Aakrosh (2010 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Kumar Mangat Pathak|
|Written by||Aditya Dhar
|Based on||Mississippi Burning by Chris Gerolmo|
|Editing by||Arun Kumar|
|Distributed by||Big Screen Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
Zee Motion Pictures
|Budget||400 million (US$6.7 million)|
|Box office||182.5 million (US$3.0 million)|
Aakrosh is a Bollywood action-thriller film directed by Priyadarshan released on 15 October 2010. The movie deals with honor killings based upon real incidents that happened in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The film has Ajay Devgan, Akshaye Khanna, Bipasha Basu, Paresh Rawal and Reema Sen in the lead roles. The film was produced by Kumar Mangat Pathak under the banner of Big Screen Entertainer. The soundtrack of the film has been composed by Pritam and the lyricist is Irshad Kamil. The film features cinematography by Thiru, the production design by Sabu Cyril and the editing by Arun Kumar. Tyag Rajan and R.P Yadav arranged and choreographed the action sequences of the film.
Three friends from Delhi go missing in a small village – Jhanjhar. It's two 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 Central Bureau of Investigation 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 Superintendent of police Ajatshatru Singh IPS (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 the village head and also very wealthy, and Geeta (Bipasha Basu), who's Ajatshatru's wife and Pratap's former love, that the investigation moves ahead.
The suspense behind the missing three friends is revealed by Geeta who witnessed the killing of these boys by a local politician helped by her husband.
This investigation is filled with many traps and thrills by Ajatshatru and his colleagues. They try to destroy the name of CBI in number of ways. Things gets worse when Ajatshatru comes to know about her wife Geeta helping CBI. He then beats Geeta brutally with his belt behind closed doors and leaves her hospitalised. Pratap, filled with anger, traps each of the criminals by hacking their respective phone's databases and capturing their illicit activities on CCTV cameras. When it is Ajatshatru's turn, Pratap cuts him with a sharp razor and beats him brutally and mercilessly in a salon behind closed doors. The duo also manage to get one of the criminals to believe that the rest of the gang are behind him thinking he is rat, and that he had better become a government witness for their case. The criminal who intimidated was the one who actually was only guilty, in this case, only of disposing of and burying the bodies. After the trial we see him hiding behind a pillar and still being threatened by the guilty miscreants on their way to prison. The heaviest sentence received was 10 years and the lightest was 3. Obviously justice is still blind because there was no sentence passed for the 300 villagers burned alive,the cruel beating of the wife,or the kidnap,abuse,and cutting of the tongue of Jhamunia
In the end all the criminals are sentenced to imprisonment.But the story does not end there. As everyone is leaving the court, Siddhant slips a revolver into village woman Jhamunia's (Reema Sen) hands, with which she manages to kill all the newly sentenced criminals .
The film ends with Siddhant and Pratap bidding goodbye at the railway station, and Geeta running behind Pratap as he boards the train to leave, with Siddhant watching on.
Aakrosh mostly garnered positive reviews from all the top critics of India, Nikhat Kazmi of Times of India rated it with 3.5/5 stating, "The film works primarily because it is paced like a high momentum thriller" and praised the fight and chase scenes. Ayush Agrawal of FilmiTadka gave it 3.5 out of five and wrote in his review, "I give it 3.5 out 5 stars, for the phenomenal performances of Akshaye Khanna and Ajay Devgan, and also the strong and awakening script. You are missing something if you haven’t watched the movie".
|Soundtrack album by Pritam|
|Released||19 September 2010|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Isak Se Meetha"||Kalpana Patowary, Ajay Jhingran||5:21|
|2.||"Saude Bazi"||Javed Ali||5:56|
|3.||"Man Ki Matt"||Rahat Fateh Ali Khan||4:15|
|4.||"Isak Se Meetha – (Dhol Remix)"||Kalpana Patowary, Ajay Jhingran||5:19|
|5.||"Sasural Muniya"||Shreya Ghoshal||5:09|
|7.||"Isak Se Meetha – Remix"||Kalpana Patowary, Ajay Jhingran||5:54|
|8.||"Saude Bazi"||Anupam Amod||5:54|
Awards and nominations
- Best Actor in a Negative Role – Paresh Rawal
- 'Ramayana', 'Aakrosh' 'Knock(ed) Out' at box office
- Box Office 2010
- Kazmi, Nikhat. "Aakrosh Review". Times of India.
- Agrawal, Ayush. "Aakrosh Movie Review". FilmiTadka.
- Aakrosh (2010)-IBOS
- Aakrosh, Knock Out fail at box office
- Aakrosh Poor Opening Crook Poor Week On
- "Nominations for Zee Cine Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2011-01-07.