First Look: Satyagraha-Democracy Under Fire

I’ve said before, that social activist films aren’t my draw, but I do like films that make you want to rise up and be apart of change. And if a story is told well, minus preachy moments, it has the ability to open your eyes and tune your ears to the realities of the peoples that inhabit this planet, whether across the street or the globe.

I also apparently have a soft spot for Prakash Jha topics of interest, for yet again I’m ready to view another of his politically charged films. I’m not sure if it’s the fervor of the topic, the cast or just the overall aura of the film, but at this point, I’m not sure I really care.

Prakash Jha’s Satyagraha- Democracy Under Fire [translated: insistence or pursuit of truth], dropped it’s teaser a month ago and now two month’s shy of release, it’s getting tons of buzz. Jha is known for his civics minded commentary and here, he brings another real-life topic to the forefront.

For Indian Express, the filmmaker described Satyagarha as “an expression of youth’s discontentment despite their expectations of a clean system, good politics and better life, the system is unable to fulfill their aspirations. The film attempts to highlight these shortcomings.”

The film brings together several of my favorites like Amitabh Bachchan (Sholay, Rann), Ajay Devgn (Singham, Raajneeti) , Amrita Rao (Ishq Vishq, Vivah), Arjun Rampal (Don, Chakravyuh) and Kareena Kapoor (Refugee, Bodyguard[all pictured above].  Jha always has a tendency to reeling in actors I want to see and this cast is golden. For each has substantial range and equaling captivating onscreen. There are also some familiar Jha faces like Devgn and Rampal where this venture makes his third appearance in his recent works.

Check out the sneak peek and a lengthy behind the scenes video of the Satyagarha cast and crew.


Satyagraha- Democracy Under Fire begins August 15.

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