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BOMBAY TIMES (October 26, 2010)
De-glamourised seem to be the mantra of the season with our B-town beauties. And yet another who has made waves with her recent performance in the much acclaimed Aakrosh, is Reemma Sen. In the movie, Reemma plays a ‘highly deglamourised’ role. In fact, towards the end of the movie, Reemma plays a dumb character as her tongue gets cut off. The actress says she’s never done such a role before, one where she couldn’t speak, had to handle guns, etc. “And, unlike most movies, in Aakrosh, the entire climax is centered around me. It was the first and the most difficult scene to be shot,” says a visibly elated Reemma.
And why is she elated? Simply because of the rave reviews and accolades this role has brought her. Reemma says that initially she didn’t think I could pull it off. “But I surprised both, myself and everyone else, especially those who didn’t expect it of me. In fact, people who didn’t know me traced my number and called me up to tell me what a wonderful job I had done with the role,” she says.
According to the actress, she was pretty apprehensive to take up this role initially. “I wasn’t really convinced about it,” she says adding that it was director Priyadarshan who convinced her about it. “I share a great rapport with Priyan and he said to me ‘I know you can do it’. He said that my role was the best among the heroines and told me to trust him about it. So, I took it up as a challenge. I normally don’t go into thinking mode for my roles but for this one I had to practice. But it was well worth it. Everyone loved my work,” Reemma says.
And if you loved her in Aakrosh, you’re surely going to love her next offering. “It’s a Rahul Dholakia movie and my role there is the complete opposite of this one. The movie is a yuppy and fun urban comedy in which I talk a lot,” Reemma says.
Saturday 23rd October 2010 09.00 IST
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The pre Diwali phase is hitting business badly as the new releases opened to very low numbers. Only Hisss managed to have face saving collections but only at select screens.
Jhootha Hi Sahi opened around the 35% mark and did not show much improvement in the evening as some romantic comedies do. The film has a fairly big investment which will be impossible to recover unless it has a miraculous turnaround.
Rakht Charitra opened at around the 25% mark and is likely to make little impact at the box office.
Dus Tola was very bad with 0-5% and will be out of theatres very quickly.
Aakrosh had an 11 crore nett week one and despite steady weekdays the overall collection is very low. FLOP
Knock Out also had steady weekdays but only a 4.25 crore nett week. DISASTER
Anjaani Anjaani added around 1.50 crore nett in its third week and will finish at 40.25 crore nett and a distributor share of 19.50 crore approx.
By Subhash K. Jha, October 21, 2010 – 16:12 IST
It’s never happened to her before. Though once in Phir Hera Pheri, her voice had been dubbed without her permission and she was understandably upset, in her new release Aakrosh, Bipasha Basu’s role has been cut substantially.
And Bipsha is not sulking! In fact she seems quite happy to be in the shadows.
Chuckles the actress, “I knew from the start that my role was comparatively small. But I wanted to be part of this film because I believed in it. When I saw the complete film for the first time with my family and friends earlier this week, I realized my role had been edited out even more. Now I’m hardly there. Important things that I had shot have been removed.”
Naturally Bipasha’s family and friends were disappointed.
Says the actress, “I quickly took charge of the situation in the theatre and told them to watch Aakrosh as an Ajay Devgn film. I told my friends, ‘Hey guys. just enjoy the film for Ajay. Forget I’m there’. Sometimes it’s important to be part of a film that says something important. We live in the cities and half the time we don’t even know what’s going on in the backward areas. We city folks live a blinkered life. As an actor, I am ashamed to say I’m not aware of the world as much as I should be.”
Aakrosh opened Bipasha’s eyes to a reality she didn’t know existed. “Though my role is the blink-and-miss kind, I’ve no regrets about doing it. The greatest of actors do walk-on parts when they believe in a project. Aamir Khan entered Taare Zameen Par at mid-point. And John (Abraham) insisted on being a small part of Sooni Taraporewala’s Little Zizou because it was about football.”
- By Taran Adarsh, October 15, 2010 – 21:50 IST
The two major releases of the week, AAKROSH and KNOCK OUT, both starring known names, started on a dull note across the country. Call it the affect of the pre-Diwali phase [film business slips considerably during these days] or bad luck, but despite aggressive promotion undertaken by the respective producers, the opening numbers of the two films were way below the mark. While AAKROSH had a 40% start at places, KNOCK OUT was 15% to 20% generally. The third release, RAMAYANA [animation], was dismal as well.
Saturday and Sunday are crucial for the three films, since next Friday will witness the release of four new films and if the business isn’t encouraging during the weekend and subsequently on weekdays, the films will be left with very little screen time at cineplexes next week.
Till a few years ago, words like ‘honour killings’ and ‘khap panchayat’ were unknown for most of the urbanites. But today, after reading the horrors of the same in newspapers, we are not only aware but also detest them. I often think how people can be so heartless that they are ready to kill their own offsprings for the sake of ‘honour of caste’? The brother, who grew up with his lovely sister, feels no remorse when murdering her; the mother feels no guilt when her son or daughter gets killed in front of her eyes…how is it possible? However, it is indeed possible and still happening in the interiors inspite of (feeble) government action and media reportings. Aakrosh, dealing partly with this issue, creates the right impact. It’s a terrific no-nonsense film that wonderfully exposes the system of merciless killings, the so-called ‘honour killing’!
The story of the movie: A lower caste guy, Dinu, and his 2 friends visit a small village, Jhanjhar, in Bihar and soon get disappeared. When their whereabouts aren’t known for 2 months, the pressure of the students in Delhi, where the missing guys belonged to, along with that of media increase considerably, forcing the government to appoint CBI officers Siddhant Chaturvedi (Akshaye Khanna) and Pratap Kumar (Ajay Devgn) to investigate the matter. Pratap was a localite and hence was well aware about the prevailing mindset. However, finding the truth becomes difficult for the duo. The local police and the corrupt police inspector Ajatshatru (Paresh Rawal) refuse to cooperate. A mysterious ‘Shool Sena’ operates in the area that has spread terror everywhere. The lower caste people also don’t open their mouths, for the fear of cops, upper caste people and Shool Sena. How Siddhant and Pratap find leads and progress in the investigation is what the rest of the film is all about.
Aakrosh might seem as a very serious fare. The film’s theme and the mood are indeed serious but it has been packaged as a fast-paced investigative thriller. And that’s why Aakrosh sustains the interest of the viewer from the first scene till the last. The film starts with the Ramlila scene depicted with utmost realism-curious audience watching with great interest, policemen stationed for protection, so-called VIPs at the place just for the sake of attending and talking and joking among themselves. The film gets better after Akshaye and Ajay get to know each other and begin the investigation. The roadblocks they face and how they get one lead after another is captivating. So much happens in the first half (75 mins) that you feel that some 2 hours have already passed by the time intermission comes. The best scene before the intermission is undoubtedly the rooftop chase sequence between Ajay and a suspect. Believe me, it’s one of the finest chase scenes of Bollywood!
The second half is shorter than the first hour but is nevertheless damn interesting. The film falls at certain places though but in no time picks up. Also there isn’t any suspense as such regarding the missing guys. In the beginning scenes itself, one will be able to guess who are the culprits. But that doesn’t pose a problem.
A film of this stature might fail if the climax is faulty. Thankfully, Aakrosh has an excellent climax where the duo finds the truth and punish the guilty tactfully. The film ends on a justified note.
Both Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna deliver incredible performances. They are together for most of the scenes and it’s interesting to see them working together and also arguing. In short, they complement each other well. Ajay, who earn accolades for his act in Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai, come up with yet another fine performance. This is a must for his fans! Same goes for Akshaye and it was great to see him on screen after a long time. And the good news is, he’ll soon be seen in 2 biggies-Anees Bazmee’s No Problem and Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan!
Bipasha Basu was excellent in the deglam role. Paresh Rawal was too good in the negative role…one of his finest performances easily! Reema Sen leaves a mark. Amita Pathak looks beautiful and does a nice job in the short role. Sameera Reddy was sizzling in the item number. There was another item song in the film, featuring Urvashi Sharma which has been chopped off. Jaideep and the actors playing Reema’s hubby, Amita’s dad, the three missing guys, Bahubali and Paresh’s senior do their job well.
Pritam‘s music was ordinary in this film which didn’t have scope for music in the first place. The only song that leaves a mark is Sameera’s item song, Issak Se Meetha. Background score is minimally used. Still many scenes create an impact. Tirru S‘ shaky cinematography creates a tremendous impact especially during action and chase scenes. Thyagarajan and R P Yadav’s action was very realistic but impressive. Some of the scenes however are too violent and gory. But it was necessary keeping in mind the film’s theme. Sabu Cyril‘s production design as usual was flawless. I especially liked the idea of using an abandoned theatre as CBI temporary office!
Robin Bhatt and Akash Khurana‘s story and screenplay was impactful. Story was well-written, inspired from real-life events. Screenplay overall was good although the interest does dip at parts. Aditya Dhar‘s dialogues were acidic and sharp. Finally Priyadarshan impresses a lot as the director. Often veteran directors fail when they switch from the genre of their expertise and try something different. However Priyan has in his vast career attempted many genres and have been more or less successful. Even Aakrosh, which is diametrically different from his recent comedies, has a topnotch direction. A great job indeed!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Ajay and Akshaye’s initial meeting
2. Ajay tells his story to Akshaye and attack in their room
3. Ajay-Akshaye at Paresh’s birthday bash
4. Ajay chases a suspect on the roofs (awesome!)
5. Amita Pathak taken by CBI
6. The lower caste settlements are attacked
7. Ajay-Akshaye get chased by Shool Sena fanatics
8. Ajay-Akshaye chase in the jungles
9. The last 20 minutes
On the whole, Aakrosh is a wonderful hard-hitting flick. It is a serious film, no doubt, but has enough doses of action and thrill to keep the interest alive and to reach a larger audience. Unfortunately, the film has opened to low collections. However, do for this one if possible. After all, its meaningful, it’s entertaining!
My rating-**** out of 5!
Ajay Devgn says there is an audience hungry for hard-hitting mainstream films as well
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 15, 2010)
Bollywood has made brain-dead cinema its mainstay. Every other week the Hindi cinema factory proudly produces fluff and non-chalantly passes it off as art. The director of Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh, Priyadarshan, admits he too is guilty of this crime. “But I’m not necessarily proud of those films,” he admits in a vulnerable moment. So to balance the yin and the yang, this National Award winning technician has consciously dabbled in good cinema like Viraasat, Kaala Paani, Kanjeevaram and Aakrosh, a film that releases worlwide today.
The leading man of Kumar Mangat Pathak’s Aakrosh, Ajay Devgn, also manages to juggle the full blown comedies with the subtle mainstream fare. He has realised the importance of cinema that leaves a lasting impression and yet manages a good return. The twotime National Award winning actor believes that for full-blown comedy you have to have a complete and opposite Gangaajal, Apaharan, Raajneeti or Aakrosh. “These films deal with socially relevant subjects. And the audience can empathise with this genre of realistic cinema especially when they are in the racy, thriller format. The plot of these films are all borrowed from media headlines and the treatment of these films is easily identifiable because it is happening around us,” says Ajay who plays a CBI officer in Aakrosh, adding, “We should be lauding the efforts of Priyadarshan and Prakash Jha who swim against the tide and still make the tide turn in their favour. These film-makers are aware that when they attempt a Apaharan or a Aakrosh it’s a gamble. But since I acted in all the four films mentioned here, I can tell you that when this gamble pays off it is extremely gratifying. It is great to follow the beaten path but it is far more satisfying to attempt the cross genre stuff. Besides no brainers aren’t the only ones that work. The box office has a chequered history. Something like Raajneeti did huge business.”
Akshaye Khanna, who plays the parallel lead with Ajay, says, “It is very challenging to do films like Aakrosh that offer you thrills and frills and yet engage you in something meaningful. This cinema allows you to take back something to mull over.”
Bipasha Basu, the leading lady of the film, also believes that cinema of this nature should be encouraged. She says, “Light hearted films are good but artistes should always attempt to raise the bar. One can’t go through cinema like clowns. There has to be some cinema one can truly be proud of.”
By Taran Adarsh, October 15, 2010 – 08:23 IST
Shameful as it may sound, honour killings still exist in many parts of the country. The misconception is honour killings are all about the murder of a female family member by one or more family members, since the perpetrators / wrongdoers believe that the victim has brought dishonor / disrepute upon the family by having a relationship with a man of different religion or social status or marrying against the parents’ wishes or having premarital sex.
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The fact is men are also victims of this practice, especially when it affects the reputation of a particular caste and community. Many grooms have been killed by the father or brother of the bride and this is exactly what AAKROSH attempts to highlight.
Made with right intentions, AAKROSH enlightens you on the caste system which continues to be at its rigid best, with people from the rural areas refusing to change their attitude towards marriage. Having said that, I’d like to add that AAKROSH is strikingly similar to the Hollywood film MISSISSIPPI BURNING, which, reportedly, was loosely based on the FBI investigation into the real-life murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964.
After attempting a series of some pleasant, some forgettable laughathons, ace director Priyadarshan embarks upon a hard-hitting drama that draws one’s attention to a relevant issue in a non-compromising approach. But there’s a flipside too: This one’s a dark film. Also, a number of sequences in the narrative can make you uncomfortable [the brutal killings especially] and the spoken language, at places, is harsh, acidic and volatile.
Final word? A gripping fare.
AAKROSH revolves around a lower caste guy who, along with his two friends, goes to his hometown Jhanjhar. These three students go missing soon after. The government appoints CBI officers Siddhant [Akshaye Khanna] and Pratap [Ajay Devgn] to investigate the matter.
Investigating in Jhanjhar becomes a tough task for these officers as the local police [Paresh Rawal], with the help of local bigwigs, refuse to co-operate with the two officers. Besides, the officers cannot break the ice with the locals, due to years of fear instilled in them. The effect of their investigation causes mayhem in Jhanjhar, with the wrongdoers spreading terror and killing people in broad daylight.
There’s no denying that Priyadarshan is a creative thinker with an amazing ability to handle comedy as well as intense drama. In AAKROSH, the director succeeds in giving an effectual and authentic look, but there’s a problem: The unnecessary length, which dilutes the overall impact of the film. The first half is excessively lengthy and the second, though crisp, could’ve also done with trimming for a stronger impact.
A number of sequences hold your attention and I’d like to single out the penultimate 20 odd minutes, which leave a stunning impact. Also, the chase sequences – all of them – are executed with panache, especially the one when Ajay chases a key suspect on rooftops. But, like I pointed out earlier, a film like AAKROSH is dark and brutal and therefore, has its limitations. Also, the screenplay [Robin Bhatt, Akash Khurana] vacillates between engaging and not-too-engaging moments at times.
There’s not much scope for music in the film and even otherwise, Pritam’s score is bland. ‘Issak Se Meetha’, an item song filmed on Sameera Reddy, is strictly okay. Cinematography [Tirru S] is striking, while the sepia look gels well with the theme of the film. Dialogues [Aditya Dhar] are well-worded and powerful when required.
Ajay and Akshaye, known for intense acts, deliver bravura performances. Ajay pitches in a remarkable act, establishing himself as one of the iconic actors of the country. Akshaye is superb yet again and only someone who has complete understanding of the craft could’ve delivered such a fine performance.
Bipasha, who was seen in LAMHAA in a deglamorised role, has turned extremely sensitive and serious towards issue-based films. Though the length of her role isn’t much, she sinks her teeth in the non-glam role and delivers a really fine performance. Paresh Rawal is menacing as the uncouth cop. In fact, this is amongst Paresh’s best works. Reema Sen is excellent. Amita Pathak doesn’t have much to do. Jaideep Ahlawat is good. Pankaj Tripathi is perfect. The remaining actors enact their parts well.
On the whole, AAKROSH is not the standard Bollywood fare with the usual song-and-comedy routine. This one strikes a punch. Being an issue-based cinema, it will magnetize the thinking viewer and the intelligentsia mainly. It should find more flavor with the North Indian audience.
By Subhash K. Jha, October 13, 2010 – 11:31 IST
After valiantly crying out loud against the comprehensive cuts ordered by the censor board producer Kumar Mangat has quietly accepted an ‘Adults Only’ censor certificate for Aakrosh, apparently without consulting the director Priyadarshan who’s currently in London shooting producer Ratan Jain’s thriller Tezz.
The certification of the hard hitting film for Adults has not gone down well with Priyadarshan who feels young people in the country need to understand the topical issue of honour killing.
Priyadarshan was adamant that the film get a ‘UA’ certification which would have made Aakrosh accessible to kids under parental guidance.
Argues Priyan, “I think children must see the film and understand what gruesome barbaric conventions and traditions still run a part of our society. Of course Aakrosh is violent at times. You mean to tell me kids today are not subjected to violence when they see the news on television?”
Producer Kumar Mangat who quietly accepted the ‘Adults’ rating has another story to tell. “The censor board had ordered 30 cuts for Aakrosh to avoid an Adults rating. If we had complied, the film would have ended up mutilated and disjointed. We instead preferred to take an Adults certificate with just two cuts in the visuals and dialogues.” Two scathing references to caste differences have been muted in the dialogues.
Reasons Mangat, “I don’t think it was a big sacrifice to make. These cuts don’t make any difference to the storytelling.”
Kumar Mangat’s Aakrosh, directed by Priyadarshan, has Mangat’s daughter Amita Pathak in a key role. However, Priyadarshan had to chop off her song from the film and was very jittery to convey it to the producer-cum-father.
Being the only song picturised on Amita, the director took the help of Ajay Devgn to act as a mediator. Kumar Mangat confirmed, “Yes it is true. Priyan chopped the song which was picturised on Amita and also Urvashi Sharma. Ajay told me that Priyan is not able to tell me this but he has chopped the song since it was slowing down the film. However I said it’s fine since it is for the film and we have to make a film for the audience. If the song was adding to the length of the film, then I am fine with my daughter’s scenes being chopped.”
Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna combine forces again!
Meena Iyer | TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 6, 2010)
Ajay Devgn and Akshaye Khanna have proved to be a lethal combination in the past. Their last outing Deewangee hit the bullseye. On October 15 these two actors will share screen space in Big Screen Entertainer’s Aakrosh is an investigative thriller on honour killings.
Ajay and Akshaye share a healthy work relationship; in fact the reclusive Akshaye even confesses to being very fond of his screen partner. He says, “In Aakrosh Ajay and I are playing CBI officers sent to investigate a missing person’s case, which snowballs and becomes into a much bigger case. The film throws us into the life of a small town in India. And we get embroiled in the small town politics and its policing. We get caught in the web of issues of caste and religion. And of course we end up solving the case.”
Ajay says, “Aakrosh is done in an entertaining gripping way. it is not a boring social message kind of film. It’s an action drama.” Akshaye feels, unfortunately in our country honour killings have taken on huge proportions. “I have met activists who say that we should remove the word honur from these killings because there is no honour in this brutal reality,” says Akshaye. Both actors feel that the government statistics that say that almost 2,000 lives are lost each year to honour killings is very disturbing. Says Akshaye, “We know this is happening around us. Yet we as a collective society are so indifferent to social evils. We don’t bat an eyelid when we see beggars on the street. We do not react when we hear that 200 CRPF guys are gunned by rebels, or when a politician steals INR 2,000 crore from the country. We have become so thick-skinned, we have almost stopped reacting. We just treat everything as another headline in the newspaper… and continue with our daily lives.”
The star son feels that films like Aakrosh can create and change opinions. “Such films can be a wake-up call for a nation that is falling into a bottomless pit,” he says.
Besides making a memorable film, the two actors who shot together after nearly eight years say that they loved the time they spent on the outdoor. Says Akshaye, “I enjoyed working with Ajay on Deewangee. But this time I enjoyed working with him even more.” They laugh because during the long outdoor shoots of the film, they were stuck in a godforsaken town with no cell phones and other distractions. Ajay says, “I respect Akshaye as an actor; and I also enjoy his company.” Akshaye adds, “Well Ajay is a wonderful person and I like the personal equation we have.”