All about Prakash Jha's ‘Satyagraha’

Satyagraha’ is a political thriller movie directed by ace film maker Prakash Jha. The movie is co-produced by Prakash Jha, Ronnie Screwvala and Siddharth Roy Kapur. The movie features Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Rampal, Ajay Devgn, Manoj Bajpai and Kapreena Kapoor in the lead roles. Amrita Rao also acts in this movie. The movie has a production budget of Rs. 50 crores. It will hit theaters on 30th of August.

‘Satyagraha’ is about the uprising of the middle class against the corrupt and unjust system. The corrupt system has almost engulfed the common man and his rights. The common men hence join hands to fight against the system. The film shows Ajay Devgn as an ambitious professional who is destined to climb the corporate ladder. But a tragedy exposes him to the widespread corruption. He finds out roots of corruption everywhere. Finally he takes help from Amitabh Bachchan who is an idealistic man. He guides him to launch his ‘satyagraha’. Manoj Bajpai plays a shrewd and corrupt politician. Katrina plays the role of a journalist. She is also the love interest of Ajay Devgn.

Manoj Bajpai has shades of grey and humor. He liked the combination of both the shades and so decided to play the role. He says, “It's a unique combination, but it was a tough combination to crack. It was quite a lot of hard work as well as a lot fun on the set.” He also added, “When you get something challenging, you just go ahead and pick up the challenge. The two elements of hatred and laughter compelled me to do the film.”

‘Satyagraha’ is said to be inspired by life of social activist Anna Hazare and Satyendra Dubey. Satyendra Dubey was the director of a project at the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). He was shot dead while exposing corruption in the construction of Golden Quadrilateral project.

The music of the movie is given by composer duo Salim-Sulaiman, Indian Ocean, Meet Bros and Aadesh Shrivastava. The lyrics are written by Prasoon Joshi. The album consists of seven tracks. The tracks capture the mood of the film perfectly.

The movie went for heavy promotions. Recently Prakash Jha, along with Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor has released a book on ‘Satyagraha- The story behind revolution’. The book tells the story of the making of the movie. A major part of the shooting has taken place at a historical monument in Bhopal.