12th Fail

12th Fail is a is a Hindi film was released on 27 October 2023. The film is based on real life story and shows drama. Vidhu Vinod Chopra directed, produced and wrote the story for the film.

The film is based on Anurag Pathak’s 2019 non-fiction book of the same name. The book is about Manoj Kumar Sharma who was extremely poor but managed to become a police officer in the Indian Police Service.

Actor Vikrant Messi plays the role of Manoj Kumar Sharma in the film. Other cast members include Medha Shankar, Anantvi Joshi, Anshuman Pushkar and Priyanshu Chatterjee.


Movie12th Fail
Release Date27 October 2023
Star CastVikrant Massey, Medha Shankar, Anshuman Pushkar, Anant Vijay Joshi, Geeta Agarwal, Harish Khanna, Saritha Joshi, Vikas Divyakirti
GenresBiography , Drama
DirectorVidhu Vinod Chopra
MusicShantanu Moitra
ProducerVidhu Vinod Chopra
EditorJaskunwar Kohli & Vidhu Vinod Chopra
WriterVidhu Vinod Chopra
Jaskunwar Kohli
CinematographerRandarajan Ramabadran
Production CompanyVinod Chopra Films
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12th Fail is based on the real life story of Manoj Kumar Sharma who became an IPS officer (police). Manoj Kumar Sharma (played by Vikrant Messi) comes from a poor family living in Chambal. His father lost his job because of his dishonesty at work.

Manoj attended a school where the principal encouraged students to cheat. A cop named DSP Dushyant (played by Priyanshu Chatterjee) arrested the principal. He explained to Manoj that honesty is the most important thing in life.

Manoj was inspired by Dushyant’s words. Manoj began to believe that an honest police officer could help change society for the better. The film shows the struggles and hardships that Manoj went through to achieve success. It shows how he achieved his goal despite many hardships.

12th Fail


  • Vikrant Massey as Manoj Kumar Sharma
  • Medha Shankr as Shraddha Joshi
  • Anant V Joshi as Pritam Pandey
  • Anshumaan Pushkar as Gauri Bhaiya
  • Priyanshu Chatterjee as DSP Dushyant Singh
  • Geeta Aggarwal Sharma as Pushpa Sharma, Manoj’s mother
  • Harish Khanna as Ramveer Sharma, Manoj’s father
  • Sarita Joshi as Manoj’s grandmother
  • Sanjay Bishnoi as Naval
  • Colorist: Dinesh Reddy Aalla
  • Vikas Divyakirti as Himself
  • Vijay Kumar Dogra as Sundar
  • Perry Chhabra as Rajini Sharma, Manoj’s younger sister
  • Neeraj Kalra as Professor Prabhakar Joshi, Shraddha’s father
  • Darius Chinoy as Mr. Solanki
  • Radhika Joshi as Tanya
  • Fasi Khan as Kishan, Shraddha’s house servant
  • Rahul Dev Shetty as Mr. Mehta, Manoj’s UPSC interviewer

Technical Aspects

You appreciate the music composed by Shantanumoitra, especially the quality of Telugu music. You felt the Telugu dubbing team did a good job and the film doesn’t feel like a blockbuster.
Rangarajan Rambadran’s cinematography was effective in transporting the audience into the world of Manoj Kumar Sharma. But, you thought the editing could have been better.
You found the production values ​​to be polished and refined.

As for Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s direction, you appreciated how he managed to add humor and emotion to this real life story. While you felt a few scenes in the second half could have been better, overall you thought he did a good job.


Overall, 12th Fail is a good film because it based on real life story of Manoj Kumar Sharma, a former IPS officer who faced many obstacles and reached great heights in life The film stays true to its purpose and the leading actor Vikrant Messi is sitting in his role.

Medha Shankar is also delightful and her character is well written. The 12th Fail has its fair share of interesting moments. On the other side the pacing is slow, and at times, the film is also predictable. If you love compelling real-life stories, you can give this movie a shot this weekend.



What is the release date of the 12th Fail movie?

The movie was released on 27, October 2024

Who directed 12th Fail movie?

The movie directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra

Who are the main actors in 12th Fail?

‘12th Fail’ star cast includes Vikrant Massey, Medha Shankar, Anshuman Pushkar, Anant Vijay Joshi, Geeta Agarwal, Harish Khanna, Saritha Joshi and Vikas Divyakirti.

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