Movie Review: Satyagraha (2013)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★★☆
Box Office: Below Average

Retired teacher Dwarka Anand (Bachchan) is an idealistic man. His engineer son Akhilesh’s buddy Manav (Devgn) is an ambitious capitalist. Manav cherishes his friend – who suddenly dies. Minister Balram Singh (Bajpai) announces compensation which Akhilesh’s wife Sumitra (Rao) cannot get despite daily applications before government babus. Incensed, Dwarka slaps an arrogant official and gets imprisoned. Manav starts a campaign to free him, using social media, roping in wannabe-bahubali Arjun Singh (Rampal) and journalist Yasmin (Kapoor). As hopeful students, hungry labourers and angry middle class citizens join, politicians panic. Will their moves derail the movement?

Prakash Jha, a conscientious film-maker, has always emphasized on narrating stories that mirror actuality, raising pertinent issues that affect the nation. This time, in SATYAGRAHA, the proficient storyteller attempts to depict the anguish in middle class Indians and how this stratum of society is left with no choice but go on recourse to start a movement against corruption and the deceitful babus responsible for the mess.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.5 “Showing true Satyagraha has no short-cuts, it also shows solutions glimmering ahead, as ephemeral, yet powerful as a rainbow cleansing the dust. “
Times Of India
4.0 “SATYAGRAHA is an all-engrossing, compelling drama that mirrors the reality around us.”
Bollywood Hungama
3.5 “The film has its flaws but it is successful in capturing the disgruntled, restless and enraged mood of the country, and in fact the world.”
3.0 “Prakash Jha’s ‘Satyagraha’ is a mix of emotions and political satire. You wouldn’t expect a pure political campaign from the director without a bit of dramatic touch in it.”
Indian Tv News
3.0 “Satyagraha attempts to speak about important issues but ends up over-simplifying them. Nevertheless, it is a good attempt.”
Rediff: Paloma Sharma
3.0 “Though Prakash Jha makes a powerful point with the film, Satyagraha could have benefited from better execution.”
3.0 “Despite many glaring loopholes, Satygraha is a watchable political thriller.”
Daily BHaskar
3.0 “Satyagraha the hyped political cinematic outcry from Prakash Jha ironically even after getting a full hearted emotional kick by Amitabh Bachchan and Ajay Devgn still ends up as a half-hearted exercise in the filmmakers on screen political obsession.”
3.0 “Prakash Jha has got his finger on the pulse of the people, and convincingly portrays the angst of the common man in Satyagraha. But his noble intentions are done in by the abundant idealistic flourish he imbues the film with. “
Average Reviews
2.5 “Satyagraha has a clutch of fine performances but it never comes close to clicking into top gear. It leaves you more disappointed than angry.”
NDTV Movies
2.5 “Satyagraha can be termed as a huge disappointment and makes a mess out of a topical subject and the brilliant star cast.”
Box office World
2.5 “Satyagraha is nothing but a superficial and half-baked attempt at putting forth a volatile socio-political issue. Watch it only for the performances. “
2.5 “Satyagraha is a bad script with good actors. “
DNA India
2.5 “Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is an altruistic film with a clearly positive motive at heart”
2.5 “Despite a relevant social message, Satyagraha loses grip.”
India Today
2.5 “Satyagraha is neither compelling, nor gripping.”
One India
2.5 “This revolution does not awaken anyone.”
Blog Reuters
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Jha’s ‘Satyagraha’ depicts how the road to freedom from the vile and corrupt government is long and not an easy one.Unfortunately, the attempt to show this on screen is rather underwhelming. “
Zee News
1.5 “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.”
Indian Express
1.0 “Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is a terrible hodgepodge of Arakshan, Rajneeti and Gangaajal.”
Rediff: Prasanna Zore

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