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Aakrosh

"Aakrosh" revolves around a guy who goes to a village, Jhanjhar in Bihar, his native place, to watch "Ramleela" with his two friends. These three friends from Delhi University then goes missing in the dusty village. In the next three months, there isn`t a single clue where the young students have vanished. The media and student movements get in on the new, which prompts the Indian government to appoint CBI officers Pratap Kumar (Ajay Devgn) and Siddhant Chaturvedi (Akshay Khanna) to find out the truth.

Language: Hindi
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 15 Oct 2010
Genre: Action / Thriller / Drama
Running Time: 3 Hours
Distributor: NETWORK2009(s) PTE LTD
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Amita Pathak, Paresh Rawal
Director: Priyadarshan
Format: NA

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Writer: Sivarasa Sothivadivel

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Watch this if you liked: “Mississippi Burning”, “Kanchivaram”

There are many who feel that Priyadarshan's long-spanning career, which is perhaps best known for his comedies with Akshay Kumar, have screeched to a halt when it comes to quality films, whereas nobody remembers Akshay Khanna since "Race" (2008) and nobody thinks Ajay Devgan is such a hotshot these days despite appearing in at least two or three films every year in recent years, such as his last, overdrawn film "Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai". So when these three come together in a very serious movie about honour killing in India such as "Aakrosh", either commercial or critical acclaim must be achieved, not Bollywood mediocrity.

Unfortunately that is precisely what this "Mississippi Burning" pretender comes across as. Overdrawn, tedious and without humour, "Aakrosh" does not really address the social issue it raises, save for some stereotypical showcase of sweaty, corrupt officials (Paresh Rawal, Rajendra Gupta) and poor, aggrieved illiterates, and neither does it go all out in offering a bang-up, over-dramatic entertainer that would at least please half the people. The picture, although beautifully captured by Priyadarshan's usual meticulous colour grading and pretty angles, loses steam because the two leads, Ajay Devgan and Akshay Khanna, play seasoned special agents who are so unattractive and overly serious, leaving no room for us to root for them. Although this is a conviction in acting, it is not unfair to say that we simply couldn't understand why they are so obsessed with the case anyway!

Bipasha Basu and Reema Sen have some watchable roles in this but the overall dread of the 3-hour movie makes them lose significance. The music by Pritam is also an afterthought and comes across flat, although a lot of work seems to be in place.

There is some hard swearing in this film, so be warned. However, this reviewer will tell you that it is a hard investigative thriller, not a hard-hitting one.

Cinema Online, 19 October 2010
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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