Harsh reality unleashed
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal, Riteish Deshmukh, Mohnish Behl, Rajpal
Yadav, Sudeep and more
Showing at Gopi Krishna
KATHMANDU: In movie Rann, Ram Gopal Varma has a new story to share with audience and huge praises await him for his effort for shaping an untold story with vitality. Director makes us feel like he actually had been into the news room and understands the nexus between political parties, corporate world and media. He showcases insider’s story of how media that are so keen towards unhealthy competition for money and power, exaggerates news to grab attention of crowd.
Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan) is a Harvard-educated founder of prominent news channel, INDIA 24/7. Malik, who is a hardcore supporter of the ethics of journalism, is also the most valued TV journalist in India. His reputed media ultimately has to combat battle for survival after he falls prey to his son Jay’s (Sudeep) persuasion. Jay joins hand with corrupt politician Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal) for the sake of the channel’s profit. But Pandey — who dreams to be the Prime Minister someday — believes media plays a pivotal part in political success. The story takes a turn when Pandey starts using INDIA 24/7 for his campaigning against his political opponents and uses Vijay’s son-in-law Navin (Rajat Kapoor) and Jay.
The story is being told in a very simple manner. The dialogues are extraordinarily clear-cut and the movie is power packed with superb actors. In fact, the movie — that worth a ‘must-watch’ tag — would have gone unnoticed if the outstanding star cast and the simplicity of story telling would not have been its plus point.
After Paa, Bachchan has yet done a stunning work. It is not easy for anyone to play his son and act under the shadow of the superstar but Sudeep’s terrific acting of a aggressive son deserve a special mention. Rawal is as good in negative roles as he is in comic and is outstanding as a cunning and corrupt politician. Riteish Deshmukh as a new yet promising journalist is superb. Kapoor and Rajpal Yadav hold a small scope in film but have been able to make mark through their incredible acting skills. In fact Yadav adds humour to the seriousness with some funny moments. Mohnish Behl is seen in movies after a hiatus and fits perfectly in his role. Among the female cast Gul Panung, Neetu Chandra , Suchitra Krishnamoorthy and Neena Kulkarni also justify their roles with great aplomb. Music won’t be a blockbuster but compliments the sequences in the movie.
Rann is a serious cinema and especially caters ‘only’ and ‘only’ to those viewers who love to dwell in the story that has something to offer beyond fiction. On the whole Rann is a promising movie recommended for all those ‘serious reality based’ movie fanatics.