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Rann (2010)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | 29 January 2010 (India)
Unfolds the story behind the news industry and its political conspiracies.

Director:

Ram Gopal Varma

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Rohit G. Banawlikar (story, screenplay & dialogue) (as Rohit C. Banawlikar), Sarim Momin (lyrics) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Amitabh Bachchan ... Vijay Harshvardhan Malik
Riteish Deshmukh ... Purab Shastri (as Ritesh Deshmukh)
Gul Panag ... Nandita Sharma
Paresh Rawal ... Mohan Pandey
Sudeep ... Jay Malik
Neetu Chandra ... Yasmin
Mohnish Bahl ... Amrish Kakkar
Rajat Kapoor ... Naveen Shankalya
Rajpal Yadav ... Anand Prakash Trivedi
Suchitra Krishnamoorthi ... Nalini Kashyap
Nina Kulkarni ... Lata Malik
Simone Singh ... Priya Malik - Shankalya
K.K. Raina ... Digvijay Hooda
Ikhlaq Khan Ikhlaq Khan ... Mohan Pandey's Man
Pushpa D'Souza Pushpa D'Souza ... Mohan Pandey's Mother
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Storyline

As the news of a bomb explosion in the Muzaffarnagar area spreads, two leading news agencies, India 24 & Headlines 24/7, deal with their respective ratings and content to attract more viewers and boost advertising revenue. Purab Shastri is hired by India 24, managed by Vijay H. Malik, while the other agency is run by Amrish Kakkar, Vijay's former subordinate. Purab, an ardent admirer of Vijay, changes his views after the later dramatically exposes Prime Minister Digvijay Hooda's hand behind the explosion, and starts to gather evidence that may end up implicating Vijay and the agency. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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When a voice of conscience cannot be heard, when democracy is remote controlled, WILL WE EVER KNOW THE TRUTH? See more »


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

29 January 2010 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Битва телеканалов See more »

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$1,146
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Indian actor and musician Himesh Reshammiya was supposed to play a role in the film, but later opted out due to other commitments. Ram Gopal Verma, being a fan of Himesh, included a couple of lines from Himesh's song 'Lut Jaaoon' (Karzzzz) in the film. In one scene, Rajpal Yadav's character recites the lines. See more »

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Riveting, thrilling and explosive in true RGV manner
16 February 2010 | by kunalkhandwalaSee all my reviews

"Government, businessmen and politicians are responsible for the stability of the country, thereby encouraging development but to the common man, how are they accountable for their duties? For this very reason, Media was born". Rann deals with the misuse of media's power that reaches out to millions with the truth. This high voltage, no nonsense thrilling drama that captivates your mind and engages you into its unpredictable screenplay has Ram Gopal Verma written all over it and it is indeed among his finest films. Rann is technically brilliant in every aspect. The subject is serious and seldom will you find a light moment and when the story demands it, Ramu enters the realm with all his might. Not a single song for diversion, not a single heroine dancing around, not a moment to edit, not a single mundane dialogue and not a stone unturned. This is cinema in its finest story telling form.

Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan) is the Godfather of India's news media. Righteous and truth seeking in his approach, Malik always favors the truth over TRP ratings and sensationalism. His son, Jai (Sudeep) wants the company to prosper by catering to the viewers' choices while supporting his father's integrity. Naveen (Rajat Kapoor), brother-in- law to Jai, introduces Jai to Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), the cunning politician who will cross all limits to gain his political mileage and together, they convince Jai to create news to gain a tremendous jump in the channel's viewership. Purab Shastri (Ritesh Deshmukh), the new comer in the channel is a devotee of Vijay Malik and as the sinister plot unfolds before him, politics and media unleash true mayhem. In all this, Amrish Kakkar (Mohnish Behl) stands to gain advantage out of his competitive positioning and his shrewdness.

Rann moves at a reckless pace with a riveting narrative and explosive dialogue from its ensemble starcast. In terms of its distinct musical score, Sikkon Ki Bhookh, Gali Gali Mein Shor & Jana Gana Rann are very pertinent tracks to the movie's theme and will take repeated listening to catch the essence of the lyrics. Credit for a phenomenal screenplay goes to RGV and for optimizing the potential of such a strong cast of actors. Amitabh Bachchan is outstanding as the restrained and truthful media baron. His finest moment is towards the end when he comes in front of the nation, unravelling his channel's misuse. Paresh Rawal as Mohan Pandey is evil yet his confidence in his techniques is appalling. The smoothness with which he misleads the public in his speeches deserves some chuckles. Rajat Kapoor impressively plays the over ambitious businessman, Ritesh Deshmukh portrays the right amount of composure for his character while walking straight on RGV's guided path while Mohnish Behl deserves an applause for such an awesome come back. He is a capable actor and one wonders why his on screen shrewdness went unnoticed for so long. Gul Panag and Suchitra Krishnamoorthi are worthy in their roles while Rajpal Yadav renders some comic relief without digressing from the movie's theme.

But RGV is the true hero of the Rann. With slick presentation, brevity, brilliant screenplay aiding the seamless narration and a no-nonsense, to-the-point approach in every scene, he conveys the movie's message in a thriller like socio-drama. Sikkon Ki Bhookh, Gali Gali Mein Shor & Jana Gana Rann are very pertinent tracks to the movie's theme and will take repeated listening to catch the essence of the lyrics. Rann is uplifting, enlightening, meaningful, intense and worthy of a large combo deal at the cinemas.

8.99 on a scale of 1-10.


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