Rann (2010) Preview – Truth Is Terrible

Rann starring Amitabh Bachchan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Sudeep and Gul Panag in the lead roles is a forthcoming film, directed by Ram Gopal Varma, focuses on Indian media.Before its release, the film has landed up in controversy with the title song which has been inspired by the National Anthem, for which the Honorable Supreme Court has banned the promos and the screening of the song in the film.The matter is sub judice and the Censor Board and Ram Gopal Verma are trying to get the matter solved at the earliest.Produced by Sheetal Vinod Talwar and Madhu Mantena, Rann releases worldwide on January 22, 2010.

Character Sketch:

Amitabh Bachchan as Vijay Harshvardhan Malik

The founder of the first ever private news channel in the country INDIA 24/7, the Harvard-educated Harshvardhan Malik is India’s most respected media personality. He is a hardcore upholder of journalistic ethics. No wonder his Channel is battling for survival!

Sudeep as Jay Malik

A go-getter and highly aggressive and ambitious son of Harshvardhan Malik, Jay looks at his feather’s news channel purely as a business enterprise that must make profits to justify its existence. He hates that his competition is doing better than him.

Riteish Deshmukh as Purab Shastri

Armed with a degree in journalism, Purab Shastri truly believes that the media should be the check point for the people of a country, and therefore, it should report news, instead of manufacturing news. Purab’s thinking sets him apart from most youngsters of this country. While everyone is chasing their individual dreams, Purab aggressively wants to work towards a better India. Needless to say, a clash between Purab and the powers-that-be looks inevitable. It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong!

Paresh Rawal as Mohan Pandey

It is every politician’s dream to become the Prime Minister of his country. To that extent, the leader of the opposition Mohan Pandey is no different from his contemporaries. The only difference being – if the need arises, Pandey can and will kill to get the coveted chair.

Mohnish Behl as Amrish Kakkar

Amrish Kakkar was the first to have the vision and the foresight to realize that even the business of delivering news can be made entertaining. Amrish therefore can be safely held singularly responsible for taking the television news industry to the dogs, or to the heights, depending on how you see it. His channel is no less than a shady brothel, the content that is news is no less than a cheap hooker, and Amrish Kakkar – the most powerful pimp around.

Suchitra Krishnamurthy as Nalini Kashyap

Nalini Kashyap is the programming head of Harshvardhan Malik’s news channel, India 24/7. Having been in the industry for long enough, she has developed a practical view of how things operate here. And this comes in direct conflict with what her boss, Harshvardhan Malik, thinks. Juggling the cut-throat world outside with the idealistic universe of her boss, Nalini Kashyap has her job cut out.

Rajat Kapoor as Naveen Shankalya

Naveen Shankalya, apart from being the son-in-law of Harshvardhan Malik, is also one of the topmost industrialists of the country. Despite this, he is the most insecure man on earth, and won’t rest till he becomes the number one industrialist in the country. His best buddy Mohan Pandey becoming the Prime Minister of India will surely help his cause.

Gul Panag as Nandita Sharma

The assistant of an ad filmmaker, Nandita Sharma someday hopes to bag an independent feature film. She is in a live-in relationship with her boyfriend Purab. Nandita is smart, educated, and intelligent. She is also highly indifferent to what’s happening in the country, and first thinks about herself and her man, before anything or anybody else. On both counts, she represents the youth of India.

Neetu Chandra as Yasmin Hussain

An ex-model, and fiancée of Jay Malik, Yasmin watches TV, reads gossip columns, and for most part, takes everything that is dished out to her, at face value. She does not understand the intricacies of power games, and hidden motivations behind actions of people. The resources at her disposal to know what is true and what is not, are limited. She is not innocent, and she is not clever either. Yasmin therefore epitomizes the ‘common man’.

Rajpal Yadav as Anand Prakash Trivedi

A creative editor, Anand Prakash Trivedi has a knack for sensationalizing even in the driest story and making it sound like the story of the decade with super catchy headlines. More than any filmmaker, he makes far better movies. Only, he calls them News.

Well, looking at the star cast of RGV’s Rann, one can say that this in itself a ‘breaking news’.


Rann means battle. And battle is a fight between large organized forces. In the context of a civil society and its seep complexities, large organized forces (read news channels, political parties and industrial czars) are not just involved in a fight with each other, but more importantly and frighteningly. They are battling a war within themselves and this especially true of news channels.

Making news is not the easiest thing in the world. So the next best thing obviously would be to make anything and everything appear to be news.

The ways the news is presented today are much more entertaining than family soaps and thrillers. What’s worse is that we enjoy this kind presentation so much that we have got addicted to them.

There is the government – a system which runs the country, then there are wealth creators like industrialists etc and then there are politicians in the ruling party and the opposition.

All the above in a democratic society are supposed to be working for the common people and the one and only means of the common people having any idea as to what those are up to is through the media. Hence the media had been invented as a truth telling machinery serving the purpose of the common people so that they know they are in good hands on in case they are told that they are not, they can hope to exercise the power of their vote to bring about a change.

But in a free economy system where there is so much competition the media by default is lost in its purpose.

The media is a reporting agency. It reports news. News is what is new in what you hear for the first time so to be able to be the first to tell you the various newspapers and channels have an intense competition among themselves and this they do on a need to survive, on an ego to be on the top and on a greed to get rich.

To be ahead of competition means more circulation and higher TRPS which in turn generate more and more ad revenue which will translate into making more and more and more money.

Also the fact that the process the people who run the media realize their power of influencing the common people inevitably makes them power hungry.

Rann would exposes the behind-the-scenes truth of how a truth telling machinery by the very virtue of its positioning has no choice but to corrupt it lf it is to become a money-making and power-brokering enterprise.

Don’t forget to watch this media-reality based movie on 22nd Jan 2010.


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