‘Sleep Walking’ Review of SATAYAGRAHA


Rating :


Prakash Jha is the only person who’s continuously making political drama. His political drama’s are one of the best you will get. But honestly I’ve become very bored by so many same kind of film.

If good intention makes good film then Satayagraha would have been a masterpiece. Prakash Jha’s story is about Dwarka Anand played by Amitabh Bachaan , a retired, upright and principled school principal, lives in Ambikapur with his son, Akhilesh played by Indraneil Sengupta. Akhilesh is to get married to Sumitra played by Amrita Rao. Akhilesh’s best friend is Manav Raghavendra  played by Ajay Devgan.

Akhilesh  is killed in a tragic accident after his marriage. The home minister, Balram Singh played amazingly by Manoj Bajpayee announces a compensation for Akhilesh’s death in the accident but his widow had a tough time getting the money in hands.

One day, Dwarka Anand goes to the collector’s office to complain about the delay and ends up slapping the collector in his room. He is arrested and put behind bars.

Meanwhile Yasmin Ahmed played by Kareena Kapoor Khan is a senior reporter with a leading television channel, comes with her crew to cover the public outcry against the arrest. Soon Yasmin and Manav fall in love with one another.

After that they starts a fast unto death strike and the mass public joins them. Soon Dwarka Anand’s health goes on deteriorating,

This film starts off pretty well with a burning issue of our society but soon looses heat. Actually the script writer became so inspired by reality that he forgot that this is a film and people go to watch a movie for entertainment and entertainment only. There’s nothing wrong about the concept but the main thing is the way of telling it. And this film has missed that.

Amitabh Bachchan lives the role of Dwarka Anand .He is mind-blowing! He got some of the most powerful scenes. For example the scene where Dwarka Anand slaps the collector (I was clapping at that time). Also scenes of hunger strike were terrific. It looked as if he truely was on a hunger strike. Ajay Devgan delivers an honest performance. Kareena Kapoor is very effective. Arjun Rampal is also very good but does not get too much scope. Manoj Bajpayee is extraordinary as home minister Balram Singh. Amrita Rao is good.

Prakash Jha’s direction is nice but his narration is unable to camouflage the shortcomings of the script. Music penned by Salim-Sulaiman, Aadesh Shrivastava, Meet Bros. Anjjan and Indian Ocean is appealing. All the songs are well-tuned. The best number is the ‘Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram’ song which is also wonderfully worded (by Prasoon Joshi) and has the soul-stirring quality about it. Prasoon Joshi’s lyrics even for the other songs are superb.

If you have already seen the previous films of Prakash Jha then you’ll definitely hate this one. So take my advise and skip this one. I’m going with one and a half stars.


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