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AARAKSHAN: First Look at the inflection point of Indian social history

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Just a decade ago whole of country burst into flames when government took a decision to reserve jobs and seats for a social category that government of the day felt had not got the benefit after a long time of independence. It was a decision that became cataclysmic and created a vertical divide in the Indian society, and now more and more categories are clamoring for reservations for government jobs as also in educational institutions run by government of India. Prakash Jha was one of the directors who saw the unfolding of this social change in Indian cinema and he is going to place the whole situation in the context with his new release AARAKSHAN which is going to be released in August. 

Starring, Big B, Saif Ali Khan, Manoj Bajpayee and Deepika Padukone, AARAKSHAN has the potential to open the simmering discontent in the Indian society, but it also is going to hold a mirror to the Indian government that inspite of so much water having flown after this event that it needs to expand the ambit of job creation for those who are living at the fringe of the society, as it is this category which owing to lack of opportunities still tries to get that elusive carrot of government job.

Prakash Jha's films are characterized by being contextual and appealing to broad spectrum of category be it at the local or the international level and by following his own path has carved a niche for himself both commercially as also critically, which indeed is an achievement that any filmmaker would be proud off. 

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It is for the first time that Big B along with Saif and Deepika is working with Prakash Jha, and Saif as a representative of category of lower social class would find that his image would indeed undergo a drastic change in the eyes of the Indian film aficionado after his power packed performance in AARAKSHAN. Indeed Prakash Jha would be one of the rare film makers who through his series of films starting from DAMUL and up to RAAJNEETI has underlined that if one keeps on focusing on social issues with a commercial flavor success is going to be the by-product ultimately. 

Through AARAKSHAN Prakash Jha is going to underline two important fault lines of Indian social history Mandal Commission and the opening of Indian economy that happened simultaneously, and one only hope that more such initiatives would be on offer to document the social change of the Indian society by cinema, as it is done in other countries. 

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