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RANN MOVIE REVIEW
Review by : Harish V
Starring: : Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Paresh Rawal, Mohnish Behl.
Direction: Ram Gopal Verma
Music: Dharmaraj Bhatt, Sandeep Patil, Jayesh Gandhi, Bapi, Tutul, Sanjeev Kohli, Amar Mohile.
Production: Vistaar Religare Film Fund, Big Bang Films Production, WSG Pictures.
RGV is back to tell us yet another story on power, politics and underworld (Oops! I meant media). RGV always tries to come up with a new tale to tell; and apart from his maddening fever to scare us with horror movies he is also specialized in coming up with tales of the underworld. His Satya, Company and the Sarkar series will go down in the history of Indian films as landmarks, but this time he is not talking about the underworld but the media world, which in the present scenario is no less Under.

The tale is about two honest journalists, one the most respected journalist in India and the other a promising young journalist who has just stepped onto the media news field. And how their lives get entangled in the world of TRP’s, politics, nexus and power is presented to us with RGV’s usual vigor. Any revealing of the story would end up revealing the plot points and I don’t want to end up revealing the surprises in the film which would surely make you sit up.

It’s sort of a comeback for Ram Gopal Verma after two
  Rann
below average movie Phoonk and Agyaat. The first half moves in a brisk pace and is a pulse pounding experience but the second half could have devoted more on the investigation as the punch was surely missing. But scenes like Sudeep’s first meeting with Paresh, the scene in which Sudeep gets a message from a person called Khanna and the conference call which follows, the scene where Mohnish meets Sudeep in the party etc., makes you but wonder how come such a talented director comes a cropper in movies like Agyaat and Aag. And one more reason which makes Rann a pleasurable experience, is the brilliant acting by an ensemble cast. Especially Sudeep and Paresh Rawal, who gives a mind-blowing performance. It’s nice to see Mohnish Behl and Suchitra Krishnamoorthy after a long time in a role, which they have portrayed with excellence. Amitabh and Ritesh are at their usual best.

It is usually interesting to see the cinematography in RGV’s film, and his favorite Amit Roy is onto it once again with lots of hand-held shots, and several close-ups and ultra close-ups. But if you notice more intently, you can see that there will always be two or more characters in a frame, if not a character, some weird looking lamp or a doll. After a point, RGV and Amit’s vision just gives us a headache, especially in the climax when Amitabh presents a breaking news in the movie and the camera focuses on him from the news camera’s wires and tripod gaps. The background and the music, which is used only as a tool to carry the story forward by around seven musicians, are impressive. So is the editing and art.

And the master storyteller is back with a bang and gives us a brilliant message to the broadcast industry, especially the news and its need to be more honest. The movie directly and indirectly points several politicians, media people and industrialists and it might bring RGV under some stress for sure. A valiant attempt in showing the power and politics involved in the media world and is sure worth the trip to the theatres.


Verdict: RGV back with a bang!

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