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Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Rajeev Masand Site:IBNLive

Despite ripping off several key scenes from the original film with faithful precision, Priyadarshan’s desi remake doesn’t deliver the brutal punch of “Mississippi Burning” because the director can’t seem to decide if he’s making a realistic film on an important social issue, or a fast-paced action thriller.It’s hard not to be moved by the gruesome attacks on innocent townsfolk, although the director steals even those scenes to the last detail.The film is engrossing in portions, but suffers on account of inconsistent writing.I’m going with two-and-a-half out of five for director Priyadarshan’s ‘Aakrosh’. For a more satisfying experience, I recommend you watch ‘Mississipi Burning’ instead.

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 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Taran Adarsh Site:BollywoodHungama

After attempting a series of some pleasant, some forgettable laughathons, ace director Priyadarshan embarks upon a hard-hitting drama that draws one’s attention to a relevant issue in a non-compromising approach. But there’s a flipside too: This one’s a dark film. Also, a number of sequences in the narrative can make you uncomfortable [the brutal killings especially] and the spoken language, at places, is harsh, acidic and volatile. Final word? A gripping fare.

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 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Nikhat Kazmi Site:TimesOfIndia 

Priyadarshan takes a break from his staple diet of comedies and moves to serious territory with Aakrosh.The film works primarily because it is paced like a high momentum thriller. Both the investigating officers, Ajay Devgan and Akshaye Khanna, spend most of the screen time chasing leads, witnesses and crooks, albeit in different styles.The duo complements each other well and makes a gritty pair of investigators on screen. Add to this, a fine act by Paresh Rawal as the unabashedly corrupt cop and you have a testy triumvirate that holds the film together engrossingly. But Aakrosh is essentially an all-guys act, with Ajay, Akshaye and Paresh providing enough punch to keep the drama racy, riveting and topical too. Go for some serious stuff. The hot-headed boys of Aakrosh don’t let you down.

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 Ratings:2.5/5 Reviewer:Anupama Chopra Site:NDTV

Aakrosh, directed by Priyadarshan and co-written by Bhatt and Akash Khurana, is a faithful remake of Alan Parker’s Oscar-nominated drama Mississippi Burning.Aakrosh stays on track as long as Priyadarshan stays faithful to Mississippi Burning. But trouble starts the minute the writers get original.Aakrosh has moments of power but most of these are copied, some even down to the dialogue. I recommend you see the original instead.

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 Ratings:3.5/5 Reviewer:Preeti Arora Site:Rediff

Priyadarshan’s approach to filmmaking with elaborate plots and storylines continues with this film as well. What starts out as a simple investigation into the case of three missing medical students evolves into an intricate narrative of honour killings, corruption, political power, and the eternal dynamics of good versus evil. In the final analysis, Aakrosh is a tight film. It’s dark, it’s violent, it’s informative and it’s packed with a load of shock value which keeps you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. It’s is everything a film of its genre should be. Realism, Bollywood-style! Go watch this.

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 Ratings:1/5 Reviewer:Khalid Mohammed Site:Passion4cinema

So despite the promotions crying out loud that Aakrosh 2010 touches on the topical subject of honour killings, it’s just copy time with Mistah Priyadarshan. Why, sir, why? Ergo, why not opt for content which has a measure of entertainment, genuine social relevance and ‘film’ a script which has an iota of originality and turbo-power? Throughout, the action set pieces stir you back faintly to life. Or else the result is the most effective sleeping mixture you can find in the market. You wake up also somewhat for Bipasha Basu. Alas, she’s wasted in the sketchy part of the cop’s tormented wife. Her expressive eyes normally speak volumes, out here they just say, “Is this all I have to do? Look miserable?”All said and endured, save yourself a trip to Aakrosh land. It’s full of sound and fury, signifying a headache.

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 Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Komal Nahata Site:Koimoi

story is issue-based and their screenplay stays true to the story. However, by its very nature, the story is grim and depressing because of which the drama becomes dull and drab. Pratap Kumar and Siddhant watching helplessly the police officers of Jhanjhar indulge in corruption and illegal activities gets on the audience’s nerves after a point of time because they are, after all, men of authority. Also, even if one were to take away the point of honour killings from the story, its treatment wouldn’t change materially which, effectively, means that the film is like any other murder mystery. That is to say, the film, in the true sense, appears to be a usual and routine murder mystery with absolutely nothing new to offer except, perhaps, the build-up around it, in the media, that it is based on the burning topic of honour killings.On the whole, Aakrosh is more grim than entertaining

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Ratings:1.5/5 Reviewer:Gaurav Malani Site:Indiatimes

Sadly there is no honour killing in this film. This three-hour long action-drama merely has a five-minute mention on honour killing that too in a flashback account. And come to think of it, even the supposed honour killing shown in the film is not a premeditated cold-blooded murder but more of an impulsive act. Beyond that the film just squanders in the guise of a CBI investigation on the killings. Be assured that even after watching this film, you won’t be enlightened one bit on the issue of honour killings beyond what’s common knowledge. Neither will you be moved on the matter.  If this is the kind of serious cinema he has to offer, we are better off with his comedies. This is Aakroshious!

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