Movie Review: RANN

Rann is a 2010 Indian political thriller directed by Ram Gopal Varma. The film looks at the corruption of television news. This movie is RGV’s take on how the media is influencing our lives today. RGV goes into the newsrooms and also behind it and throws light on the Politician industrialist media nexus. Also, it’s an insider’s account of how news channels that are greedy for ratings sensationalize stories to grab TRP. The movie examines the corruption of the media and how it can be manipulated or seduced by either party into compromising or even forgoing their ethical obligations, in the name of favours, and money.

The story revolves around a channel named India 24×7. Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan), the head of India 24×7, is one of the most reputed journalists in the country. Following strict ethics, Malik believes news should always be the mirror of truth. But such principles and ethics, against cut throat competition, leads to falling TRP’s. His son Jai (Sudeep) concerned about the fall in business and TRP’s takes it upon himself to revive the channel. The story takes a turn when a corrupt politician, Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), decides to use the channel to his advantage by using Vijay’s son in law Navin (Rajat Kapoor). Pandey aspires to be the Prime Minister and indulges in a vicious campaign against his political opponent. The corruption jointly committed by Jai, Mohan Pandey and others was exposed by Purab (Ritesh).

Rann is not an attack against media. Instead it’s a movie more interested in showcasing the underground nexus existing between the clever politicians and media networks that are helplessly dependent upon the mercy of these policy makers. It tries to awaken the general public with the fact that today, news is not being reported truthfully, but it’s being created tactfully in order to survive in this tiring competition. So, everything seen on the news channel may not be true and hence the public has to take the right decision with its own intelligence and instinct. However, Rann does not entirely focus on the negative side of the topic. Very insightfully, the director shows three kinds of mindsets prevailing in a society. Amitabh & Ritesh are the two protagonists fighting for their true spirits of a sincere journalist. Paresh Rawal, Rajat Kapoor, Sudeep, Mohnish Behl and Suchitra Krishnamurthy are the ones only interested in the wrong side of the game. But the third section is full of people like Gul Panang, Neetu Chandra and Simone Singh who are neither interested nor willing to participate in any such activity on the social front.

RGV not only manages to grab eyeballs from the beginning to the end with his taut narration, he orchestrates a veritable treat when it comes to performances from his ensemble cast. Amitabh Bachan as the distinguished newsman who is a staunch believer of honesty gives a performance that makes this average fair watch able for the man’s sincere efforts. The 5 minutes speech during the end moments of the film clearly showed the aghast, pain and sadness of the man who believes in honesty thwarting and refusing all the demands is now helpless as he finds his son on the receiving end. Paresh Rawal is at his vicious best. He is wily and fits the image of a corrupt politician. Riteish successfully tries a makeover as a serious journalist who believes the mike is mightier than the sword. Mohnish Bahl gets the role of a lifetime and he performed well as a greedy businessmen. Gul Panag is natural and so easy on the eyes. Neetu Chandra does her part well. Suchitra Krishnamoorthy is too good. Rajpal Yadav contributes to some funny moments. But it is Sudeep who grabs the attention with his impressive and terrific performances.

Amit Roy’s cinematography is eye catching. Dialogues are power packed. The background score plays a crucial role. It heightens the impact of various scenes. The story written by Rohit Banawlikar is good and it appropriately includes lot of behind the scene situations in news rooms. Rann is technically brilliant in every aspect. Not a single song for diversion, not a single heroine dancing around, not a moment to edit, not a single mundane dialogue and not a stone unturned. This is a cinema which is in a fine story telling form.

On the whole, Rann is truly a well made film. Rann is for those who enjoy serious cinema. It’s more for the intelligentsia, for the thinking viewer. Definitely not for those who seek refuge in frivolous masala capers. The film truly belongs to Ram Gopal Varma and his direction and adeptness in characterization is noteworthy and deserves a big applause.

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