Directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Cinematography by Amit Roy
Mickey Rourke had been in exile for a near decade and he had resurrected with his Oscar nominated performance in ‘The Wrestler’. Comebacks are great to hear about and they are also great to be a part of. With ‘Rann’ one of India’s most sarcastic mouths gives us a chance to be a part of a ‘comeback’.
A film is advertised as finished and it doesn’t hit the screens for more than 6 months after that news. The general line of thought tells us that the film is a goner. It doesn’t happen so in this case.
RGV’s Rann switches on with a bomb blast in the country and the ruling and opposition parties blaming it on each other. And that day happens to be Purab’s (Ritesh Deshmukh) first day at India 24*7. Purab is an ardent fan of the head of India 24*7 – Vijay Harshwardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan) and his non-commercial, moral driven way of journalism.
As the film’s first few minutes punch along, India 24*7’s bad state of TRPs, Rajdeep’s son Jai (played by Sudeep) and his son-in-law Naveen (Rajat Kapoor), the head of the rival channel – Headlines 24*7 (Amrish Kakkar played by Mohnish Behl), the country’s opposition leader (Mohan Pandey played by Paresh Rawal) and his intensions are all established at a pace that asks more of the viewer’s mind.
Naveen is an industrialist and a good friend of Pandey, Naveen’s biggest interest is his success graph if Pandey were to be the Prime Minister. Jai on the other hand believes in his dad’s ideology, but, is a little disturbed lately on account of the channel’s bad state.
Kakkar was once an employee of India 24*7 and now with his own channel poses a great threat to Harshwardhan’s channel. Pritam gradually discovers that the moral glory of India 24*7 is a thing of the past and a lot of changes which he would not enjoy are going to be made in the channel’s policy.
Jai in his desperation to boost up the channel’s rating makes the wrong move of taking sides with Pandey and creating a fake controversy that can topple the existing government.
What happens when the ideological dad discovers this and what does his biggest fan do when he finds out something that no one else knows?
You remember the Christopher Walken cameo in Pulp Fiction? Small role it is, but, remains to be one of the greatly acclaimed cameos. The Headlines 24*7 head Kakkar had one such scene to steal the show and Mohnish Behl does it with such malice and a laugh so full of evil that you can brand him as ‘the director being lucky to find him’.
Great performances to be found all around in this film, but to me, the protagonists stand out to be the cinematographer and the 5 music directors. These were the people that had provided the much needed intensity to the film. Hats off to these super technicians.
But, but…the film pans out to be a standard scripting attempt and not something that came out exploring the world of media. A little less time on the characters and little more to the events would have been better.
Rating – √√√1/2 – intense.
P.S. watch out for Rajpal Yadav.