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Directed by : Prakash Jha

Release Date : | Length : 153 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 2.7/5
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Satyagraha revolves around a peaceful mass protest against corruption.


“Satyagraha is a charged and intense drama guaranteed to move you as it's based on real events. Amitabh Bachchan and Manoj Bajpayee's performances make up for a weak script and execution. A solid watch, given its message.”

Satyagraha Box Office

  • Gross: INR 55.09 cr.
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Truth Hurts

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A revolution that starts with the protagonist delivering a resounding slap right under Gandhi ji’s portrait will only be fuelled on by rage not angst, spiralling into terrible terrible violence; even if the clarion call remains Gandhigiri.

Sadly that may be the truth.

A story idea that may have been spun out of a kernel of original thought but soon comes up with the same frayed fabric that we have grown wary and weary of; the moth eaten material quickly pegged up on the Showcase of High Cheekbones that is Rampal and Kapoor-Khan.

Sadly that may be the truth.

A film that may have started out offering us  new heroes, but then reduces them to caricatures that flip and flop, confused, wavering—the only actors in the whole drama who are consistent, remain clear about what they want and their modus operandi ,isthe same diabolical system that the new heroes want to overthrow.

Sadly that may be the truth.

And how our adversaries have changed. Could certain movements have seen success, could certain tactics proved useful only because the other still wanted to be seen as the “civilising force” rather than as a despot? That the powers that are today have none of these apprehensions?

Sadly that may be the truth.

Satyagraha is the story of a Gandhian (Amitabh Bachchan) who after the above mentioned slap fest decides to fast unto death to stem the rot that is governance in India today—something he encounters for himself when his widowed daughter-in-law (Amrita Rao) fails to get compensation the wily Minister (Bajpai-who is at his smarmiest best) had promised. He is aided by his son’s much misunderstood friend (Devgn) who very Sidharta-ish shuns his corporate world to repay dosti ka karz. They are joined in their revolution by journalist Yasmeen-who has turned down a PM junket for Piyaar Sake-Ahmed (Kapoor Khan). Ahmed true to “good journalist” cred keeps her wardrobe chic and her hair chic-er whether she is confusing reportage with a 24/ 7 reality TV show or making out with Devgn’s character in flagrant disregard to fire safety laws and regulation regarding the conversation and preservation of heritage buildings. Rampal rounds up the motley crew playing a former student now Angry Young Man on the Street. There is also a character fashioned after Kejriwal but considering he is as charismatic as the person living or dead he is purely coincidentally resembling so one can forget about him. And a cast of one million and counting twitterati.

One doesn’t know whether to moan the corruption of the state, the altered form of revolution, the jhankar-ification of a beloved hymn, or the “copy-cut-pasting” of recent history.

In fact I hope all characters appearing in this work are fictitious, for God help us from the Remix Revolution appearing in this film.


And sadly that may be the truth.

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