'Aakrosh' sidesteps the original sin for action
Thirty years after Govind Nihalani shook up the cinematic world with his chronicle of violence called 'Aakrosh' where a poor man kills his sister to save her from upper caste molestation, Bollywood has once again re-used the title to depict the burning issue of honor killings in some states of northern India.
The only problem with Priyadarshan's presentation of this social evil perpetrated by demented minds is that his script ends up chasing the sidelights and seldom focuses on the core issue. Maybe, the director, known for his funny bone, just didn't have the guts or the gumption to face up to stark reality... let alone showcase it.
A pity, because the storyline of a "forbidden" love story between a dalit and an upper caste girl and the shenanigans of the caste ridden local leaders has enough masala to be turned into a gripping tale highlighting a social malaise that every Indian will find tough to explain to an outsider.