Hints Of A Mutiny Round The Corner
By Joginder Tuteja, MovieTalkies.com, 29 August 2013 09:36 AM IST
Satyagraha couldn't have been more topical. The film comes at the time when there is widespread resentment of system failing in the country. Though panic button has not yet been pressed, it is widely perceived that if reforms aren't made sooner or later, there could well be a mutiny like situation, as is the currently prevalent in certain parts of the world.
Satyagraha demonstrates the possibility of that happening in the country, what with a bloody revolution threatening to take on the authorities if peaceful measures and talks do not fetch the desired results. In the process, it also makes a pertinent point that if silence is taken as submission, is bloodbath the way to make one heard loud and clear?
Let it be said at the very onset that the film does bear a stark resemblance to the series of incidents that had created a mini revolution of sorts in the country two years back. Though there are no direct references to the personalities who were the torch bearers of this movement, it is impossible to ignore the headlines that had made a mark in real life back then.
A veteran Gandhian (Amitabh Bachchan) going on an indefinite hunger strike, demanding Government to pass junta's orders (including an ordinance), a corporate bigwig (Ajay Devgn) standing next to him and applying non-violent means with focus on talks, a hot blooded youngster (Arjun Rampal) losing his patience with passive action stance, a top journalist (Kareena Kapoor) walking a sword's edge to choose between her beliefs and professional demands and a conniving politician (Manoj Bajpayee) who doesn't raise a finger but ensures that he gets everything with just a smile - it is a good mix of fact and fiction.