Maverick film maker Ram Gopal Varma comes out with a film with a new theme that of creating news in the TV channels for personal gain. This is not a run of the mill movie; it makes you think as you watch the shady deals behind the TRP hungry news channels.
Harvard-educated Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan) is the founder of the first private TV news channel India 24/7. He is always on the right side of intellectual, ethical, moral and financial integrity. He is the most respected media celebrity.
Then there is Amrish Kakkar (Mohnish Behl) who believes that news must be created and the TV news channel should be like a live reality show which entertains people and increases the TRP which in turn brings in moolah through Ads. Anand Prakash Trivedi (Rajpal Yadav) is a creative editor who has the knack of sensationalizing any
thing to catch the eye balls of the viewers. There is Nalini Kashyap (Suchitra Krishnamurthy) the energetic news reporter.
Jay Malik (Sudeep), son of Harshvardhan Malik, is a highly aggressive and ambitious person who believes that a TV news channel should be a profitable business enterprise and does not care about journalistic ethics. His fiancé Yasmin Hussain (Neetu Chandra) is like common man who takes TV news at face value.
Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal) is an unscrupulous politician who wants to become the Prime Minister of the country by any and all means. His friend
Naveen Shankalya (Rajat Kapoor), son-in-law of Harshvardhan Malik, dreams of becoming the top most business tycoon in the country. Both manipulate the News channel to further their mutual ambitions.
Purab Shastri (Riteish Deshmukh) a graduate in journalism truly believes that the media is the fourth estate and should be a watchdog on the affairs of the nation. He smells a rat in the manufacturing of news. His live-in girl friend Nandita Sharma (Gul Panag) is a wannabe film actress and does not care much about what is happening in the country like most of the youth.
Purab Shastri smells a rat in the goings-on in the news channel and exposes
Mohan Pandey and Naveen Shankalya through a sting operation that leads to an interesting climax.
The dignity personified Amitabh Bachchan delivers one more powerful performance. Mohnish Behl is credible as an unethical news creator. The Kannadiga Sudeep is the surprise package. He is utterly convincing. Paresh Rawal lives the role of a quintessential unscrupulous politician. Rajat Kapoor comes out with a scintillating performance. Riteish Deshmukh appears normal in a serious role. Rajpal Yadav is entertaining as usual. Neetu Chandra and Gul Panag fit to their roles and perform convincingly and so is Suchitra Krishnamurthy. All others are
more than adequate for their roles.
Rohit Banawlikar has written a simple straight forward story with powerful and realistic characters and very credible incidents. The dialogues have punch. RGV is at his best in helming the film. Amit Roy’s cinematography is simply enchanting. Editing is crisp and Sound design is effective helping the narration to be very interesting. The presentation has the mark of class.
Rann is astoundingly realistic and the salt and pepper treatment of the dark theme makes the film worth watching what with scintillating performances by all the characters. Rann is the movie for all film buffs.
The Cast and Crew
Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Paresh Rawal, Mohnish Behl, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Rajat Kapoor, Gul Panag, Neetu Chandra, Rajpal Yadav, Sudeep, Rahul Pendkalkar, Neena Kulkarni, Simone Singh, Iklaq Khan, Alok Nath
Music Director : Dharmaraj Bhatt, Sandeep Patil, Jayesh Gandhi, Bapi, Tutul, Sanjeev Kohli
Cinematography: Amit Roy
Art: Aparna Sud
Editor: Nipun Gupta
Sound: Debasish Mishra
Story / Writer: Rohit Banawlikar
Producer: Sheetal Vinod Talwar, Madhu Mantena
Executive Producer / Co-Producer: Gautam Vaze
Banners: Vistaar Religare Film Fund, Big Bang Films Production, WSG Pictures
Director: Ram Gopal Varma
3.75 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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