New Delhi: Vikrant Massey is earning praises from all corners for his performance in the critically acclaimed film ’12th Fail.’ The latest to join the list of admirers is business tycoon Anand Mahindra, who said that the actor deserves to win the National Awards. The billionaire and chairman of the Mahindra Group praised Vikrant for his moving performance and hailed director Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 12th Fail a terrific watch.
In the movie, Vikrant portrays Manoj Kumar Sharma, an Indian Police Service officer who overcame abject poverty. Both the film and his performance have received high appreciation from critics, including Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt, two of his colleagues in the industry.
Anand Mahindra took to the social media platform X and wrote a lengthy appreciation post for Vikrant Massey’s ’12th Fail.’ The much acclaimed film is directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra.
The business tycoon wrote, “Finally saw ‘12th FAIL’ over this past weekend. If you see only ONE film this year, make it this one. Why? 1) Plot: This story is based on real-life heroes of the country. Not just the protagonist, but the millions of youth, hungry for success, who struggle against extrordinary odds to pass what is arguably one of the most competitive exams in the world.
2) Acting: @VidhuChopraa does a brilliant job of the casting. Each character is credible in the role & they turn in gritty, passionate performances. But @VikrantMassey delivers a bravura performance that merits a National Film Award. He was not just acting out the character’s life, he was living it.
3) Narrative style: Vidhu Chopra emphatically reminds us that great cinema is about great stories. Period. And that special effects are no match for the simplicity & authenticity of a story well told. The highlight for me was the interview scene. Yes, it may seem a bit contrived, but the profound dialogue makes this sequence hit you squarely between the eyes and shows you what India must do to build a new Bharat. Mr Chopra, yeh dil maange more films like this!”
Finally saw ‘12th FAIL’ over this past weekend.
If you see only ONE film this year, make it this one.
1) Plot: This story is based on real-life heroes of the country. Not just the protagonist, but the millions of youth, hungry for success, who struggle against extrordinary… pic.twitter.com/vk5DVx7sOx
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) January 17, 2024
Expressing his gratitude for Anand Mahindra’s remarks, Vikrant Massey wrote, “Your appreciation for the team’s efforts and “recommendation for the film means the world to me.” He added, “And I’m sure each & every member of our team shares the same excitement. You’ve been an inspiration to millions through your commitment in excellence & compassion. Guess we did something right. Thank you again 🙏🏽🧡”.
Vikrant Massey starrer ’12th Fail’, that did a decent box-office business, is now streaming on Disney+Hotstar. The film has also bagged nominations in all major categories at the Filmfare Awards 2024.