Ram Gopal Varma
Amar Mohile, Bapi-Tutul
Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Gul Panag, Sudeep, Neetu Chandra, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Paresh Rawal, Rajpal Yadav, Mohnish Behl.
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A Vistaar and Religare presentation of a Cinergy production, Ram Gopal Varma directed RANN is special because not just it looks at exposing media; it also brings back Amitabh Bachchan with Ram Gopal Varma after SARKAR RAJ. In addition, the film also boasts of an enviable star cast comprising of Paresh Rawal, Ritiesh Deshmukh, Sudeep, Mohnish Behl, Rajat Kapoor, Manisha Koirala, Gul Panag, Neetu Chandra, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Rajpal Yadav and many others.
Moreover this much touted film is produced by Madhu Mantena, the man who produced the biggest money spinner of all times GHAJINI, and Sheetal Vinod Talwar.
This multi-starrer, which hits the screens worldwide on 29th January 2010, is being distributed in overseas by Studio 18.
In this fast paced drama from Ram Gopal Varma, the master director of SATYA, COMPANY, SARKAR and SARKAR RAJ, one sees a canvas of conflicting yet fascinatingly powerful shades of human character. This heady cocktail of suspense, high intensity and no-frill emotions, makes RANN an edge-of-the-seat drama-thriller that's not to be missed!
Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan) has over years been the embodiment of trust, honesty, ethics and responsibility to the entire nation. India's first private news channel, founded by Vijay, is the temple of 'true' journalism. He believes that while everyone is entitled to their opinion, they are not entitled to their own facts!
Pitted against him in the battle for corporate supremacy is Amrish Kakkar (Mohnish Bahl), a former employee at Vijay's channel. Amrish has, in a way, 'revolutionized' the business of delivering news. For Amrish, the media is a vehicle that he rides upon and maneuvers to deliver baseless entertainment. His channel is ruling in terms of viewership numbers.
Vijay is aware of his battle with Amrish's channel, but what hits Vijay is something he wasn't prepared for...
Jay Malik (Sudeep), Vijay's son and CEO, is desperately seeking a way to resuscitate his channel and get it back to the top slot. Jay is a go-getter who looks at his father's channel as an enterprise that must make profits. He cannot digest his rival's channel racing ahead and is set to hatch a major plan that would catapult his channel to the top.
Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), a politician yearning to take the prime post of the country takes advantage of Jay's ambition. But the fulcrum of his plan rests on using Vijay's robust credibility!
They say that wars are won through deception...and this war was no different. Vijay's channel regains the number one slot with panache, as he ends up unearthing one of the most scintillating exposes in the history of Indian news.
Purab (Riteish Deshmukh) has always idolized Vijay as the epitome of truth and turns to a career in investigative journalism at Vijay's channel. The tension soars when he uncovers the truth behind the story that had taken Vijay's channel to the pinnacle. What happens when he confronts the Vijay with the real truth?
Does Vijay have the strength of character to fight between his principles of truth and the corrupt convenience that surround him? Will he be able to undo what he had mistakenly done?
Will Vijay fight the battle to expose the truth...even if it means fighting his own son?
Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan)
The founder of the first ever private news channel in the country INDIA 24/7, the Harvard-educated Harshvardhan Malik is India's most respected media personality. He is a hardcore upholder of journalistic ethics. No wonder his Channel is battling for survival!
Jay Malik (Sudeep)
A go-getter and highly aggressive and ambitious son of Harshvardhan Malik, Jay looks at his Dad's news channel purely as a business enterprise that must make profits to justify its existence. He hates that his competition is doing better than him.
Purab Shastri (Riteish Deshmukh)
Armed with a degree in journalism, Purab Shastri truly believes that the media should be the check point for the people of a country, and therefore, it should report news, instead of manufacturing news. Purab's thinking sets him apart from most youngsters of this country. While everyone is chasing their individual dreams, Purab aggressively wants to work towards a better India. Needless to say, a clash between Purab and the powers-that-be looks inevitable. It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong!
Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal)
It is every politician's dream to become the Prime Minister of his country. To that extent, the leader of the opposition Mohan Pandey is no different from his contemporaries. The only difference being - if the need arises, Pandey can and will kill to get the coveted chair.
Amrish Kakkar (Mohnish Behl)
Amrish Kakkar was the first to have the VISION and the foresight to realize that even the business of delivering NEWS can be made ENTERTAINING. Amrish therefore can be safely held singularly responsible for taking the television news industry to the dogs, or to the heights, depending on how you see it. His channel is no less than a shady brothel, the content that is NEWS is no less than a cheap hooker, and Amrish Kakkar - the most powerful pimp around.
Nalini Kashyap (Manisha Koirala)
Nalini Kashyap is the programming head of Harshvardhan Malik's news channel, INDIA 24/7. Having been in the industry for long enough, she has developed a practical view of how things operate here. And this comes in direct conflict with what her boss Harshvardhan Malik, thinks. Juggling the cut-throat world outside with the idealistic universe of her boss, Nalini Kashyap has her job cut out.
Naveen Shankalya (Rajat Kapoor)
Naveen Shankalya, apart from being the son-in-law of Harshvardhan Malik, is also one of the topmost industrialists of the country. Despite this, he is the most insecure man on earth, and won't rest till he becomes the number one industrialist in the country. His best buddy Mohan Pandey becoming the Prime Minister of India will surely help his cause.
Nandita Sharma (Gul Panag)
The assistant of an ad filmmaker, Nandita Sharma someday hopes to bag an independent feature film. She is in a live-in relationship with her boyfriend Purab. Nandita is smart, educated, and intelligent. She is also highly indifferent to what's happening in the country, and first thinks about herself and her man, before anything or anybody else. On both counts, she represents the youth of India.
Yasmin Hussain (Raima Sen)
An ex-model, and fiancee of Jay Malik, Yasmin watches TV, reads gossip columns, and for most part, takes everything that is dished out to her, AT FACE VALUE. She does not understand the intricacies of power games, and hidden motivations behind actions of people. The resources at her disposal to know what is true and what is not, are limited. She is not innocent, and she is not clever either. Yasmin therefore epitomizes the 'common man'.
Anand Prakash Trivedi (Rajpal Yadav)
A creative editor, Anand Prakash Trivedi has a knack for sensationalizing even the driest story and making it sound like the story of the decade with super catchy headlines. More than any filmmaker, he makes far better movies. Only, he calls them NEWS.