12th Fail Review: Vikrant Massey's film soars with flying colours


Film: 12th Fail
Cast: Vikrant Massey, Medha Shankar, Anant Vijay Joshi
Director: Vidhu Vinod Chopra
Rating: 4 Moons

Competitive exams have been ingrained in our system for the longest time. It becomes essential for some to prove their worth by clearing them to secure a good position in the government. These exams come with their pros and cons. While some manage to clear UPSC, NEET, JEE and other exams in just one go, there are thousands who struggle. But does that mean you aren't worth it? Definitely not! Teaching the importance of not losing hope and 'restarting' with the same vigour and enthusiasm, Vidhu Vinod Chopra's inspirational 12th Fail will be releasing in theatres globally on Friday.

12th Fail is headlined by Vikrant Massey, Medha Shankar and Anant Vijay Joshi. The lives of Manoj Kumar Sharma and Shraddha Kumar inspire the film. Manoj (Vikrant) lives in a village with his parents. His father, who walks on the path of honesty, struggles to make ends meet as he is the sole breadwinner of the house. It is essential for Manoj to share the responsibility with his father. With the hope to clear Grade 12, he makes plans for the future. However, he is destined to be an IPS officer.

In his journey from a small village to achieve the degree of an IPS officer, Shraddha (Medha) becomes the wind beneath his wings. Manoj's friend Pandey (Anant Vijay Joshi) might be his competitor, but he also has an important role to play.

12th Fail is an honest, heartwarming and engaging film. Without compromising on the entertainment quotient, director Vidhu Vinod Chopra achieves the goal of telling a hard-hitting and motivational story. The dialogues in 12th Fail are sharp, crisp and relevant. The dose of humour is enough to keep you happy and entertained. That's an important factor as films based on grim subjects do tend to get dark and gloomy.

The first half of 12th Fail focuses on establishing the story and characters. While it might seem slightly dragged, it sets the base for the brilliant second half where the narrative soars and goes beyond what's expected.

Vikrant Massey as Manoj Kumar Sharma is the heart and soul of 12th Fail. Showing his best acting prowess and getting into the skin of the character, the actor shines. He gets the mannerisms right and showcases the transition from a naive village boy to a smart IPS officer effortlessly.

Medha Shankar lends great support to Vikrant and stands out with her earnest performance. As Shraddha, she has her own voice. You might hate Anant Vijay Joshi's Pandey but not the actor. His screen presence is infectious and that's what makes him stand tall in the ensemble cast film.


12th Fail is a must-watch for the honesty shown by every department. It is motivational, inspiration but entertaining at the same time.