Satyagraha, Arvind Kejriwal and the Delhi elections.

I can’t help but feel vindicated about my unique reading of this very ordinary film.It is indeed Indias first political campaign feel finely calibrated to translate Facebook likes into votes.The Delhi election results are out and I would like to believe that a piddly 20 crore campaign was ably supported by this 15 crore budget film.

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Anna Hazare haazir hoon!Ok, Anna is in the US on a lecture tour, and we will have to make do with Amitabh Bachchan playing him in Prakash Jha’s new film Satyagraha. How Anna lost his mojo is one of the great mysteries of Indian politics but Satyagraha gives him a respectable exit. There is nothing wrong with dramatizing real life events,in fact politics make for riveting cinema, but maybe Prakash Jha thinks we don’t follow the news.

He starts the film with the spiraling cost of electricity and a call not to pay electricity bills which is exactly how Arvind Kejriwal launched his political party, the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP).He brings in a thinly veiled reference to the BJP which poses a moral dilemma to Ajay Devgan (Arvind Kejriwals proxy) since they cannot join hands with communal forces. When making Aarakhshan about job reservations, Mr Jha forgot to show the self…

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