[Movie Review]RANN- predictable from Puttu

IdealisticHarshvardhan mallik( B) and his son Jay(Sudeep), find their channel loosing out on popularity ratings for a rival channel smartly run by his X-employee Mohnish Behl. Jay is provoked and hence in an attempt to rebuild and regain the foothold,he plans a sting operationwith aspiring PM Manoj Pandey(Paresh Rawal) and his Co-Bro industrialistRajat Kapoor. Everybody gets their share,but end up gobbling the truth. How is that revealed and what are theirrepurcussions forms the rest.

Frankly this aint a media centric movie, it is just a common thing among all the characters. It doesn\’t give an insight or per se the background processing of how print media sell news and grab people\’s attention. Okay we even despise this fact, since movies are not meant to educate, but to entertain. Then in that case Rann aint such a bad movie. Infact its a movie wherein conflicting characters are caught in different situations and the way they react to it. Though predictable for most part, it keeps youinterested because of RGV\’s styleof framing.

For example, a scene where Paresh Rawal bursts into different gigglesby looking at her grandmotherwhile negotiating with Mohnish Behl, is endearing to watch.

In another scene, involving him he delivers following line to display his ferociousness “Kuch to vajay hogi ki hum Manoj pandey hain”..

Sudeep as Jay has mighty role, but he hams it up at one point and alleviates at another. Watch him in that scene where he tries to convince Bof the sting operation.

Paresh rawal (last seen in Daud), as usual is a irresistable to watch indhoti clad goonda..

Rajpal yadav as wannabe CD perfectlydescribes the nuts runningbehind breaking news.

Riteish deshmukh(Parag shastry, find out what his role is) an ardent fan of Harshvardhan mallik, plays a straight faced journalist with little effect.

Mohnish behl looks unreal andovercooks himself.

Big B is mechanical throughout,other than the the final act. Watch him closely in that terrifically rendered confession cum monologue at the end, u see trembling hands.

Dont expect a complete parda-fash or revelation of how media mis-use,glorify and magnify the news. The film explains the effect that media has on the ppl involved in a capsulic way,including us – the couch potatoes, but never explains the effect on media itself.And that is an irony.

As mentioned above its not “Not-watchable” kinda of movie in its entirety, but give it a shot if u have an appetite for RGV\’s trademark narration and and his team\’s technical brilliance.

The review is done by Prashant Prahlad Abkari, who is a collegue and good friend of mine.


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