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Rann February 5, 2010

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Ramu’s take on the media looks more like a Bhandarkar-esque affair – still it works because the film doesn’t compel you to take it seriously. This is a theme whose Bollywoodization was long overdue and even if the end result seems inexcusably dumbed-down, it is still fairly engaging. I actually loved Paresh Rawal as the vile politician – it’s been so long since he has played a role like this. Even though it is hands down the most throwback eighties character you’ve probably seen on screen these days.

My favorite nevertheless was Mohnish Behl – as the scheming head-honcho of a news channel he is top class – would love to see him more on the big screen. Sudeep, Suchitra and Rajpal Yadav are also impressive. Surprisingly the lead characters – Amitabh and Ritesh are the most uninteresting characters of the entire enterprise. The latter especially plays the dumbest investigative journalist ever – somebody please tell him that there is a silent mode on a cell phone, a rear view mirror to a car and that it is possible to make copies of DVDs.

Rann is far from being among RGV’s better films, still it makes the cut when you compare it with his more recent ventures. Worth a look.

Mithya February 14, 2008

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Loosely translated as “illusion”, Mithya happens to be the first film of the year which has the critics raving about it (going by the initial reviews Jodhaa Akbar seems to be next in line).

At first glance when you catch a promo of Mithya it gives the impression of being a low budget tongue-in-cheek take on a story like that of Don. The initial moments too pretty much confirm the same but an hour into the film you realize it is going to be anything but that. To put it crudely, this is more closer to let’s say Don caught in a Paheli-esque conundrum. I won’t describe the plot any further because that surely would strip away most of the surprises in the story. Rather than simply being a smart film with interesting twists it really touches you in the latter half…as you cannot help but sympathize with the protagonist (Ranvir Shorey). The situations he is caught in, the consequences he faces and his response to it are all brought out beautifully. I felt a bit depressed for quite a while after watching this.

The ever dependable Ranvir Shorey makes the most of his first full-fledged leading role to full effect and with the supporting cast of Vinay Pathak, Naseeruddin Shah, Neha Dhupia, Iravati, Saurabh Shukla, Harsh Chaya (and others who I haven’t mentioned) it is tough to go wrong. Rajat Kapoor (who earlier made Raghu Romeo and Mixed Doubles) does a great job of writing and directing this flick. He relies mostly on his situations and actors where in such films the general tendency of filmmakers is to try and be pretentiously quirky. Thankfully, producer Arindam Chaudhury seems to have made a wise decision to not make a film whose script is derived from “market research techniques” (whatever that phrase meant!).

Overall, a very justified addition to the much coveted list of “critically acclaimed” Bollywood flicks.