One word. POWERFUL. Let's hear a round of applause for a man who has taken much of the brunt in the recent past. RGV manages to catch you by the collar and shake you out of your wits. RANN is a powerfully etched movie, enacted with purpose by every member of the cast. It begins with the click of a remote and ends with another. A creative way to use the much-abused device within the screenplay.
Ramu takes care, to first craft each and every character, and then limit their roles within that framework. Not one character gets out of frame or does what is not expected of him or her. Truth is what we all want to hear and see but is truth what we actually hear and see on television, where TRPs are all that matters to channel bosses and 'Breaking News' the need of the hour? It does not matter how the news get 'broken'. This is what Ramu is trying to expose on screen with RANN; the greed to be No 1.
Truth is all what Vijay Harsvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan), head honcho of a television channel, is interested in. It does not mater if a rival channel headed by his ex-employee is forging ahead in the TRP race. He will not bow down on his principles. Viewer interest is first for him. His son, Jay, who has returned from the US, is all keen to see his dad change the way he thinks and catch up in the TRP race. His lust for the race draws him into an evil net at the centre of who is a corrupt politician who one day wants to be Prime Minister, Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), and his own brother-in-law, Naveen Shankalaya (Rajat Kapoor).
Together they frame a story on how the current PM Digvijay Hooda (Alok Nath) is the one behind the recent bomb blast by getting his PA to speak at gunpoint. They record the shot and release it to Jay who impresses his father to play it before other channels get the news.
Purab Shastri (Ritesh Deshmukh) has grown up watching Harshvardhan on television and has been inspired to take up journalism because of him. Purab lands a job in his channel but is soon traumatized by the recent news. He begins his own investigation and stumbles on some startling facts, which he presents to Vijay Harshvardhan towards the end. The truth stares him hard in the face, but Harshvardhan does not buckle. He decides to bare the truth. And the truth sets him free!
Amitabh Bachchan and Paresh Rawal are the two pillars on which RANN stands. One an upright individual, the other, corrupt to the core. A menacing performance by Rawal. Amitabh lends his own charisma to the character, which identifies with the viewer. Sudeep as Jay is awesome. A complete actor. Ritesh surprises with his act of a besotted journalist out to uncover the truth while Rajat Kapoor lends that eerie charm. Mohnish Behl and Suchitra Krishnamoorthy both get roles, which are as powerful and central to the scheme of things. Neetu Chandra is proving to be quite a talent.
The background score elevates key scenes to lock you in your seats. Run to the cinemas. This one is a gripping saga