Film: Aakrosh
Cast: Ajay Devgn, Akshay Khanna, Paresh Rawal, Bipasha Basu
Director: Priyadarshan
Rating: Good

Shauli Chakraborty
The first thing that strikes you after credits start rolling is that the film has potential. It is a remarkable feat considering the kind of yawnathons that have been hitting the big screen lately.
Issues such as honour killing, caste divide, corruption and domestic violence have been raised in Hindi cinema before. But what makes Aakrosh stand out is its effortless inclusion of social message into intricacies of the plot.
Set in the non-descript village of Jhanjar, the plot revolves around two CBI officers who come to the village from Delhi to investigate an honour killing. Villagers turn hostile as they are living in constant fear of the Shool Sena — a group of corrupt politicians, police officers and money launderers. The rest of the film is about the kind of atrocities meted out by the upper caste on the lower caste people.
Ajay Devgn, like always, makes the movie his own. One of the most underrated actors in Bollywood, the man should have made it to Hollywood long before Anil Kapoor. History will remember him as an actor who came up with something new in every movie. He is awesome and also inspires the best in his co-stars. Akshay Khanna too does justice to his role of a cop who has complete faith in the judicial system but is disillusioned later.
Paresh Rawal surpasses himself in Aakrosh. His portrayal of a corrupt police officer with a soft corner for cricket and women makes him real. He does it with elan and does it so well that you almost forget you are watching the character and not the actor. Bipasha Basu has a crucial role to play and comes up with a restrained performance. Her no-make up look does wonders to her eyes which are known to emote better than her face. However, as a village belle, she should have had more curves and a different attitude. Bipasha’s sculpted body does not go with her character. Rima Sen deserves special mention. The girl sure has come a long way from her Hum Ho Gaye Aapke days. Surprisingly, we catch a glimpse of the actor in her. 
Apart from the actors who have put in memorable performances, it is the editing that takes the cake.
After Khatta Meeta bombed at the box office, Priyadarshan has made a lovely comeback with this one.
Most of the film is shot outdoors and the action sequences are hard hitting and realistic. The scene where Ajay chases a local goon or when the goon is run over by a car to prevent him from spilling the beans are wonderfully shot. It is a realistic portrayal of socio-political divides in rural India and definitely worth your money.

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