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Approved Running time 164m 29s

BBFCInsight Contains moderate violence and mild language

Genre(s) Drama, Romance

Director(s) Prakash Jha

Cast includes Vinay Apte, Amitabh Bachchan, Manoj Bagpal, Darshan Jariwala, Amita Kanwar, Saif Ali Khan

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 10/08/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

AARAKSHAN is a subtitled Hindi language drama about secondary and tertiary education in India. Principal Prabhakar Anand, an inspirational maths teacher at the STM College in Bhopal for over 35 years, has won renown for providing his students with an excellent education, regardless of their background, caste, or family wealth. However, he is undermined by his unscrupulous Vice Principal, a man who has a commercial interest in a company offering private tuition to the children of the affluent. The film was classified 'PG' for moderate violence and mild language.

The BBFC's Guidelines at 'PG' state 'Moderate violence, without detail, may be allowed, if justified by its context (for example, history, comedy or fantasy)'. There is a single scene of violence in which a man attacks two young brothers who have betrayed his teacher and mentor, Prabhakar. He pushes two security guards aside before delivering a masked punch to one brother's jaw and then repeatedly bashing the other brother's head down onto a table or desk. After this, the man strikes the two security guards who attempt to intervene. Finally, he smashes a window with a chair, before police arrive on the scene and arrest him. There is no blood or injury detail. The film also includes some subtitled mild language, including the terms 'bloody' and 'shit'. The Guidelines at 'PG' state there may be 'Mild bad language only'.

AARAKSHAN includes two undetailed and incidental references to suicide.

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