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Railways Officer Reflects on ’12th Fail’ Film, Recalls Personal Connection with Real-Life Inspirations


In the aftermath of the Vidhu Vinod Chopra film “12th Fail,” which garnered attention for its portrayal of the challenges faced during Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) preparations, Ananth Rupanagudi, an officer from the Indian Railway Accounts Service (IRAS), has shared his perspective on the movie and the real-life individuals it drew inspiration from.

Railways Officer Reflects on '12th Fail' Film, Recalls Personal Connection with Real-Life Inspirations

Taking to the social media platform “X,” Rupanagudi offered insights into his thoughts on “12th Fail” and his personal connection with IPS officer Manoj Kumar Sharma, the real-life inspiration for Vikrant Massey’s character in the film. Acknowledging his acquaintance with the actual individuals portrayed, Rupanagudi conveyed appreciation for the kindness exhibited by Manoj Kumar Sharma and Shraddha Joshi.

However, it was Rupanagudi’s commentary on a specific sequence in the movie, particularly the interview segment, that resonated with the online audience, leading to the post’s viral status. In his reflections, the IRAS officer provided unique insights into the nuances of the film, offering a personal touch to the narrative.

As civil servants from various departments continue to share their experiences related to UPSC preparation and the resonating impact of “12th Fail,” Rupanagudi’s perspective provides a distinctive lens into the real-life connections and personal anecdotes that enrich the storytelling in the film. The convergence of reel and real-life narratives, coupled with Rupanagudi’s reflections, adds a layer of authenticity to the broader discourse surrounding the challenges and triumphs of those pursuing civil services in India.