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Review of Anna: Kisan Baburao Hazare: inspiration to many

Director: Shashank Udapurkar

Cast: Shashank Udapurkar, Tanishaa Mukerji, Govind Namdeo, Rajit Kapur etc.

Rating:

Story:

Anna: Kisan Baburao Hazare is a biographical movie based on the life of Indian social activist Anna Hazare whose participation in the India Against Corruption movement in 2011 paved the way for the passage of the Jan Lokpal Bill. The film shows how Anna went from being a soldier to farmer to a social revolutionary and protested against rampant corruption in the country.

Performances:

As Shashank Udapurkar is depicting the whole life story of Anna Hazare, it looks like he has been very precise about so many things. As the aged Anna, his body language, dialogue delivery and everything else is apt and to the point. But where he loses is during the military sequences. From the costume to the body language, nothing seems to suit him. At that point, we wish someone else could have done better justice to this role. How he himself converted to social service after reading the books by Swami Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi is relatable to many in India and overseas. Tanishaa Mukerji as a Journalist seems just ok as she tends to over react for almost all her close ups. She has a small role and her character doesn’t contribute much to the story. Kishore Kadam as the helpful village elder and Govind Namdeo as the exploitative moneylender have done full justice to their roles. Looks like all the other characters in this movie also have worked equally hard.
Music and Dialogues:

Music is too loud from the very beginning and the songs are also poor that have no repeat value.

Direction:

Shashank Udapurkar is the writer and director of this movie. He has cleverly used Anna’s famous fast to frame his journey from an Army man into a powerful one-man army against social evils. It explores the movements and struggles led by him to fight corruption and eradicate anti-socialism from the society in India. Though the film shows Anna’s journey, we wonder why Arvind Kejriwal or any one else from the India Against Corruption movement do not feature anywhere in the film. Nevertheless, the realistic approach and portrayal of Anna’s life is not an easy task. Kudos to Shashank for that

Cinespeaks Verdict:

Good one-time watch to learn about the journey of Kisan Baburao Hazare akka Anna who led  to promote rural development, increase government transparency, and investigate and punish corruption in public life. A source of inspiration to all Indians, especially political leaders. We give a rating of 3 stars.

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