By SK Panicker
Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s latest venture, “12th Fail,” is a poignant depiction of Manoj Kumar Sharma’s inspiring journey from Chambal, portrayed brilliantly by Vikrant Massey. The film encapsulates the trials and tribulations of an underdog, determined to crack the challenging UPSC exam, resonating with raw emotions of struggle and triumph.
Chopra masterfully crafts an emotional rollercoaster, showcasing pain, victory, and resilience in the face of adversity. Massey’s portrayal of Manoj, a 12th dropout navigating life’s hardships, is a career-best performance that captures the character’s essence flawlessly.
“12th Fail” boldly confronts flaws in the education system, exposing the stark reality where schools promote cheating to secure a future. Chopra intertwines the narrative with impactful subplots, such as the corrupt education system and the relentless pursuit of success amidst chaos.
At 147 minutes, the film maintains an engaging pace, never losing its grip on tension and momentum. The dialogues, though simple, pack a profound punch, echoing the vulnerabilities and aspirations of those who fail but rise again.
12th Fail, but captures your hearts all the way
Chopra’s direction maintains the film’s authenticity, portraying the struggles of UPSC aspirants while touching upon the larger issues within the education system. The movie’s honesty and sincerity in portraying determination and conviction make it a compelling watch.
“12th Fail” not only delves into the challenges faced by UPSC students but also sheds light on the broader education system, reminiscent of Chopra’s earlier success with ‘3 Idiots.’ This captivating narrative is a must-watch, resonating with heartfelt emotions and an inspiring tale of determination.
12th Fail is streaming on OTT platform Zee