12th Fail is an Indian Hindi-language biographical drama film. The film is directed and written by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Produced under the banner of Vinod Chopra Films. Vikrant Massey, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Anant V Joshi, Anshumaan Pushkar and Medha Shankar are among the film’s cast members. The movie has been released in Hindi, Kannada and Tamil language in theatre on 27 October 2023.

Release Date27 October 2023
LanguageHindi, Kannada and Tamil
CastVikrant Massey, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Anant V Joshi, Anshumaan Pushkar, Medha Shankar, Perry Chhabra, Sarita Joshi and Harish Khanna
DirectorVidhu Vinod Chopra
WriterVidhu Vinod Chopra
ProducerVidhu Vinod Chopra, Yogesh Ishwar
Production HouseVinod Chopra Films


Its plot revolves around the true account of Manoj Kumar Sharma, who rose from abject poverty to become an Indian Police Service officer, as told in Anurag Pathak’s eponymous book. At the UPSC, where millions of students take the world’s most difficult competitive exam, IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma boldly embraces the concept of resuming his academic career and taking control of his life.

Manoj Kumar Sharma comes from the Chambal hamlet, where exam cheating is a regular occurrence. He is aiming for a job as a peon while doing his 12th standard exams. Manoj is unable to pass the tests and begins riding in a passenger car with his brother Kamlesh after a tough police officer, DCP Dushyant Singh, interrupts the cheating operation. A politician’s goons get them both into danger, but Dushyant Singh rescues them. Manoj is inspired by his candor and begins to look up to him, wanting to emulate him. He passes his examinations the next year and hopes to become an IAS, but fate has other ideas and Manoj will have to work extremely hard from the beginning.


An outstanding performer, Vikrant Massey simply stuns you with his rooted performance in 12th Fail as Manoj Kumar Sharma. Manoj is so real because of his blend of earnestness, uncertainty, ego, and determination, and Massey does a fantastic job of capturing those facets of the character. Medha Shankar, who played Manoj’s romantic interest, Shraddha, was a good fit for the role. As Manoj’s buddy and storyteller, Anant V Joshi left a lasting impression. Additionally, I adored Anshumaan Pushkar’s portrayal of Gauri Bhaiyya, who was a cross between Aspirants’ SK and Sandeep Bhaiyya. Geeta Aggarwal Sharma as the mother (another outstanding performance following OMG 2). In their respective parts, Sarita Joshi as the grandma and Harish Khanna as the upright father both excelled.

Manoj’s early years were distorted, causing him to struggle and to start over from zero. The success or failure of Manoj seems personal to the audience. Silent gaps and background noise cause you to hold your breath as the tension builds before the final leg (the interview).

The story is well-paced and references historical figures like APJ Kalam and BR Ambedkar, who urged his followers to “educate, agitate, and organize.” The film also lightly addresses the reason why dishonest leaders would prefer that young people remain ignorant: so they can be controlled and suppressed.

Overall, 12th Fail is a fantastic film, superb work by Vikrant and Vidhu, who have consistently done a wonderful job bringing out the best in each character. Very motivational and encouraging, especially for young people. Extremely advisable.

The film “12 Fail” stands out as a cinematic masterpiece due to its profound exploration of human psychology, focusing on topics such as self-discovery, resilience, and the triumph of the human spirit against hardship. Because of the characters’ genuineness and nuance, they stop being just performers on television and instead serve as conduits for the audience to feel a wide range of emotions.

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