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Even as various Dalit organisations are up in arms against Prakash Jha's Aarakshan for its alleged anti-dalit dialogue, lead actor Saif Ali Khan claimed that the film changed his perception about reservation system in the country. He plays the role of a Dalit leader in the film, which is based on reservations in government jobs and educational institutions.
“Before working on the movie, I had anti-reservation view. I was against reservation in my mind. I felt that things should be done on level of merit. But after having done the movie, I thought there is another insight to it that most people in our country are less privileged," PTI quoted Saif as addressing students at an institute.
Saif thinks that reservation is necessary but is not sure about its extent. “Most people get chance like me but what about those talented and intelligent people in our country who don't get a chance...an opportunity," he said, adding, “It is a unique problem. There should be some reservation I guess at school level but don't know how much per cent. Now, whether reservation should be 50 per cent or how much per cent I don't know."
Aarakshan featuring Saif Ali Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Manoj Bajpayee and Prateik Babbar is set for release on August 12.