Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan Amrita Rao, Manoj Bajpai And Arjun Rampal in Satyagraha Movie Review (Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Amitabh Bachchan Amrita Rao, Manoj Bajpai And Arjun Rampal in Satyagraha Movie Poster)
Satyagraha Movie Poster

Rating: 2.5/5 stars (Two And Half Stars)

Star cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor, Arjun Rampal, Manoj Bajpai, Amrita Rao, Indraneil Sengupta

Director: Prakash Jha

What’s Good: A well intentioned social drama.

What’s Bad: Over dramatic, fractured script and a plot that goes haywire.

Loo break: Too many!

Watch or Not?: Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is an altruistic film with a clearly positive motive at heart. However, with a script that drags, characters that are both predictable and caricatures Jha has made you familiar with in his previous films, this one is a tiresome tirade!

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Dwarkanath Anand (Amitabh Bachchan) is an upright, moralistic man who has his principles in the right place. The film begins with a clash of ideologies between Dwarka and his son Akhilesh’s (Indraneil Sengupta) friend Manav Raghvendra (Ajay Devgn).

After Akhilesh dies in a mishap, a local minister announces a compensatory amount for Akhilesh’s wife Sumitra (Amrita Rao). Despite taking innumerable trips of the local office, she is unable to procure the amount given the corruption at a grass root level. An agonized Dwarka slaps the collector following the face-to-face debacle! Though he is imprisoned, Manav along with local politician Arjun(Arjun Rampal) and journalist Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor) trigger off an entire campaign against corruption by mobilizing the masses of the city!

Inspired from the real life instance of Anna Hazare’s Jan Lokpal Andolan, Satyagraha blends fact, fiction and slices from history to make a well intentioned film.

Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn And Arjun Rampal in Satyagraha Movie Stills
Kareena Kapoor, Ajay Devgn And Arjun Rampal in Satyagraha Movie Stills

Satyagraha Review: Script Analysis

The story that I was expecting to be gritty ended up grating my nerves. Coming from Prakash Jha, a man whose Damul ranks amongst my personal favorites, the fan inside me was severely bruised. This is a poorly researched film that bends below his standard. Maintaining a politically righteous stance, it is commendable that the man has given his take on corruption, but for most part the script is both frustrating and convoluted.

Based on Anna Hazare’s campaign, the story lacks the usual gripping tendency that Raajneeti or Chakravyuh had. Anchored on real life events, the director played safe with a politically correct ending that lectures you against turning rebellious.

There are far too many flaws than I can point. Ajay’s character had a strong driving force and perhaps the most meticulously written one. The local leader, the widowed daughter-in-law and even the renowned journalist are all mere shadow of characters without any real conviction in place. If they weren’t actors you knew, they would easily settle into being extras. The romantic track between Ajay and Kareena is stark, sudden, unexpected and absolutely an unnecessary diversion in the story. Their (cheat) kissing scene will crack you up. Being the same actors who brought soul to their characters in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Omkara, their chemistry was utterly dull in this film.

At many crucial places in the first film’s first half, you’ll lose interest. There are a very unintended comic moments that I recommend you don’t miss for the sheer lameness. ‘Jantaaaa Rockkssss’ is a rock song which professes the power of common people. I really wish Prasoon Joshi had used some other words than these!

Manoj Bajpai still remains the same scheming antagonist playing a character with the same shades, only a different name! It’s a surprise he hasn’t got bored of playing the same role over and over again! Frankly I am tired of watching him do the same feat all the time! Given his talent, he might consider putting it to some better use.

I was hounded by a plethora of visions while watching the film. Prakash Jha’s previous films and Anna Hazare’s campaign apart, you’ll be reminded of the ‘Chauri Chaura’ incident which dismissed Gandhi’s popular Non-Cooperation Movement. Somehow the ending seemed very similar to Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Rang De Basanti, just a little less impactful and diluted version of it. A messy hotch potch of too many issues, Satyagraha failed because of an overambitious plot that couldn’t encapsulate the zest of its theme lucidly.

Satyagraha Review: Star Performances

Amitabh Bachchan with a colossal screen presence towers over most of the other characters. He still talks, walks and speaks like a superstar, no wonder he is called the Shehenshah of Bollywood.

Ajay Devgn is adequate in his role, but fails to render the required dramatic punch to it.

Kareena Kapoor is nothing like the veteran Christiane Amanpour, her character was rumored to be essayed on. Hard to decipher her philosophies, the script invests very little time ensuring she has an ample role to present a counter view.

Arjun Rampal settled for an unusually flimsy role and after seeing him as Rudra Pratap Singh in D-Day, I feel Jha could not efficiently bring out the impulsive side that he intended to evoke from him ala Raajneeti.

Amrita Rao is shaky and definitely looks overshadowed by the other brilliant actors on screen.

And lastly, Manoj Bajpai is a bellowing, scheming, sly politician – a role he has mastered after regularly playing it in Jha’s stints. He is near perfect in his portrayal but the wickedness of the character remains unjustified!

Satyagraha Review: Direction, Editing and Music

Prakash Jha furthers his prevalent problem and he still shies away from making a notoriously compelling point. From a confident filmmaker like him, who ventures into risky terrains of bold cinema that are social commentaries, his characters have become stereotypical – an upright man of values, a young counterview of the same (a consumerist in this case)  and a turbulent scheme of things! Still the philosophical dilemma is gripping in parts, mostly in the film’s second half. The impact of the powerful moments are rather ephemeral and a very few scenes manage to touch you. The scene where Dwarkanath breaks down at the spot where his son died is pristinely shot, but sadly Jha gives us these overwhelming tinges in rarity this time. The screenplay is shackled and the editing is shadily done as the film treads at a tedious 150 minutes plus show. The music is mediocre and nothing except ‘Raghupati Raghav’ will give you goosebumps.

Satyagraha Review: The Last Word

Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha is a weightless film that leaves by a transitory impact on its audiences. Wasting the enigma of such talented bunch of actors, the film with its overbearing story and its erratically structured plot lacks the much needed blaze. Emerging as a warped product of political correctness with an unconvincing climax, somehow the entire product had the stench of unbearable staleness. It wasn’t a terrible film, just not the promising Prakash Jha venture you might have wanted to watch. I am settling for a 2.5/5 for this film. You might have to drag yourself to hear the lecturing saga on corruption, but it is bearable only for a one-time shot!

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Satyagraha releases on 30th August, 2013.

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  1. I think, nowadays KOIMOI is related to Khan’s family…………except them other are not either gaining the star nor the good comments……..what’s the hell is going on ……KOIMOI must know that there user belief will be discourage by this…. Tell the truth, be the famous.

  2. Mohar Basu Ko Film Pasand Nahi Aayi,Aur Wo Chahta Hai Ki Aap Is Film Ko Na Dekhkar
    Use Achha Critics Sabit Kare….

  3. I saw that movie and believe me it is outstanding. Cudoos to Prakash jha and his team.
    And superb chemistry between all the stars.
    Ajay Devgn was in the awesome, brilliantly played his role.
    my rating 4 star.

  4. sahi me yaar, lagta hai koimoi ki team khan family ki dalal ban gayi, salo ko khans ke alawa kisi ki movie sahi nahi lagti, all other sources given this movie around 4 star.

  5. its an awesome film ….the critic just gave his best to defame the film..so people go to the theaters and watch the film

  6. Hei, koimoi also give bad review of CE… They give four star to dat crappy movie lotera.. They are against of bollywood

    • Crappy movie like Lootera? It is thought to be one of the best movies of the year by majority. A movie without commercial value s not crap brother

  7. i doubt koimoi receive money every week in order to write against actors other than khans. Pls guys u all can review the comments before given by koimoi that u ll get the answer why koimoi is biased. I am not against khans but i wanna know on which basis KOIMOI gave only 2.5 stars whereas most of the critics have given 3.5 stars and above? I wish koimoi to be fair further

  8. This is not true… Satyagraha is awesome movie and other critics also given 4 stars to the film
    It seems like koimoi is DALAL of khans that they doesn’t want to tell good things about other stars even they are good.
    They rated CE 3.5 star such a waste movie can get 3.5 star then satyagraha may get 10 out of 5…

  9. plz stop criticize movie like this . satyagraha movie is too good but don’t know what happend to koimoi,it gave nly 2.5 star..
    i think koimoi should stop criticizng movie..what was there in ce eventhough koimoi gare 3 star to that movie..
    shame on koimoi..

  10. one of the best movie

    jyada log film dekhe bina comment dete h, sirf apni pasand ya na pasand ki star cast ke hisaab se, pehle film dekho fir comment do

  11. I doubt koimoi receive money every week in order to write against actors other than khans. Pls guys u all can review the comments before given by koimoi that u ll get the answer why koimoi is biased. I am not against khans but I want to know on which basis KOIMOI gave only 2.5 stars whereas most of the critics have given 3.5 stars and above? I wish koimoi to be fair further.

  12. Wat d hell u r mr komal nehta….who made you to do dis job….i saw dis movi nfact watching… By which eye u watch d movi i dnt kno…u Lev dis job nd bcum d critic of d congress party or Shahrukh khan… Its awsome movie dis year came…cant u feeel y d helll u giv des nonsence reviews how honestly all hav dne dere wrk hats off to alll of den… I wil never watch your prog…i request alll dnt try to listen his review… He nly likes d movi like which wil make him fell …….plz sir plz stop dis

  13. Do not trust these Paid media sites and channels, they give ratings for money like congress “Vote for Money”. Trust only IMDB site, we real people rate on this site and can get true reviews about the movies. Movie is based on Anna and Kejriwal, we all know media is against them due to congress and BJP pressure.

  14. hahaha now why people bringing CE into this?
    a review is a personal view from the reviewer..atleast no critic has given 4.5 to CE..we have seen critics giving 4.5 stars to films like ETT and DABANG, so if CE gets 3 stars is not a crime!!!

  15. What is wrong with u ayan, this is not komal nahata’s site… Komal nahata give reviews on zee etc @ 8.30 pm… And don’t talk crap, komal nahata and koimoi also gives bad review for CE..

  16. Seriously – these critics are never satisfied with such kind of movies. Even if it flops, it’s ok because usually people do not like political stuffs onscreen thus opt for an escapade watching entertaining flicks. But critics should point out WHY people SHOULD go and watch movies as Satyagraha, Raajniti, D-Day etc…instead they are lamenting over a kissing scene?? If I remember, they once published a “Loss per region report” for the movie “Rockstar”. Is it journalism or moaning like a child? On other sites, “Raanjhana” crossed 100Cr worldwide total – not even a single mention over here I recon. “Dhoom 3” has got months to be released yet some petty writer is moaning over the poster already. C’mon Koimoi team – just grow up and give quality articles. Thanks for considering.

  17. CE was waste of time and money but our people loved it

    madras cafe n satyagarh was content worth movie which is appreciated by our young generation

    Take my words guys Dhoom 3 will break all records of the lifetime

  18. dont go on rating of any critics.
    saale sbi ko pta nhi kisne kharid liya h..is se jyada achi movie kese bnate h fir..superb movie yr…amit ji done very good job. ajay sir , kareena, amrita, arjun, manoj done superb job..4 star movie h…yah sb critics to saale aise hi bikaau kutto ki tarah bhhokate rhenge.

  19. kitne sharm ki baat hai ki aaj jis film ki desh ko zarurat hai aur is bakwaas page jaise kuch log is film ko badnaam kar rahe hai….
    hats off to india

  20. movie is not so good but charactewise every did justice to thiers roles but story line is not so strong like Rajneeti had ;; no has to tell us about country’s situation infact everymovies are made to do business we have been witnessing this kind of problem since a long long time ;; only talk cant change the fact is every movie that releases we instantly start comparing which i find terrible we should take it as an entertainment part rather than realistic we are not menatally developed ;; in western country people never do comparision because movie is meant to be entertained which western people realise but india it divide us.. we are screwed srk fan, salman fan, aamir fan what ‘s rubbish

  21. Brilliant script,Energizing performances,Perfect time of release.This REVIEW IS STUPID. FAR BETTER THAN movies like CHENNAI EXPRESS,YEH JAWANI HAI DIWANI!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMITABH BACHCHAN and PRAKASH JHA ARE ROCKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. when a director has a track record in political films, there is a sense of deja vu-manoj bajpai replicates his anti-good role as in raajneeeti-so in a sense his role is wasted-jha should have taken the villainous singham character- who would have delivered a more bravura performance========= amitabh is again shown in a goody-goody role as in the previous jha film about job
    reservation! best advice for jha? stay clear of politics-go comedy/love story……. the audiences’ response is simply one of ” a slight overdose of politics”

  23. Awesome movie must watch for every indian…… Amitabh ajay just great performance this is a really nice movie go and witness the truth

  24. if we really want our country developed, we need to stand up for our rights. This film surely gives u energy to step up for ur country. U ll be capable only as if ur country is.

  25. I am from Pakistan. I watch this movie. Its really very nice and meaningful. We should be motivate by this such a fantastic movie. Acting is really superb, specially by Amitabachan.

    Great Movie.

  26. its very very nice movie ,successful movie, it will be big hit of 2013.Amit ji is great person.he create magic.

  27. jha is known for transposing real-life situations onto screen—but failed this time
    overdrawn, overcast-ed, unnecessary romance scenes-arjun wasted——-manoj -an overdose of badman roles-and a snippet from rang de towards teh end……….its only redeeming feature? amitabh, who shoulders the story with aplomb……..ajay is good, too-but then he is a regular feature of jha’s offerings


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