Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut is among those showering praise on actor Vikrant Massey for his hard-hitting performance in '12th Fail'.
Taking to Instagram, Kangana shared a poster of '12th Fail' on his stories which she captioned: “What a terrific film. Coming from Hindi medium myself belonging to a rural village and being a general caste student for entry tests without reservations in my school years, I was weeping throughout the film, ufff never cried so much in a flight, my co-passengers were stealing concerned glances at me, I am embarrassed.”
In another story, she wrote: "Vidhu sir has won my heart all over again, Vikrant Massey is beyond amazing!! In his coming years he might just fill the void Irfan Khan saab left behind... salutations to your talent dear one."
Helmed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, '12th Fail' revolves around UPSC aspirants and is based on real-life experiences. It draws from the gritty struggles of millions of students who attempt the UPSC entrance exam.
On working in the film, Vikrant had told ANI: "The movie is very typical Vidhu Vinod Chopra movie which is based on hard reality and is a very hard-hitting film. The role was very challenging. I had to lose weight and darken my skin."
Based on a real story, the film draws from the gritty struggles of millions of students who attempt the UPSC entrance exam. But at the same time, it goes beyond that one exam and encourages people to not lose heart in the face of failures, and to keep fighting. It has received appreciation from many others in the film industry, including Kamal Haasan, Rishabh Shetty, Sanjay Dutt, Farhan Akhtar, and Anil Kapoor, among others. The song Bolo Na, featuring Massey and Medha Shankar and sung by Shaan and Shreya Ghoshal with lyrics by Swanand Kirkire and music composed by Shantantu Moitra, has also made waves.
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'12th Fail' clashed with Ranaut's 'Tejas' when it hit the theatres at the end of last year. It is now available on streaming platforms.
While Kangana will next be seen in 'Emergency', which also marks her first solo-directorial film, Vikrant will be seen in the second instalment of ‘Haseen Dilruba’, titled 'Phir Aayi Haseen Dilruba'.