Aarakshan (2011)

12 August 2011 | 164 minutes | Social

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When it comes to education, do reservations based on caste system level the playing field or just widen the societal gap?



Deepak Kumar (Saif Ali Khan) is a bright young professor who has constantly been put down due to his lower caste heritage. His mentor, Dr. Prabhakar Anand (Amitabh Bachchan) is the principal of STM College and runs it efficiently without any favouritism. A politician wishes to admit his dim nephew into STM College. But Dr. Anand blatantly refuses this request in accordance to the boy’s merit. Following this, Mithilesh Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) is admitted to the College Board by the politician to secure the admission. Apart from easing admissions for political people, Singh has another purpose on his agenda. He wishes to promote his chain of coaching classes and secure the monopoly in the area. A reservation system for OBC students is passed by the Supreme Court. Deepak and several other students of STM are overjoyed but Dr. Anand doesn’t support this decision. Deepak and Dr. Anand part ways due to this difference in opinions. Following a press debacle, Dr. Anand is fired as the Principal of STM College and Mithilesh Singh replaces him. Dr. Anand returns to teaching in a tabela with a few unprivileged students. Deepak returns and joins this movement too. The situation improves when one of the girls from his tuitions secures first place in the board exams. Word of mouth leads to Dr. Anand’s coaching class increasing in number and prestige. He soon starts siphoning off the business from Mithilesh Singh’s coaching classes. Singh retaliates by ordering the cowshed to be demolished. On the brink of being destroyed, the cowshed is saved by a stay order from the chief minister who was intimated by Shakuntala Tai, the founder of STM Institutions. Dr. Anand is reinstated as principal of the college as well as the newly established coaching classes.

Company Credits

Studio: ASA Productions
Distributed By: Reliance Entertainment

Box Office

Net: Rs 40.04 Crores

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