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Katrina Kaif Celebrates the Resounding Success of Vikrant Massey’s ’12th Fail’

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif Celebrates the Victorious Journey of Vikrant Massey’s ’12th Fail’ in the Midst of High-Octane Action Blockbusters

Katrina Kaif has recently expressed her admiration for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film “12th Fail,” lauding its remarkable success despite being perceived as ‘small’ in comparison to the grandeur of the ‘action blockbusters’ that dominated the cinematic landscape in 2023. The movie, based on the life of IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma, features Vikrant Massey in the lead role and has garnered widespread acclaim since its release in October 2023.

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif

In a recent conversation with Film Companion alongside her “Merry Christmas” co-star Vijay Sethupathi, Katrina Kaif touched upon the theme of experimentation in filmmaking. When asked about the current trend of experimentation, she emphasized the importance of fearlessness in making choices. Reflecting on the cinematic landscape of 2023, Katrina cited the success of “12th Fail” as a prime example of a smaller, intimate film that performed exceptionally well amidst the dominance of high-octane action commercial blockbusters.

She noted that the film’s success underscored the fundamental importance of an engaging and interesting story in capturing the audience’s attention. According to Katrina, while producers may focus on calculating the numbers, it is the responsibility of actors and directors to tell stories that resonate authentically with the audience.

“12th Fail,” starring Vikrant Massey and Medha Shankar, recently made its debut on Disney+ Hotstar after a theatrical release. The film, sent to the Oscars in 2024 as an independent nomination, has been showered with acclaim.

Vikrant’s portrayal of Manoj Kumar Sharma, who triumphed over adversity to become an IPS officer, has particularly earned him praise. The narrative revolves around the real-life story of Manoj Kumar Sharma and his wife, Shraddha Joshi, an IRS officer. The film sheds light on the challenges faced by millions of students attempting the UPSC entrance exam and follows Manoj’s journey from a young boy in Chambal to joining the police force through years of perseverance.

Katrina Kaif
Katrina Kaif

Prior to Katrina Kaif, “12th Fail” received accolades from several prominent figures in the industry, including filmmaker Rohit Shetty, veteran actor Kamal Haasan, actor-filmmaker Rishabh Shetty, actor Sanjay Dutt, actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar, and actor Anil Kapoor, among others.

In a video shared by the makers of “12th Fail,” Kamal Haasan expressed his admiration for the film, stating, “I am very happy that I saw the film, and most of them who saw the film, I spoke to have only one thing to say: ‘It’s been a long time since we saw a good film like this,’ and I second that motion. Thank you, Vinod Chopra, for making a film like this; it brings back hope in filmmakers like me to confidently go ahead and do what you love the most.”

The resounding praise from both industry insiders and the audience alike signifies the impact of “12th Fail” as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling, transcending the conventional boundaries of film size and genre. As the film continues to resonate with viewers, it serves as a compelling reminder of the potential for cinematic excellence in narratives that authentically capture the human experience.

“12th Fail” has not only captured the attention of industry stalwarts like Katrina Kaif but has also carved its niche as an independent nomination for the Oscars in 2024. The film’s exploration of Manoj Kumar Sharma’s journey from a humble background in Chambal to becoming an IPS officer strikes a chord with audiences, resonating with the struggles faced by countless students attempting the challenging UPSC entrance exam.

The film’s success is a testament to the compelling storytelling prowess of Vidhu Vinod Chopra and the stellar performances of the cast, especially Vikrant Massey. The accolades poured in from various quarters, with veteran actor Kamal Haasan expressing his gratitude to Vinod Chopra for creating a film that rekindles hope in filmmakers to pursue their passion fearlessly.

“12th Fail” transcends the conventional definitions of success, proving that the size of a film doesn’t necessarily dictate its impact. In a cinematic landscape dominated by high-octane action blockbusters, this small yet potent film has not only held its ground but has also become a beacon of inspiration for those seeking authentic narratives.

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