takes on issues about the society and political affairs ofIndia. Most of the shooting for the movie has been done inBhopal. The film will also star Prateik Babbar and Manoj Bajpai. The film is set to release on August 12, 2011.
Story of Aarakshan revolves round Deepak (Saif Ali Khan) who is going for an interview at a particular institute, for the post of a professor only to get insulted as the people who are taking the interview ask Deepak what is your full name. Deepak very calmly replies and says Deepak Kumar. On the other hand when things get worst and the interviewers ask Deepak about his family background meaning his father’s name when Deepak tells them he has never seen his father and only his Mother has brought him up.
This conversation turns big when the interviewers say to Deepak if your Mother does not even know her own background how are you even supposed to know yours. By this moment in time now Deepak gets very infuriated and says to the interviewers if I had not inherited manners then I would have printed your institute’s name on your forehead’s; with a lot of wrath within his heart he walks off.
As Deepak requires a job as soon as possible he goes for interview at another institute with the name of the institute beingShakuntalaThakralCollege. At that college we see a disciplined professor by the name of Prabhkar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan). Prabhkar Anand interviews Deepak and accepts him as a professor. Prabhkar’s daughter also studies at the same college and that is also where Poorbie (Deepika Padukone) and Deepak meet each other. They meet seldom and ultimately fall in love. Also Sushant Seth (Prateik Babbar) is seen to be their friend. But not just Deepak’s friend however best friend.
The story builds up when all the relationships start tearing up due to the deadly topic of Reservation raises its nasty head. The star pupil who Prabhkar Anand trusts the prime, Deepak also accuses Prabhkar Anand of being a cast-est when one side ofIndiastand against all Dal-its. Literally Deepak accuses Prabhkar because nor is he against the nasty topic of Reservation nor with it.
Hearing this Poorbie gets very annoyed and decides to explain to Deepak that the way in which he spoke to her father was not acceptable. But Deepak is not regrettable as he knows whatever he has done is not wrong. After much consideration they patch up. Though now Poorbie and Prabhkar’s wife (Tanvi Azmi) have also started to feel that he has never given them much happiness. From then onwards he promises them to keep them happy forever. As long as the devil subsists how anyone can remain happy, it’s no other than Mithilesh Singh (Manoj Bajpai). Deepak argues with him and he sends him to jail. There Prabhkar comes and gets Deepak bailed. Prabhkar also faces humiliation by Mithilesh Singh (Manoj Bajpai) who calls him a zero. This film is literally about the Educational Institution of (Reservation).
Hope audience doesn’t have any reservations to watch it!
Star Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bajpai, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone
Director: Prakash Jha
Producer: Prakash Jha, Firoz A. Nadiadwala
Genre: Social Drama
Release Date: August 12, 2011