Aakrosh Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:33:49.2300000 IST


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The Priyadarshan-Pritam combination has worked its magic in almost all the films that they have worked together. Without fail one or more chartbuster has been accrued to them but mostly those films were predominantly trademark Priyan comedies. With AAKROSH, the National Award winner Priyadarshan has decided to break away from his comic image and is handling a serious but topical issue of honour killing that is plaguing the nation, especially prevalent in the medium and small towns of North India. The music naturally will be as per the tight script that deals with a sober and serious issue. And since the setting is rural India, one can except some rustic flavours in the album. So, let's see if AAKROSH turns out to be an enriching experience and the team of Priyan and Pritam gives the music patrons a chance to savour the rich musical heritage of North.

Since the film is set in a small town of Bihar, it's but natural that the first track of the album 'Isak Se Meetha' is a true blue raunchy 'nautanki' number, the kind heard in the local 'melas' and fairs of North India, mainly Bihar and UP. With 'Munni Badnaam Hui'(DABANGG) still ruling the charts, Pritam has offered the patrons of this type of music another chance to freak out . The highlight is the deadly rhythm that one gets hooked on to easily, thanks to the singer, Kalpana Patowary. Kalpana may not be a very famous name in Bollywood but she has a massive fan following in Bihar and UP as she is a renowned Bhojpuri singer and has several hit numbers to her credit. No doubt her presence in the song will only serve to make it more popular amongst the target audience. Supporting her with remarkable ease and elan is Ajay Jhingran, who too charges up the atmosphere with his energetic singing. And amongst all these pluses is the original item girl, Sameera Reddy, who seems to be in her elements with her eclectic dancing. Irshad Kamil's lyrics too are in keeping with the rural setting of the song. The promos of the song are in full swing at all major entrainment channels and undoubtedly this number will serve as a tension reliever in this serious heady movie.

The number also features as 'Dhol Mix' and as a simple remix (by Kiron Kamat) and all credit to the arrangers for making them different with use of different instruments and music arrangements. Though naturally the 'Dhol Mix' is better and more entertaining of the two with liberal use of Indian percussion instruments. .

Pritam can undoubtedly be regarded as the best in business when it comes to breezy romantic tracks and he has evolved his trademark touch which interestingly is different for different makers, from the Bhatts to Priyan. The next romantic outing, 'Saude Baazi', is one such number that will have the die-hard romantics clinging to it's lilting melody as a sort of hilly folkish flavour prevails throughout the number. The 'mukhda' is an absolutely enchanting one not heard before. The use of Hindustani musical instruments like flute, 'sitar', 'tabla', harmonium etc is the crowning glory of this lovely track. Anupam Amod's fresh, crisp and gentle vocals make the composition sound more delightful and Irshad Kamil's lyrics too are gems that adorn this track.



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Moving on, great attention is paid to details. The placards by the local villagers have 'We want justis' written on them to look real. Even the milieu is perfect making you feel a part of the proceedings.

Some poignant scenes like the way the judge passes a hurried judgment as he feels claustrophobic, make you cringe. The scene in which Ajatshatru Singh listens to cricket commentary while Sachin Tendulkar is batting in his 90s deserves special mention.

Arun Kumar's editing is decent but the first half could have been pruned for a much better impact. The couple of songs are a deterrent. Tirru's choreography is appealing, with some brilliant shots. Dialogues by Aditya Dhar are impactful. There's nothing great about Pritam's music.

Ajay Devgn gives a superb performance. He has an inimitable panache, which is amazing. There's something between him and trains. After ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI, there's yet another train sequence featuring him in AAKROSH. While the former was deftly done, the later appears farcical. Akshaye Khanna is impressive. After DEEWANGEE, the chemistry between Ajay and Akshaye clicks even in AAKROSH. Paresh Rawal is outstanding. He's so good in his bad avatar that you are full of disdain each time he appears on screen. Amita Pathak is good. Bipasha Basu is miscast. It's difficult to imagine her as a tormented wife. Her two phases have a very stark contrast. Sameera Reddy is passable in the item number.

AAKROSH is a spellbinding action thriller. After watching it you'll feel exhausted, but in a good way.

Rating - 3/5



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Ajay Devgn said in a recent interview that Priyadarshan should stop making comedies. Well, looking at Priyadarshan's recent comedies (KHATTA MEETHA, DE DANA DAN) and now that he's made AAKROSH, we can't agree more with Ajay.

Call it coincidence but 2010 has seen hordes of films based in the interiors of India. After ISHQIYA, PEEPLI [LIVE], ANTARDWAND and DABANGG, AAKROSH is yet another film set in small town India. It's a complex but compelling narrative set around the issue of honour killings. Director Priyadarshan handles the subject proficiently, without compromising on the entertainment quotient. There's never a dull moment and the entire narrative keeps one riveted. Take off your eyes and there are chances you'll be discombobulated.

Three friends from Delhi go missing in a small village - Jhanjhar, in Bihar. It's three months and there is no clue about their disappearance. The media and students movement demand action from the authorities. It's then that the government orders a CBI enquiry with officers Sidhant Chaturvedi (Akshaye Khanna) and Pratap Kumar (Ajay Devgn) to solve the case. They find it difficult to solve the case as the local police and other authorities are a part of Shool Sena, which is responsible for illicit activities. Sidhant and Pratap also face Ajatshatru Singh (Paresh Rawal), a ruthless police officer who misuses his power. Not only that even the locals don't support the investigation. It's with the help of Roshni, (Amita Pathak) who's the daughter of a rich and powerful villager, and Getta (Bipasha Basu), who's Aiatshatru's wife and Pratap's former love, that the investigation moves ahead. A bewildering turn of events ensues.

Priyadarshan takes his time to build the story in the first half, which is comparatively slow paced. Once that is done, you find yourself gripped. The inexorable and brooding story-telling pattern is replete with twists. The issue of honour killings is used as a backdrop, in this high octane action thriller. Mind you, the action does get gory.




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Moving on, great attention is paid to details. The placards by the local villagers have 'We want justis' written on them to look real. Even the milieu is perfect making you feel a part of the proceedings.

Some poignant scenes like the way the judge passes a hurried judgment as he feels claustrophobic, make you cringe. The scene in which Ajatshatru Singh listens to cricket commentary while Sachin Tendulkar is batting in his 90s deserves special mention.

Arun Kumar's editing is decent but the first half could have been pruned for a much better impact. The couple of songs are a deterrent. Tirru's choreography is appealing, with some brilliant shots. Dialogues by Aditya Dhar are impactful. There's nothing great about Pritam's music.

Ajay Devgn gives a superb performance. He has an inimitable panache, which is amazing. There's something between him and trains. After ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI, there's yet another train sequence featuring him in AAKROSH. While the former was deftly done, the later appears farcical. Akshaye Khanna is impressive. After DEEWANGEE, the chemistry between Ajay and Akshaye clicks even in AAKROSH. Paresh Rawal is outstanding. He's so good in his bad avatar that you are full of disdain each time he appears on screen. Amita Pathak is good. Bipasha Basu is miscast. It's difficult to imagine her as a tormented wife. Her two phases have a very stark contrast. Sameera Reddy is passable in the item number.

AAKROSH is a spellbinding action thriller. After watching it you'll feel exhausted, but in a good way.

Rating - 3/5


Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Ajay Devgn, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal, Urvashi Sharma and Amita Pathak
  • Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
  • Director: Priyadarshan
  • Music Director: Pritam
  • Release Date : 07 Feb 2012

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