Movie Review: Satyagraha

Satyagraha- A Political Thriller! Really? Satyagraha is more of a political melodrama with immature dialogues, songs and situations. “Beti India Gate (Rice Brand) ka packet khola?”, “Hamne to Ultratect Cement use kiya tha!” this kind of over promotion in the movie is intolerable. We know you want to make money Mr Producer! But if you’d have rather focused on script and direction, you would have attracted more audience. If you’re a KBC fan, you will be delighted to hear “Aapka samay shuru hota hai ab!” from Amitabh Bachchan in Satyagraha too. Poor script, predictable plots and poor direction together bring a disappointment. Just to let Amitabh Bachchan (an infamous retired teacher) out of the jail, thousands of people join hands in a campaign started by Ajay Devgn and Arjun Rampal. The reason why all the Satyagraha (protest) begins is indigestible. Performances given by Manoj Bajpai and Amitabh Bachchan is adorable. Kareena Kapoor does justice to her role. Ajay Devgn and Arjun Rampal could have done better. And what to say about Amrita Rao! She has cried in the movie more than a daily soap actress cries in a week. One character (a struggling lady with two children) has acted better than Amrita Rao. Infact, she has better dialogues too! In short, story, plot and script is immature. Direction could have been much much better.

We can conclude from the whole movie that Satyagraha is sponsored by India Gate Rice, Ultratech Cement, Avon Cycles, Rupa Garments, ABP News and SBI. And one note for director, Mr Prakash Jha. If you think with the excessive use of social media, rock music and slogans like Janta Rocks you will attract youth, you are wrong. We need more than that Mr Jha.

Plus Points

Manoj Bajpai’s performance, Amitabh Bachchan’s justice to his role, Raghupati Ragav Raja Ram tune in background are plus points of the movie.

Minus Points

Poor direction and script, Amrita Rao’s over sensitive character, cheap promotion stunts,¬†irrelevant and immature songs, rock version of Raghupati Ragav Raja Ram song are few of the minus points of the movie.


Retired teacher Dwarka Anand (Amitabh Bachchan) is an idealistic man. His engineer son Akhilesh’s buddy Manav (Ajay Devgan) is an ambitious capitalist. Manav cherishes his friend- who suddenly dies. Minister Balram Singh (Manoj Bajpai) announces compensation which Akhilesh’s wife Sumitra (Amrita Rao) cannot get despite daily applications before government babus. Incensed, Dwarka slaps an arrogant official and gets imprisoned. Manav starts a campaign to free him, using social media, roping in wannabe-bahubali Arjun Singh (Arjun Rampal) and journalist Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor). As hopeful students, hungry labourers and angry middle class citizens join, politicians panic.


Satyagraha is a disappointment. Reason of thousands of people joining hands for Satyagraha (protest) is indigestible. Poor script, story, direction with average performances and average music. Not at all recommended from Yes, but if you are a hardcore lover of political thriller and you like to spend a lot on movies, you can watch it once. Overall, we would suggest you to skip this one.