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Aarakshan Review


Aarakshan
Aarakshan Rating  2.55/5

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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive
 'Aarakshan' drifts away without any anchor. It's a script stuck in a 70s locker, taken out and dusted, but you still can't shake off the feeling that it's dated.That sadly has as much to do with the filmmaker's treatment of the subject. With endless, lofty speeches and idealistic melodrama, Prakash Jha turns 'Aarakshan' into a deathly boring slog.'Aarakshan' is well-intentioned, but you can't shake off the feeling that you're trapped by a three-hour-long tirade. I'm going with a generous two out of five for Prakash Jha's 'Aarakshan'. If you don't want to be lectured, stay at home.
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 Ratings:4/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama
AARAKSHAN is, without doubt, a high-voltage socio-political drama. But, most importantly, it takes on issues head-on, without mincing words. However, the storyteller ensures that the film, at no point, gets preachy or drifts into the sermonizing mode. Like Jha's films, AARAKSHAN has a story to tell and several super dramatic moments. Sure, it takes time to comprehend what's going on initially, due to the fact that the film has multiple characters and too much seems to be happening from the start itself, but things fall in place as the story moves forward and the tension starts escalating.On the whole, AARAKSHAN communicates an engaging story with very relatable characters. It's a movie that is truly inspiring and thought-provoking, but at the same time, its running time is a deterrent.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia
Aarakshan follows the same rules of the games, where the filmmaker attempts to take an incisive look at India's policy of reservation and its impact on the Indian education system. Atleast that's the issue he begins with and focuses on in the first half of the film.As long as the film concentrates on the key concern, it is full of high drama, with powerful encounters between the prime players.As a film on the issue of reservation, Aarakshan was rocking till the first half. But as an omnibus on the travails of India's education system, it flounders into no-man's land. Watch it for the intermittent high drama and the gritty performances, scattered as they are.
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 Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Aseem Chhabra Site:Rediff
I wish people would see Aarakshan and instead object to Jha's vision, the execution of his muddled script, which half way through forgets its purpose, and varying degrees of unimpressive performances. Yes, Jha tries to highlight the complicated caste-based reservation system, attempting to look at the situation from all angles. But that is only until the first half of the film.After intermission, Aarakshan is a completely different film -- essentially an argument against the expensive private tutoring schools.Aarakshan's politics is not problematic. But it fails to be an issue-based film with a message. It is disappointing and a huge let down if in case the viewer is expecting an engaging conversation and a perspective on India's reservation system.
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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Saibal Chatterjee Site:NDTV
Prakash Jha’s highly anticipated film isn’t really what the title might suggest: a sledgehammer drama about a simmering political issue that has never been addressed before in a mainstream Hindi film. Instead, it’s a rather safe, superficial and simplistic take on an extremely complex theme. The film lets off steam, and generates some smoke, but the fire is missing.The Aarakshan word is uttered several times in the first half, but the political ramifications of reservation are only touched upon in passing.The second half is another film: the title is forgotten and Aarakshan dives into a plot woven around the ageing protagonist’s battle to rescue his students from the clutches of the greedy men
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Shubhra Gupta Site:IndianExpress
‘Aarakshan’starts off by vigorously flying the Dalit flag in the shape of Deepak (Khan), who is shown struggling to find a job on merit, rather than caste and `sifarish’. This is the story the film sets out to tell. What we get is the descent of the film into the easier conflict of good, purely-for-the-love-of-it education vs bad cash-fuelled coaching-led cramming, and an even easier resolution involving craven politicians and strong, spiritually-connected trustees. In the second half, Khan and the whole Dalit thread he represents practically vanish.`Aarakshan’ could have been a well-marshalled case of caste-and-conscience, but it turns out to be more light-weight cash-and-carry.
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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Pankaj Sabnani Site:Glamsham
Aarakshan begins on a high note. However, as the clock ticks, the graph of the film only heads South.AARAKSHAN is about Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan),Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan),Poorbi (Deepika Padukone). Sushant (Prateik). Based on the social issue of reservation, Prakash Jha’s AARARSHAN has its heart at the right place. But AARARSHAN takes so long to convey its message that you run out of patience. The first half, despite taking too long (two back-to-back songs) to get to the central plot, is pretty good. The conflicts between the characters make for a compelling watch. But after the interval, Prakash loses his grip as the narrative just drags. It becomes laborious and repetitive watch, with the story moving at a snail’s pace. The climax is too good to be true and fails to have a great impact.
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Ratings:2/5 Reviewer:Aniruddha Guha Site:DNA
But while Bachchan is a strong reason to watch Aarakshan, pretty much everything else around him falls apart. To begin with, the film is long. And verbose.It’s like watching two films: one before the interval and one after, and both seem long.Should you watch Aarakshan? In keeping with the spirit of the film, I’d say go for Bachchan. But stay away for everything else. Yes, I am sitting on the fence too.
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Ratings:3/5 Reviewer:Daily Bhaskar Site:Dainik Bhaskar
‘Aarakshan’ deals with the controversial and sensitive issue of ‘reservation,’ but doesn’t aim to give any permanent solution to the issue; instead it leaves the platform open for discussion and interpretation. The first half is quite gripping, but the narrative loses its grips by the end of the story. Had the editing been crispier, it would've allowed the message to be delivered briefly with an immediate effect, nevertheless the story takes you through a roller coaster ride with a high dose of drama.Watch it for the conflicts between the characters and an outstanding performance by Amitabh Bachchan.
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  1. High Caste enjoying all the luxuries that their forefathers have left for them. Have Prakash Jha discuss all the same in his film but could he do he is also suffering from castism. Media shows the nation what the 20% of the nation want in the name of the Nation Voice

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  2. a good topic to make a film about-all general category students are frustrated because of the reservation in all govt. colleges!!!but as usual in india-nothing can be done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. can you name a an institution which ..gives admission to a HIgh caste student(luxuries that their forefathers have left for them)......

    FYI....With the luxuries of reservation...a OBC/SC/ST gets admission..
    reservation is killing..merit.......

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  4. The director certainly has no idia about Indian history and the rural India..he also has no idia about the poverty and misery of downtroddeen communities.

    he is just another higher caste biased idiot involved in money minting process..

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  5. Can someone just declare, if at all they know, the valuation of the luxuries left by the forefathers of high caste people. I really doubt that cause there is'nt any. Poor people have remained poor irrespective of their cast or creed. You can find most of the high caste families which are financially much poorer than the so called "Non Creamy" Layer. Its just that the people who get benefited by reservation are in majority and as usual the dream of a politician is killing the dream of a common man.

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  6. I would appeal to the government of India to immidiately arrest Prakash Jha, Amitabh and Saif Ali, and jail them for making an attemp to break the society by portraying disgusting dialogues on screen which could lead to social disharmony..

    they should get atleast 10 years rigorous imprisonment.

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  7. reservation should be based on bases of annual income or something like that but never on the bases of castism

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  8. Stop this reservation.....
    If u want to help the poor students who came from any cast just select them on merit list and help them in teaching fee or dont collect their fees of teaching....
    Reservations must be stopped..Students must be selected on their skils and exam marks..not by their cast.

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  9. ARAKSHAN movie, full toss bakwas, title aur movie me koi bhi relation nhi hai....!!!!

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  10. maha bore movie...aakhir kehna kya chahte the PRAKASH JHA...amitabh unlucky hai plz retunn to AJAY @ NANA

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  11. nonsense bogus movie..

    people have already rejected this 3rd class movie and even no one is interested in watching this crap on pirated DVD's

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  12. One common viewpoint emerging from all the critics is that - the first half of the movie deals with the topic that the movie is supposed to be about. The second half has nothing to do with Aarakshan. Seems like Prakash Jha wanted to talk about Aarakshan but to end the movie, he would have to take a side. Taking sides is something Bollywood is not capable of. That would mean losing a vote-bank of Bollywood. Not good for box-office collections. So I think he chose deliberately to dither away from the main topic. This is to be politically correct. I knew before the movie was made that the movie is not going to be controversial to the extent of honestly give out its own view about reservations. Didn't know the way he is going to do that. Now I know.
    As for my honest opinion? I think the society has to move on to meritocracy. Its not going to happen immediately. It will be a slow process. But caste-based reservations have to be phased out. A meritorious person should be rewarded for his/her hard work no matter what caste/religion he/she belongs to. But I hate this bollywood mentality of dishing out formulae and not bluntly showing the writer's viewpoint at the risk of losing a vote-bank for his movie and hence revenue.

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  13. nonsense bakwas movie, Director is just fooling the indian audiences..

    stay away from this crap.

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  14. please this is a movie review page not political or social grievances discussion forum.
    if you talk about the movie i wonder whether i was seeing this movie in 1980's it is full to bakwaas boring movie and deepika is very bad actress i mean she is hilarious in serious scenes. all those arguing about controversial content in the movie there is hell nothing full bogus movie. . .very bad prakash jha 0.5/5. 0.5 only for amitabh's presence.

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  15. how many more years are we going to continue this social injustice called cast based reservation? If at all there has to be a reservation, it has to be economical reservation. There are poor people in every religion and society. But these so called secular politicians can see only their vote bank in trouble!how many more years are we going to continue this social injustice called cast based reservation? If at all there has to be a reservation, it has to be economical reservation. There are poor people in every religion and society. But these so called secular politicians can see only their vote bank in trouble!

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  16. Whoever made first comment "the 20%" comment,i just have one word for u " Fuck U"

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  17. Today In India lower caste can openly take names and blame and abuse upper caste ... but Upper caste people can`t even hush hush about them ... this shows how much reservation has worked for them !

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  18. There was an Oppression of certain categories of society based on caste and creed ... So this system should have been removed ... but our forefather took a solution out of it ... how one can fight caste based division with cast based division !

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  19. are chup baitho bhain chodon film dekho enjoy karo kyun aarakshan subject ki maa bhain kar rahe ho film agar achi hai to dekho warna chup baitho the film is good ..aur ye rajiv masand bhain chod k critics se hatao use to bus hollywood films achi lagti hai

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  20. nonsense garbage movie..

    director is clueless about Indian history.. dialogues in movie are even more disgusting.

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  21. Haven't seen the film.
    But if you think about reservation based on caste its bull. It should be based on family income and rural background. Rest is fine. Amitabh said deepika are fine actors they'll come together for a good project.
    Sameer Yadav

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  22. we beleive in merit nt in reservaton . in my clg da general students hv made dere entry wid 100 r mre marks bt sc/st have made it jst by scoring negative marks .. this where we hv given da future f our country

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  23. i just saw movie AARAKSHAN produced by shri PRAKASH ZA.IT IS NICE MOVIE.THERE IS NOTHING CONTROVESIAL OR ILLWILLING MSG. IT IS VERY WELL PRODUCED POSITIVE MESSGAEFUL MOVIE.IT THROWS LIGHT ON COMMERCIALISATION OF EDUCATION,.VOTE-ORIENTED CASTE-ATTACHMENT OF BAD POLITICIANS..AND IN THIS MOVIE BOTH UPPER LOWER CASTE''S FEELING AND DIFFICULTIES ARR SHOWN VERY POSITIVELY..if such movie's theme/feeling is taken in right spirit, it may possible that gap between upper-lower caste may be narrow. it is possible that both caste will know the bad meaning of selfish politicians and fake commercial educationalist and both caste-people by heart respect and love each other.and if it is happened,dirty politicians' ill-will to divide and rule ,and to collect votes through artificial supports to caste(windowdressing) will not be encashed. such bad-men wil be disclosed against people .people will know their REAL POOR face.and start meeting each other without any caste-difference.education system will be strong and less-expensive.so congratulations to producer SHRI PRAKASH ZA,director,.AND THE WHOLE TEAM FOR SUCH CREATIVE WELL-PROUCED/DIRECTED MOVIE WITH POSITIVE VISION.AMITABH BACHCHAN IS JUST SUPERB .VERY TOUCHY DOMINANT ACTING AND SALUTES TO ALL OTHERS ARTISTS THE BEST
    DURGESH B OZA AUTHOR PORBANDAR

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  24. education should be purely on the basis of merit..startin right from the school let the 'minorities' whose family income is less than a threshold value be given free education and books n accessories required for education..and then that everyone is being educated,now conduct an entrance exam and pick students on the basis of merit!!fair and square..

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  25. why people are being selfish day by day
    Every body can servive in our beautiful india
    people should help people that is humanity
    prakhash jha has carrage to make issue base film instead of fucking romantic,and randirona films heads off for that type of directors
    we all are brothers.
    let,s make our country better in the world.

    in india

    hindu vs muslims
    sc/st/obc vs general
    urban vs villager
    hindi vs english
    brother vs brother

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  26. Well said by my friend at time - August 13, 2011 11:21 AM
    Guys try to understand the messages highlighted through this movie... Comparing is one of the easiest way always and putting comments on behalf of that is very useless. It just the wasting of your time and obviously no fruitful message to our society.
    So dear friends be positive and our country will be better than where it is now. It's only possible when everyone is awake...

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  27. I have seen the film. Its ok.
    About reservation, i have to say something. This year, i missed out in a govt med. college by just 4marks, but a sc/st student got there with 60marks less than me. What's this? Me, my father or grandfather or my forefathers didnt harasse any lower caste people..so why am i to suffer? And for what? See folks, i know for long, people of higher caste have done wrong to lower caste people, but whats past should be history and not be given punishment to students like us. By no way, its giving any justice for the wrong done in the past to the lower caste, its just making the general caste suffer like them, now.
    Reservation, if should be than on the basis of financial situation of a student, and not caste. Jaago India Jaago!
    D Das.n, i have to say something. This year, i missed out in a govt med. college by just 4marks, but a sc/st student got there with 60marks less than me. What's this? Me, my father or grandfather or my forefathers didnt harasse any lower caste people..so why am i to suffer? And for what? See folks, i know for long, people of higher caste have done wrong to lower caste people, but whats past should be history and not be given punishment to students like us. By no way, its giving any justice for the wrong done in the past to the lower caste, its just making the general caste suffer like them, now.
    Reservation, if should be than on the basis of financial situation of a student, and not caste. Jaago India Jaago!
    D Das.

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  28. Great movie. Such movies on the Ghosts of indian society should be encouraged. a Fuck3d up system where everyone gets the same opportunity, but OBC bastards get reservation? This is the heights of insanity!

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  29. most of the posters here seem to be metro multiplex boys who have no idea of social system and they are advocating a nonsense factless movie..

    I would suggest these guys to spend a day in rural india to understand the exact position of downtrodden communities..

    and all these talks about 'merits' is bullshit, the lower caste candidates are never given good marks by a higher caste exam copy checker.. why you dont make a provision to get the same copy checked again by a SC/St checkers.. probably the higher caste candidates will start failing.. and the so called 'merits' will be visible in true reality.

    The whole education system is highly commercialized and catering upper castes.. all the education and business houses are owned by higher castes and no one ever questions about their policies and the disproportionate incomes of these people??

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  30. this movie is awesome, but most of the people won't like the movie becoz of their mentality. only for these kind of people, Prakash Jha'd tried to show real face of that people's like the manoj vajpayee in this movie.

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  31. Actually movie highlighted the commercialisation of our education system,which is prevalant in our country & total failure of Govt education policy.

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  32. Best Movie of prakash Jha which show why the reservation is important even by it some talent are deprived from opportunity . "Badlab k liye kuch kimat to chukana hi padega" . In this movie Amitabh has answered all the query regarding why reservation is important in india . Every charater in this movie have worked on thier role and the presentation of movie is fabulous .and Amitabh is rocking . song are good I will request each and every body to see the movie . Dhruba Mandal

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  33. The issue of caste based reservation deserved a better movie than this ridiculously amateurish, 70s propaganda type, rubbish, with a pathetic story line,( actually it's two storylines, either of which would have taken all of 3 days to develop) zero character development, uni dimensional character portrayal (everyone is either goody two shoes or terribly evil), and the acting??? Is this the Saif who acted in Omkara? Is this the Manoj Bajpayee who set the screens on fire? Paise ke liye, zameer bechh diya hai kya, Manoj bhai? Amitabh has just become a weak caricature of himself from 30 years ago. Big B take a big Brreak please!!!The only one who did not disappoint was Deepika, and that's because the poor thing can't act. Prakash Jha, your time was over 30 years ago. Prasoon Joshiji, quick get another film fast and do a bunch of new songs, so people don't remember you by this. And one more point-- Nikhat Kazmi, how much did you take to give a rating of 3.5 for this tripe???

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  34. nonsense garbage movie.. no facts, bogus storyline and poor direction..

    the movie is not worthy even if given free tickets..

    stay away from this crap..

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  35. WOW! forget about the issue of reservation on which the film is based on, but watch it for the brilliant performance of BaaP of Bollywood. He really rules. It's a must watch for Big B fan as well as the real film lovers. It is so sad that people dont have taste for seeing the film as nonsence films like dabung and ready gets superhit tag and films like Aarkshan gets tag of flop............

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  36. I m native of usa, bt here also I hv found so called broad minded nri's saying to their children that beta koi bhi ladki chalegi xcept lower caste,even koi 'gori' le aayega vo bhi chalegi...
    Whch shows our still unchanged mentality abt lower castes...

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  37. I think this movie is not only about castism its also about the education mafias present their like Manoj Vajpai and education minister character in this movie.....
    One thing can go against this movie is that why they are promoting coaching system whether paid or free instead of this the teachers of the school should be shown teaching good in the school so that no coaching system be there, just like manoj vajpai is not teaching the students in college to promote the KK coaching, same thing is going in our schools which should be stopped and a healthy & Educational atmosphere should be there in school itself......

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  38. Firstly the film sucks...

    Secondly u bloody SC/ST/OBC fuckers!! u are poor and we maybe middle class but how does that justify u taking away our future. U CUNT FUCKING BASTARDS!!! Either live by merit or fucking die!!! Meritocracy is the only just method. if this message reaches ANNA HAZARE , ANNA students will only truly be with u wen u vouch for meritocracy

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  39. it is the best movie i have seen after so many years... people wont like it because they only like hopeless and no story movies like ready, wanted, no entry. Its high time now and films are not only about comedy, action and romance. Its also about giving some message and you are not getting the message right. The message is that due to aarakshan, the general students get pressurized due to which they go to coaching centres and today education has become a business and someone has truely said that today... we have teachers but not guru who not only teach us as their job but also provide us correct way. This is the motto and if you cannot understand the correct motto then how can you like this film. Its a very nice family movie and it has some sense and I liked it more than Ghajini and 3 idiots and the one who is idiot can never get correct knowledge from such films. Also, i must say that our politians are a big idiots because they don't know which movie should be banned and which should not be and one last thing that I must say is that .... this film shows reality and you all are hipocrates because you all react in same way as was done in the film in your real life but while commenting you try to impress people but sorry to say ... no one is impressed and this shows your narrow mindedness... I wish that films like murder should be banned completely and more of the films like aarakshan should be created. I give 4.5/5 to this film. It's the best movie of 2011 till date.

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  40. it is very good movie, fuck those critics who give 2 ratings. it real deserve at least 4.5 ratings out of 5.this film handle sensitive matter very carefully.dont know why this film ban in u.p.nice acting,script.must watch.comment by 300mbsunny.com.

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  41. its a really gud movie.but depends how u take it .....even m a general caste guy but provided we are educated and need to act matured.how many times a general caste guy has got a seat leaving you behind and u r offcourse fine wid tat.if visit some of the villages wont take the states name but an Sc caste doctor and his wife were forced to committ suicide after people came to know about their caste.The doctor had built a hospital on loan which he wasnt able to payoff because of the mentality and hatred that people showed.FORGET ABOUT CASTE IS THIS HUMANITY ON ANY GROUNDS.AND YUP WHOEVER GIVES A BULLCRAP TO WAT I WROTE OR GIVES ME SLANGS REMEMBER ! I KNOW MYSELF ABOUT BEST SO I REALLY DONT FEAR UR JUDGEMENT.BE A HUMAN NOT AN ANIMAL

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  42. 90% reservations are misused in india

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  43. I saw the film today..its very nice..i dnt know why the criticts rate it so poorly...by the way i belong to a generel cast family..bt i think that this seat reservation is a good decision taken by a governent..

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  44. The so-called upper caste people have inherited a place full of luxury and pride, where as, the others have inherited insult,poverty and humiliations....the fight is between haves and haves nots...Baba Sahib had rightly pointed out while handing over the constitution to the nation that we are entering in the life of self contradictions, constitutionally all would be equal but socially there would be no guaranty ,,, a long struggle to attain social equality would be needed and the initiative would have to be from Upper caste people, the propagators of inequality,first.

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