Friday, January 29, 2010
Yesterday I could not sleep. I had made a decision of watching RANN - first day first show and this was playing on my mind. The last time I had seen a RGV movie on the first day, I had burnt myself ! Ofcourse that legendary movie was AAG. So with trepidations and doubts I entered the cinema hall. Another AAG and I would have been scarred for life ! But thankfully RGV with RANN has gone back to his roots, has gone back to what he does best.
This movie is sure to be scathed in the media. Because it takes up a completely one sided viewpoint and badgers the media black and blue. But then it does have its primary Idelaistic protagonists as media-men. So, we have a revered media personality - Amitabh Bachchan who owns a news channel. Renound for his ideals, his voice is heard and believed by the nation, but alas people want entertainment and this is where his channel lags. Enter, the saviour of the channel, his son - Sudeep, who under TRP and political pressure, compromises on his ideals and makes a deal with a tainted politician - Paresh Rawal. It is only the effort of a young journalist - Ritesh Deshmukh, that this scam is unearthed.
Now, there is one big flaw in the movie. It has taken a stand, that entertainment rules in news. It not only typecasts the media, but also the Indian public. It has a view that media gives India what it wants and what India wants is sensational news - entertainment and not just the truth. And hence its narrative has flaws which are convenient for banging in the message.
But then again everyone has an opinion and RGV states his without wavering an inch. The movie succeeds because of its rivetting screenplay, brooding tension and captivating performances. Scene after scene the tension is built and the focus is on the delivery rather than the logic. Many things are taken to be understood and thrills is what RGV delivers.
The camerawork, by Amit Roy, in this movie is audacious to say the least. Almost all techniques of filming are used and sometimes irritates; but its the slow panning, close up shots of the protagonists faces, a trademark of RGV cinema, that leave its mark. When the camera is fixed on an actors face for such a long time, then he is dependent on his acting talents to succeed, to carry the movie through and the actors deliver.
Ritesh Deshmukh makes a sincere effort as the yound idealistic journalist, who cannot watch the medium he reveres being used for selfish reasons. Monish Behl, as the owner of a rival news channel, delivers too. The surprise package is "Sudeep" who as the son depicts the turmoil within with aplomb. His brooding style reminds you of the reclusive, intense role of Chakravarthi in Satya. But its finally upto Amitabh to take the cake. With his deep, baritoned voice, intense eyes, rivetting personality and peerless acting talent he captivates you throughout, especially in an almost 10 minute soliloquy in the end. Anyone else, and the last scene would have fallen flat on the face.
RGV's film is full of tension and this tension is maintained by the intense background score. But the songs are definitely not a take away. They are just another medium for more bashing.
Though sometimes it does seem to be a one sided bashing fest, if you consider it to be a film and just that, RANN is a compelling drama. The first half is brilliant, but the film falters a bit in the second half. Could have done without the Rajpal Yadav histrionics. So in all, after making a bag full of crap , RGV is back to what he does best. So, I would definitely tell you not to RUNN!! but to visit the theater and watch this one sided but rivetting film. And yes, be ready for tension, tension and then some more tension!
Rating : 6.5 / 10