The Dasvi effect: Agra Central jail sees inmates pass with flying colors!

Abhishek Bachchan in Dasvi. Photo: Universal Communications 

Does art imitate life, or does life imitate art? Abhishek Bachchan’s Dasvi has received applause, with many praising the inspiring story of a corrupt politician who falls in love with education while in jail and finally aces the 10th grade (or Standard X, as known in India).

The story doesn’t end there, though! Looks like this motivational tale left a lasting impact on some special fans. The Tushar Jalota-directorial was shot on location at Agra Central jail, with the film also being screened for the inmates at the premises. Some inmates took the movie’s message to heart, as they too decided to buck up and embrace the magic of education. No good deed goes unpunished, as 12 of them have now passed the boards with flying colors. While nine of the prisoners passed the 10th grade exam, three passed the intermediate 12th grade (Std. XII) test.

Commending their wonderful achievement, lead actor Abhishek Bachchan says, “It feels wonderful when you see the positive effect a film you’ve been a part of make in real life. Credit has to go to the students and to my director, Tushar, his belief in the film and the story he wanted to tell. This news is bigger than any award or accolade we as a team could have received.”

Talking about the impact of the film, producer Dinesh Vijan adds, “Films can make a difference. I have always believed in backing good content that can be made into mainstream films. Dasvi was another opportunity for me to do just that. And I’m really happy and proud that it has managed to touch people’s lives and impacted them in a positive way.”

Sharing his elation, director Tushar Jalota stated, “I’m really happy to hear such heartwarming news. With Dasvi, we always wanted to make a mainstream, entertaining film where we spoke about the importance of education. But the most important thing was that we all had very honest intentions while making it. When words are said from the heart, they will enter another heart. The fact that we could manage to inspire and impact so many lives for the good has truly made it a very fulfilling experience.”

With recent news revealing that not just Agra, but 163 inmates across Uttar Pradesh have cleared the board exams, the film has done much more than just entertain audiences. Produced by Jio Studios and Maddock Films, the film is doing wonders even months after its release.

The film had got a 3 star (***) Rating when reviewed on in April. it is a welcome feat that the inspiration to the inmates came while the movie was being filmed and not on or after the release.

Among the recent movies that have made a difference in real life are Lge Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, Taare Zameen Par, A Wednesday!, English Vinglish, Chak De! India, Rang De Basanti and others.



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