Aarakshan (2011)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 35 mins

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'Aarakshan' is inspirational and thought-provoking story of Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan), the legendary idealistic principal of a college that he has single-handedly turned into the state’s best. It is the story of his loyal disciple, Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan) who will do anything for his teacher. The movie tells the tale of Deepak’s love for Prabhakar’s daughter, Poorbi (Deepika Padukone), of his friendship with Sushant (Prateik). It is the story of their love, their lively friendship, their zest for life, and of their dreams for the future. Centered on one of the most controversial issues of recent years, with the Supreme Court’s order on reservations, the story suddenly becomes a roller-coaster ride of high drama, conflict, and rebellion, which tests their love and friendship for one another, and their loyalty to Prabhakar Anand.
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Did you know? The reason why Amitabh Bachchan's office had a picture of Krishna Raja was there to show his ideology was as strong as Krishna Raja. Read More
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as Poorvi
as Deepak Kumar
as Muniya S. Yadav
as Prabhakar Anand
as Pandit ji
as Mrs. Kantaprasad
Supporting Actor
as Anirudh Chaudhary
as Prof. Barkis
as Advocate Abhishek
as Shakuntala
as Mithilesh Singh
as Police Inspector
as Sushant Seth
as Damodar
as Retired Professor
as Mantri Baburao
Supporting Actress
as Kavita P. Anand
as Neta Bhishamber
as Shambhu Yadav


First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


Line Producer
Production Manager
Production Assistant


Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
Assistant Cameraman


Sound Mixer


Art Director


Casting Director



Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer


Marketing and Public Relations

Publicity Still Photographer

Post Production


Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Coordinator
Visual Effects Artist
Digital Compositor
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Throughout the movie Deepak Kumar and Mithilesh Singh are shown carrying BlackBerry 9800 Torch mobile phones. The movie is set in 2008 whereas the phone was launched in 2010.
The music score was done by Hollywood technicians in New York.

The movie landed in controversy before it released, the Dalilts (a lower Hindu caste) had found some of the dialog offensive and had protested to either remove these dialogs or they would stop the film from releasing. Prakash Jha took his stand and defended that the film has no intention to offend any caste, and subsequently got the film released with some changes to the script.

Most of the film's shooting took place in Minal Residency, Oriental College, Upper Lake in Bhopal, and was completed within a span of three months.

Bachchan and Saif Ali Khan learnt teaching skills in mathematics from Bihar's Super 30 founder Anand Kumar, in order to portray their roles precisely.

Saif Ali Khan, found it very hard to juggle between two films at once because he had to learn Sanskrit for his role in the film.

The core subject of this movie, of caste based reservations in Indian government jobs and educational institutions, is an extremely sensitive and controversial socio-political topic in India.

Whilst shooting in the heat, the cast/crew member used to bring an umbrella over Amitabh Bachchan. He would move away from the shade of the umbrella, and when he was asked why he didn't want to come under the shade from the blistering heat, Bachchan replied he didn't want to get used to such things whilst working.

The reason why Amitabh Bachchan's office had a picture of Krishna Raja was there to show his ideology was as strong as Krishna Raja.

The whole movie was wrapped up within 3 months in one long schedule in Bhopal, the shoot was complete before the expected date.

Prakash Jha had the script in mind 7 years prior to starting the film.

Saif Ali Khan found his lines challenging as he isn't very fluent speaking pure Hindi, and hasn't done any roles in the past that have had to mouth such dialogs.

Chhannulal Mishra normally refuses the regular film songs, but he realized this was a very special track and he agreed to sing for the movie.

The finest teachers were hired to train the lead cast how to make their characters believable.