Rann: Sticks to the clichés

January 28, 2010

rannThe news business in India has grown to such an extent in the last few years and pervaded our lives so much, that a Bollywood film on the subject was bound to come out sooner than later.

But the problem with films such as “Rann”, much like the ones that come from the Madhur Bhandarkar stable, is that there is a thin line between going overboard and staying restrained.

When you are dealing with a subject that touches us in our daily lives, and with characters who have been borrowed from real life, it
is extremely difficult not to make a caricature of a film.

To be fair to him, Ram Gopal Varma tries. But “Rann”, which has been
billed as an expose on the media in India, doesn’t straddle that line;
instead the film resorts to clichés as a storyline and caricatures as
characters, and thus never takes off.

Amitabh Bachchan plays Vijay Harshvardhan Malik, an upright, honest
owner of a television channel who is fighting a losing battle for
ratings to a channel started by one of his protégés, Amrish Kakkar
(Mohnish Behl).

His son Jai (played very well by Kannada actor Sudeep), in a
last-ditch attempt to save the channel, and goaded by his sister’s
husband (Rajat Kapoor), joins hands with opposition leader Mohan
Pandey, who wants to defame the Prime Minister before national
elections.

Pandey convinces Jai to air a “sting operation” that is manufactured
and Jai in turn convinces his father to present the operation, because
he is someone, we are told, the nation trusts. It is only when star
reporter Purab Shastri, who works for Malik’s channel, notices
something amiss and launches an investigation of his own that things
start to unravel.

Varma makes quite a few valid points about today’s media but these are
sporadic and superficial. He hardly substantiates these claims, and
characters only randomly throw around words like TRPs and how “media
is a business”.

He doesn’t tell us anything new; instead he just strings together a
series of inspired-from-real-life incidents and tries to make a story
out of it. There are no insights into the day-to-day running of a news
channel, no glimpses of what goes into the business of 24- hour
television.

Camera movements are jerky, the music is inexplicably reminiscent of
horror films, and the story hardly seems to move at times. Actors like
Rajat Kapoor (who is supposed to be a top businessman, but doesn’t
seem to have any business but to tag along after Pandey), and Mohnish
Behl ham away to glory, and Riteish Deshmukh is decidedly awkward as
Purab Shastri.

Of the cast, only Sudeep delivers what one might call a performance.
Bachchan himself is, of course, his usual perfectionist self, but you
see so little of him in the film.

In the end, “Rann” is a film that could have been so much better, but
it chooses to play it safe instead. But if you are curious about the
world of news, you might find this one interesting enough.

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Nice review, very fair and objective. For the horror that is Ramgopal Varma, it’s almost a relief to see a half-positive review of his films. Look forward to seeing it

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some 4 years back i have sended a story concept to ram gopal verma’s film factory, now read my contcept THE WAR and watch RANN, if u find similarity then wht would u say???

THE WAR

One of the most trustworthy newspaper in maharashtra named as THE WAR is siverely facing financial crisis, though the readers kept following, but the circulation steped down. The rival of this paper got rapid growth and the graph of circulation shows stipprise growth. Obviously,the editor of THE WAR is a man of doctrine and he follows the principles at any cost. He is such a successer who blindly follow his late senior editors. Meanwhile the govt. declared assembly election.Maharashtra & particularly mumbai has got status of the hub of all antisocial and illigal activities. Like others, chief minister and his ministry of this state is also drawned deeply in curruption. They never fail to capture any opportunity to make monetory benefits. On other side, THE WAR is fighting for maintaining its reputation and tradition. The bitter truth is its weapon. All of sudden, one bad news rocked THE WAR and its worrior !! News was, group backed by state govt. (behind the screen) launched an attractive newspaper.With the help of highly modern technology this newspaper speedily became no.1 daily. It creats economical chaos for THE WAR but its editor fought the battle for financial firtilizer through advertizements. During this, because of a high voltage news article,both the rulling and opposition parties amoyed with him.Not only this,the mass also joined hands with the editor.Huge appriciation worked like hight inflamable fuel and the editor unearthed lot of big scandles of the politicians.The govt and even opposition were rocked to bottom as well. The readers affectionally returned to help THE WAR and govt aided (mouth peace) newspaper scrumbled down with loosing its temperary row popularity. THE WAR again got the pick. The bettle of the THE WAR successfully thrown out the ruler party, and even opposition could not make their way through. Wth all wide eyes the lone other party got the majority and sworn in to the govt. The editor of THE WAR thought that he has been succeded but he knew later that the politics is the worst then other. New CM successfully tried to buy all the leading newspapers but THE WAR. The govt angrily and spitefully stopped issuing advertisements to THE WAR. Day by day this newspaper suffered a lot monetarely bacause of other molice tactics of the govt and the opposition, which led a disasterious crisis.Financial loss found more space then income in the account book. It became routine. At last the editor surrounded with various kind of enimies, started the struggle of survivel even with the help of YELLO JOURNALISM without any hasitation. The editor was unknown about a great ugly conspiration,which took place during this ugly battly, and it was set bye the ruler and opp. The elected candidates were promotted behind the scene by the ruler-opp.The editor revealled the hidden link between bollywood and underworld,started black mailing some filmmakers,actors and other while colour industrialists.He gathered ruppees in weights of tonnes !! Of course this crore of ruppes were spent in welfare activities of unearthing scams !! Many burnt people including nasty politicians cruely planned an assessination of the editor. SUPARI was given to DON & BHAI LOG. some govt aided newspapers started ugly campaign of propaganda against the editor of THE WAR , which abusively portrait an image of the editor as villian from the HERO in the mindset of the mass. As if these were not enough some politicians launched the defematory legal fight against the editor.Among all these he struggled and suffered a lot and at last he has to pay costly. THE WAR claimed life of the WORRIOR !! “THE TRUTH SOMETIMES LOSES”

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