Rann Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:36:56.5900000 IST


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RGV's peculiar cinematic aesthetics has always defied stereotypes and made bold style statements of its kind. RANN makes a consolidated introspect into fast growing TV journalism and enters into the under belly of media-politics nexus. Barring the exception of weirdly made RGV KI AAG, thespian Amitabh Bachchan has excelled every time (SARKAR and SARKAR RAJ) in his films as a domineering character with positive response, both commercially and critically. RANN (meaning ''war'') empowers him as ideological head-honcho of a TV channel and predictably music has enforcing rather than enthralling appeal to give narration a fiercely impeccable feel. This may sound strange but a long list of composers (Dharmaraj Bhatt, Sandeep Patil, Jayesh Gandhi, Bapi-Tutul, Sanjeev Kohli and Amar Mohile) are engaged for eight thematically aggressive situational scores. Even the line-up of lyricists (Vayu, Sarim Momin,Sandip Singh and Prashant Pandey) makes sure that the album speaks ferociously to evoke the feel of this socially relevant saga. As far as musical success is concerned, RGV flicks have been low key affairs for the past few years and so expectations are likely to be miniscule. Against all odds, can the music of RANN be a runaway success by this team of composers? Does it have that ballistic ire that can really give the narration on fire? Let's check this out...

''Rann hai rann hai, satya siyahi ka rann hai...'' The mightier strength of ''pen'' over ''swords'' gets a befitting poetical tribute to serenade out politically volatile soundtrack ''Sikkon Ki Bhook''. Lyricist Vayu's agonizing words are appealing and so are the belligerently loud arrangements that give it a profound melodramatic appeal. Composer duo Dharmaraj Bhatt and Sandeep Patil gives it a theatrical ''street-play'' outlook where linguistically fiery idealistic wordings exhibit out meaningful messages. Vayu's razor-sharp wordings gets deserving vocal supports in the form of Vardan, Shadaab Faridi and Aditi Paul to make it engaging background score for the flick.

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After intimidating dark tones, satirical moves takes over with ''Breaking News'', ''TRP'', news anchors voice-over etc making dramatic communion in average sounding ''Remote Ko Baahar Phek''. Jayesh Gandhi sings as well as composes this ''mocking-shocking'' overview of news channels that believes in sensationalism rather than reality to raise their mantle. Sarim Momin's lyrics are loosely packed with upbeat hip-hop stylized arrangements hardly making any big impact.

After mish-mash wordings, haphazard phrasing, ''poetry-in-motion'' finally makes it through likable vocals of Sukhwinder Singh in ''Kaanch Ke Jaise''. It's more like melancholically distressing ''monologue'' about honest person entrapped in deceitful world. RGV's favorite Bappi-Tutul get the bigger chunk of the cake for delivering out the most striking number with thought-provoking lyrics in sluggish tempo. Sarim Momin's lyrical tinge is sharper this time (''Kanch ke jaise saaf ansoo, kanch ke jaise toot gaye, ankhon mein vishwas jo tha, chubhane lage uske tukade...'') with ethics being compared poetically to fragility of glass. This wave-storm of emotional turbulence is presumed to be principal factor in the narration and surely be the most promising melodic attribute of this album.

Sanjeev Kohli sings out his composition ''Rann Hai'' with angry agonized baritones that gist out the theme of the flick. Sarim Momin's well scripted realistic wordings (''Zameer jo na bechey, khud woh hi bik jaatey hain, dil se jo koyi soche, dil mein hi pachhtaate hai...) are subjectively poignant to emote out the protagonist's excruciation. Sanjeev Kohli's voice may not be as thumping as one assumes it to be but overall this works as resounding background score for the compelling moments. If shot well, this can be a bitter kaleidoscopic attribute in catalyzing narrative flows.



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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

Rating - 4/5



RANN MOVIE SPECIAL

RANN MOVIE SPECIAL

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.



view RANN movie stills

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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

Rating - 4/5


Rating /5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Paresh Rawal, Mohnish Behl, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Rajat Kapoor, Gul Panag, Neetu Chandra, Rajpal Yadav
  • Lyrics: Vayu, Sarim Momin, Sandip Singh and Prashant Pandey
  • Director: Ram Gopal Varma
  • Music Director: Dharmaraj Bhatt, Sandeep Patil, Jayesh Gandhi, Bapi-Tutul, Sanjeev Kohli and Amar Mohile

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