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Satyagraha Review

Satyagraha
Satyagraha  Rating: 2.55/5

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:Masand's Verdict (CNN IBN - IBNLive)
The story flounders as the drama builds up, and collapses like a house of cards in its clunky, overblown climax. Satyagraha, which starts off as a realistic film, gets shrill along the way and, disappointingly, offers no satisfying resolutions at the end of this long slog. In Satyagraha, Jha effectively meshes the urban angst witnessed on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook with the ground realities of India’s heartland, but the plot subsequently loses its way. Sadly, the director’s storytelling has become so hackneyed that his cinema now merely pays lip service to issues instead of making a stronger comment. I’m going with two out of five for Satyagraha. It may be coming from a good place, but it doesn’t know where it’s going.
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Ratings:4/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
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!
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Front Row (Hindustan Times)
If good intentions were enough to make good movies, Satyagraha would be a masterpiece. But the impact is diluted by a plot that randomly lurches from one event to the next. At over two and a half hours, it all becomes a slog. . Characters says lines like, “Mamla serious ho raha hai,” and “System sadh gaya hai. Satyagraha addresses issues that are urgent, important and relevant. The problem is the telling of the tale. I’m going with two and a half stars.
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Ratings:---- Review By: Komal Nahta Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business
On the whole, Satyagraha is an average fare but its business at the box-office will be below average due to the below-the-mark start and lack of universal support, especially lack of youth support. Although it is contemporary and entertaining in parts and also has an emotional under-current, its convenient screenplay and too idealistic characters would mar its box-office prospects by limiting its appeal. Business in big centres and multiplexes will be better than that in smaller centres and single-screen cinemas.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Karan Anshuman Site:Mumbai Mirror
Satyagraha tackles corruption at a basic and national level. Unlike his other films, Jha merely highlights the issue here garnishing it with brief emotional moments that work. But this time, his target audience is aware. Even with Chakravyuh, you could argue the film informed the unenlightened citizen. Satyagraha solely documents and offers fleeting wisdom. It succeeds at highlighting the problem but fails at achieving poignancy.
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Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site: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.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Paloma Sharma Site:Rediff
Producer-director Prakash Jha has his heart in the right place as he once again chooses a topic -- in this film's case corruption -- that is singeing the country more than anything else today but delivers a potion that is but a terrible hodgepodge of Arakshan, Rajneeti and GangaajalWhen the film ends -- a good 152 minutes later -- one comes out with a feeling that Jha might have outsourced his job to somebody who was under no compulsion to do justice to his audience as well as to the film's superstar-cast. Satyagraha fails miserably in all these three departments.
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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Prasanna Zore Site:Rediff
Clearly inspired by the Anna Hazare movement, Satyagraha attempts to replicate it and explain what went wrong. What went wrong with the film itself, is the delayed climax. If you have lofty ideas for your country or are just plain sick and tired of the corruption that has crept in, Satyagraha is definitely for you. However, if you follow politics and have had the opportunity to open a newspaper, just avoid it. Satyagraha attempts to speak about important issues but ends up over-simplifying them. Nevertheless, it is a good attempt.
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is a political film that, for all its well-meaning bluster, neither stings nor scalds. It fails to hit the core of the truth that it seeks. Unfortunately, Satyagraha barely skims the surface of a complex theme, leaving many a crucial question unanswered. As a result, it can hardly be expected to shake a vast nation and its somnolent rulers out of their torpor.The righteous indignation that Satyagraha articulates never quite assumes the shape of a full-fledged conflagration that can sock the audience in the face. Parts of Satyagraha make perfect sense but, on the whole, it never comes close to clicking into top gear. It leaves you more disappointed than angry.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
The trouble with cobbling together your film's plot from current headlines is glaringly evident in Satyagraha, Prakash Jha's latest take on What Ails The Nation. It becomes a case of putting on celluloid events that have just finished unfolding, and are still unravelling in front of our eyes: if it is happening in real life, why do we need a reel version? Especially a version which doesn't add anything of significance to the narrative: it's all been-here-seen-this-and-that before.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates24By7
Unfortunately, Jha’s revolution this time round ends up unforgivably long, inadequately scripted and way too superficial to merit applause.Yes, there are moments of optimism, but those are far too few to evoke any real passion. His revolution, much like what he earlier staged in ‘Aarakshan’ is way too dramatic and idealistic, and ends without hinting at any solution. “What sort of a nation have we made?” asks Bachchan during one of the most poignant moments in the movie. But, that left us wondering; “What sort of a movie have you ended up making, Mr. Jha?”
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
What’s Good: A well intentioned social drama. What’s Bad: Over dramatic, fractured script and a plot that goes haywire. Watch or Not?: Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is an altruistic film with a clearly positive motive at heart. However, with a script that drags characters that are both predictable and caricatures Jha has made you familiar with in his previous films, this one is a tiresome tirade!
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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Sarita Tanwar Site:DNA
The film will make you angry and make you feel helpless, powerless…it's all too real.. too close home. Which is why he should have done this docudrama style. It would have been more effective and relevant. The thing that troubles me is: why make a fictional version of a subject like this? The only valid reason seems to be to not piss off the powers that be. To ensure a release. Admitting this is based on the Anna Hazare movement would have meant many hurdles. From political pressure to censor trouble to say the least. So director Prakash Jha choses to call this a drama/love story, thereby defeating the whole message/point of making a film like this. You can't make a film about what is wrong with the system, while surrendering to the system
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58 comments:

  1. Seriously Taran there is still 2 days to movie release. how come do you get to give a review so soon

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  2. He's a critic..
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    Of a site like BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA !
    He gets to see special screenings --.--

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    1. That everyone knows but why does he gets to see screenings in advance of all the critics in India

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    2. everyone gets to see paid previews..
      Taran bas apna review jaldi de deta hai..

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    3. Special screening or big fat envelope to celebrate birthday before birth!!!! These paid reviews sucks...

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    4. He knows only one number, 4. Seriously, this site should sack him once for all.

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  3. taran adarsh feku h.
    bt
    fact is that taran adarsh & komal nahata are the only indian critics who r official to every major production house in bollywood.
    baaki sab theater me movie dekhte hei.

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  4. Some reviewer from India tv has also given the review... Admin please add that as well..

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  5. the paid reviewers have given 4 stars. but emirates seems to have a very negative review will have to wait for other reviews

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  6. Special screening or big fat envelope to celebrate birthday before birth!!!! These paid reviews sucks...

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  7. Saala,. Komal nahata ko critics kisne banaya...Sabne satyagraha ko 4/5 dia...usne 2.5/5 diya...Pagal saala,,,,

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    1. komal nahata nahin koimoi ki reviewer mohar basu hain. Waise ndtv ne bhi use 2.5 diya

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  8. Rediff ne 1 , ndtv or koimoi ne 2.5 this shows how much of a paid critic taran and toi are

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    1. rediff ne review change kar liye hai aur usne 3 * diya hai ...be update

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  9. Many of the paid reviewers have given less than 2.5 stars for excellent movie..I am sure congi and srk are paying to give less stars..

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    1. Taran and TOI are paid reviewers rest are not thats why less than 2.5 stars

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  10. an avg inspirational movie by jha.... with correctly chosen strong cast, a non intimidating stuff is presented. Dailogues are not good enough to give us the feel of satyagraha......
    2/5.

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  11. Very bad story...and direction....only many star but movie low star...2/5

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    1. are pagal sabko movie acha lag raha hai.tu movie aankh se dekhta ya or kahin se jo tumko kahaani samajh me nahi aaya.or kahaani kharab laga.

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  12. Waste of money and time.....movie not level of gangajal,rajneeti..2 .5/5

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    1. Even poorer than Aarakshan for me

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    2. agar movie samajh me nahi aati to dekha mat karo.

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  13. Waste of money and time
    ..movie not level of gangajal and rajneeti..2.5/5

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  14. Mind goes for satyagraha.
    http://howzdmovie.blogspot.in/

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  15. This deservs a reading by all here, coz its a review in a different style. U Must REad.

    SATYAGRAHA - A vague attempt to exploit a recent national issue, which is again made in Jha's same old set pattern, with no impressive solution for the problem. (Review By Bobby Sing)

    http://bobbytalkscinema.com/recentpost.php?postid=postid083013063715

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  16. " Satyagraha " : Ratings :2.7* , Length: 2 hrs 33 mins
    just watched it lot of actors are wasted in this movie, slow pace and dailogs are not effective, even story is not interesting film is dramatic but still an average watch..

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  17. gaurav rai were r u?

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  18. kuch bhi ho Satyagraha desh ke haalat ko darsaati hai, review per mat jaao, movie dekho.

    Satyagarah jaisi movies ko jyada support karo jisse ki aisi saaf suthri movies banti rahe or ghatiya subjects per bani movies jo ki aaj ki yuva pidi ko bhatka rahi hai dekhna band karo.

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    1. Anna ka andolan ko haarte hue aur yeh gahtiya sarkar ko jeetete hum dekh chuke . Kyon jaa ka same cheez movie hall mein dekh kar paise waste kare

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  19. in sab ki baat mat suno..
    Plz mae ye cahta hu ki is desh ka har young nojvan ye movie jarur dekhe...bahot mast movie h...aor plz jarur dekhne jae...bhi 5 star movie h...desh m kranti aa jaegi is movie se...must watch....

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  20. PAKAV FILM. BAS LOGO KO CHU*IA BANA RAHE HE AISE FILM MAKERS. TARAN ADARSH AUR SRIJANA MITRA DAS DONO NE PAISE KHAYE HE. THE FILM ONLY DESERVES RATING LESS THAN 2 STARS

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  21. 2.8* Nothing is as we have expected, its only the present story inspired by anna hazare, , not worth spendig bucks...,
    Agree or Disagree I dont care

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  22. I predicted movie BAKWAS HOGI : rajatnarulafilmpreview.blogspot.in/2013/08/satyagraha.html

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  23. I predicted it would be a star show with no power : rajatnarulafilmpreview.blogspot.in/2013/08/satyagraha.html

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  24. Movie mast hai but congress supporters ko achha nahi lagega isiliye congress ke chamche kam rating de rahe hai

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  25. Its a good movie...way better than the bakwas n senseless Chennai Express.

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  26. SATYAGRAHA: Formulaic Exploitation of Freedom of speech! Corruption hits cinema! [2/5]

    Corruption in our system has been in practice for so long now that you can easily find its traces in our day-to-day life. It is so rehearsed-so exercised that we might not even consider it now a threat to our society but when the same strikes in art like cinema, it still hurts, badly. Prakash Jha’s so-called social drama SATYAGRAHA is a victim of corruption in cinema. Formulaic approach of Jha’s own league contaminates the power of story-telling. Forced Star-value pollutes the intensity and effort.

    Taking a prominent lead from Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement and a few other sensational news headlines in the past, SATYAGRAHA roams around an idealistic retired principal [played passionately by Amitabh Bachchan] who is so much confined into his ideas that he can be very blatant with anyone against his concept of morality. Trust me, in few scenes you would be thanking God that your father in real is not like him. After losing his extremely talented engineer son in a road-accident [referring to the Satyendra Dubey murder case, if you remember], in frustration to not know how to deal with corruption in the system, Daduji slaps the district magistrate and is now behind the bars.

    To set him free, joins hands an ambitious businessman of promising future [Ajay Devgn in his usual], a local crowd-pulling youth leader [Arjun Rampal wasted in his ‘Rajneeti’ look] and a dedicated journalist [Kareena Kapoor Khan-the most irritating of all] who merely believes in just one rule of journalism that you should look presentable. So, you never find her without heavily done make-up in any of the frames she’s in. Manoj Bajpai slips into a caricature-ish comical politician who’s naively uncomfortable with the concept of lawmakers taking instructions & suggestions to improve from public as a part of democratic system. So, the conflict to bring inevitable change in the system turns into a final showdown between the government and team Satyagraha.

    Problem with the film lies in its too idealistic characters to make connect and events happenings in the most suitable manner. Film struggles to speak loud and clear on the issue and ends up in an exploited version of the ‘freedom of speech’ that can also be referred as the ‘freedom to preach’. In its 2 hour 32 min of excruciating duration, it goes on and on and on till an equally infertile dramatic climax.

    All I can request/warn/suggest Mr. Jha that please rediscover his own self beyond this fixed parameters of star-driven half-cooked hopeless social dramas just for the sake of making it or the day is not very far when we would have another ‘Ram Gopal Verma’ in Bollywood. If not in the right manner, some statements should not be made at all as you are killing the opportunity for someone else. [2/5]

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    1. Gaurav ji,
      For me, Best movie I have seen gives a somewhat realistic view of Anna type Satyagraha , And TELLING US how a Revolution can turn to Terrorism or Civil War , And how to stop it from turning into one. It is a Tribute to Gandhi Ji and Anna Ji. And helps us understand mistakes that Anna and Team Anna Must have make.
      For me it is 5 out of 5 . And Best of Prakash Jha till date . According to me people should and watch this movie (And learn) and not to go by reviews

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    2. bang on gaurav great review as ever

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    3. Love your reviews keep writing please

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    4. thanks guys :) keep reading and keep writing your views & suggestions! @ sidharth sood: sir, i respect your views. thanks for letting me know...keep doing that!

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    5. You Rock Gaurav Rai!!! Perfect Review!!!

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  27. picche kai attmpt mein prakas jha ki filme lecture de rahi hai

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  28. Best movie I have seen gives a somewhat realistic view of Anna type Satyagraha , And TELLING US how a Revolution can turn to Terrorism or Civil War , And how to stop it from turning into one. It is a Tribute to Gandhi Ji and Anna Ji. And helps us understand mistakes that Anna and Team Anna Must have make.
    For me it is 5 out of 5 . And Best of Prakash Jha till date . According to me people should and watch this movie (And learn) and not to go by reviews

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  29. logoko TMK,Ek Tha Tiger, Chennai express...jaissi film gar achhi lagti hai to isskoto bura koi keh hi nahi sakta...
    ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;BEST Films of the year................
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    Madras Cafe
    The Day
    Bhag Milkha Bhaag
    Duniyadaari(Marathi)

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  30. Being a frustrated indian with corrupt politics...I wud say its an interesting flick on anna hazare anti corruptn movmnt...if u r a bollywood masala movie lover than its not for u...but if u appreciate sensible acting and direction ..its a must watch given the present condition of our country...

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  31. Corruption surely is the most dangerous evil in the Indian economy today. Seeking it an opportunity, Prakash Jha comes up with yet another socio-political drama ‘Satyagraha’. But the big question is- If he does justice to it?

    Satyagraha narrates the story of a middle class Indian Dwarka Anand (Amitabh Bachchan) who is sick of the corrupt system of government and revolts against it. Manav (Ajay Devagan), a businessman, gives up his capitalists ideas to support him. Soon Arjun (Arjun Rampal), a local leader, joins the movement to support the two. Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor), a journalist, helps them to nationalize their movement with the help of mass media. Balram Singh (Manoj Vajpai), a minister, is yet again in a negative role who opposes the movement.

    Satyagraha strikes at the right time to the theatres when so much has been going in the Indian economy. But the director fails to present the actual picture of the scenario. When so much could have been done with the movie, Jha leaves you disappointed. And it is not the first time for him. He started with Aarakshan followed by Chakravyuh and now Satyagraha which is a complete injustice to his audience.

    Talking of the performances, I would first like to mention Manoj Vajpai who is in his full form. He is excellent usual. Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgan are good. Their dialogues in some scene are impactful. Kareena Kapoor supports them equally well. Arjun Rampal and Amrita Rao have not much to do.

    ‘Unchi Dukaan, Feeke Pakwaan’ best describes Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha. It fails to create that impact which should have been created by now. This is a total waste of a wonderful opportunity.

    Rating- 2/5

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    1. Unchi Dukaan, Feeke Pakwaan well said

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  32. expected a lot....disappointed. Worthy current issue. Makers should have dealt it with a bigger heart. Only Big B n manoj vajpayee were too good...

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  33. A hard slap to that Corrupted Govt. Servant and then that powerful voice echoed in every corners of the theater "Enough!!!..Naukar hai aap janata ke aur Bartamizee bardast nahi karenge hum!!!"..... n ‪#‎Claps‬ from each spectator who were present into the theater!!!...The greatest Actor of Indian Film Industry as usual Rules the billions of Indian Movie Lovers!!! ‪#‎HatsOff‬ ‪#‎BigB‬ Sir!!!
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    Watched Satyagraha today!!!...May be its not among the best creations by the Mastero ‪#‎PrakashJha‬, may be it adds some extra-colour n goes little awful in the basis of reality in some times,but this Political Drama definately sends a Strong and Powerful message to the Generation X and Y!!!..They can feel its time to arise,awake n reform our beautiful country which is unfortunately driiven by the corrupted Govt.!!!‪#‎Styagraha‬ is a timely wakeup call for a wounded nation!!!It showed the corruption n injustice of our society from the very root!!!..The Songs specially 'Raghu Pati Raghava Raja Ram' was treat to watch..The Background score n Cinematography were just perfect..!!!
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    ‪#‎SultanOfBollywood‬ did so many roles in this type of charecter before...it was among not his bests too..‪#‎ArjunRampal‬ almost resumed his role of ‪#‎Raajneeti‬ in an another name n other recognisation....‪#‎KareenaKapoorKhan‬ was so so..‪#‎AmritaRao‬ supressed her,I feel..‪#‎IndranilSengupta‬ n other actors were decent!!!!
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    But the Show-stealer & off course the Damn best performer who supreesed all in this movie,he surely was not the Hero, he was the main Antagonist Charecter which was played by Bollywood's one of the best actors Veteran ‪#‎ManojBajpayee‬ Sir!!!....His spontenious dialouge delivery,humourous acting n outstanding attitude were the lifeline of this film!!!..Very Very Special Thanks to him!!!! ‪#‎Salute‬ to #ManojBajpayee Sir!!!
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    Overall its a Good movie n must watch for all!!!..You surely feel to contribute something for our INDIA when the end credis stars rolling...!!!!
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    Rating: 3.5 out of 5
    A must watch if you love to be inspired n if you are dedicated to your country!!!

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    1. wow yours is the only real and genuine review of the lot

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