Even as Aarakshan is under fire with some Dalit organisations objecting a certain line in the film that is against reservation system in the country, Amitabh Bachchan says that the film is similar to his television show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). He says that both the film and the television show give the lesser privileged the chance to prosper.
“In many ways the philosophy of the film and that of KBC is quite similar.. Given opportunity, even the lesser privileged shall prosper. Or at least have the capacity to prosper. The previous season showed to us that contestants from small town India, came up in large numbers and did what most metro town inhabitants could not achieve. The power of opportunity, the power of determination if the resources materialize, and the ultimate joy of disproving most others is really the triumph of the common man," he wrote on his blog.
“Who would have ever thought that a Muslim lady from a small town, conservative in its outlook, would one day sit on the hot seat and crack the jackpot of a crore of rupees ! But she did, as did many others from humble beginnings. And that really is the marvel. Those without means and facilities, those who have never had opportunity to even think of education, for them to suddenly find themselves in the higher echelons of society, speaks volumes for the democratic nature of our constitution and the adherence thereof. The film Aarakshan provides many sides of this issue and many other. And so when we have movie integration with KBC, this point stands out in great favor for the film," he added.
Aarakshan deals with reservations in the Indian education system. It features Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles.