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12th Fail Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Friday, November 3, 2023 • తెలుగు ]
12th Fail Review
Vikrant Massey, Harish Khanna, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sanjay Bishnoi, Sukumar Tudu, Medha Shankr
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Shantanu Moitra

12th Fail Movie Review

'12th Fail' is a Bollywood cinematic masterpiece inspired by the compelling real-life experiences of IAS and IRS officers. Directed by the acclaimed Vidhu Vinod Chopra, this film, which garnered a favorable response upon its Hindi release last week, is now set to captivate Telugu audiences.


Manoj Kumar Sharma (Vikrant Massey), along with his brother and sister, was raised in a small, honest, Chambal village in Madhya Pradesh by their father, brilliantly portrayed by Harish Khanna. The story unfolds with Manoj drawing inspiration from DSP Dushyanth Singh (Priyanshu Chatterjee) and aspiring to follow in his footsteps, even though he initially remained unaware of the UPSC exams. The film takes us on a journey to discover whether he can realize his dream and how pivotal roles are played by Pritam Pandey (Anant V Joshi) and Shraddha Joshi (Medha Shankar) in the rest of this compelling narrative.

12th Fail Movie Review


Vidhu Vinod Chopra's choice to narrate the tale of an underdog, based on real-life incidents, deserves credit for avoiding the typical routes of either turning it into a biopic or a docudrama.

He skillfully weaves the story into an entertaining yet realistic narrative, ensuring viewers remain engaged without succumbing to routine or mundane elements. The first half poignantly depicts the protagonist's struggles, emphasizing his journey in realizing his dreams and devising strategies to overcome obstacles.

The film adeptly clarifies the distinction between prelims and mains in the civil service examinations, presenting it in a simple and effective manner. The dialogues strike a balance between natural, jovial, and entertaining, while also addressing crucial issues like corruption and discrimination with a hard-hitting approach.

12th Fail Movie Review

The storyline is both relatable and well-executed, with commendable screenplay and direction by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, steering clear of commercial clichés. The climax brings a satisfying conclusion to this authentic narrative.

Rangarajan Ramabadran's cinematography skillfully renders visuals in a realistic and natural style, making the most of his experience. He captures the essence of locations in Delhi, Manali, and Chambal with a rustic charm. Shantanu Moitra's background music seamlessly complements the storyline, and the songs are contextually fitting. The editing is precise and effective.

Vikrant Massey's portrayal is nothing short of remarkable; he effortlessly embodies the character, delivering a convincing and emotionally resonant performance that deeply connects with moviegoers. His expressions and emotions adapt flawlessly to the evolving situations.

12th Fail Movie Review

Supporting actors, including Anantvijay Joshi, Anshumaan Pushkar, and Priyanshu Chatterjee, excel in their roles, elevating the scenes to a higher level, while the rest of the ensemble cast delivers lively performances throughout the film.


"12th Fail," directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, provides a poignant and realistic portrayal of the challenges and pressures confronted by UPSC aspirants, particularly those hailing from disadvantaged backgrounds. The film serves as an inspiration to countless IAS aspirants, urging them to maintain unwavering focus on their goals despite the relentless pressures they face.

Chopra adeptly extracts stellar performances from the entire cast and crew, and, coupled with a compelling script, well-crafted screenplay, and expert direction, weaves a spellbinding cinematic experience.

Rating: 3 / 5.0

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