Movie Review: Rann (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Flop

vpyvdcRamgopal Varma is itching to tell a new story in his movies.You may garland him for his efforts or loathe him if you feel letdown, but you need to hand it to him for picking up stories that defy stereotype.This time, in RANN, the maverick film-maker does an expose on the games the heavyweights in the media play to further their interests.RGV goes into the newsrooms and also behind it and throws light on the politician-industrialist-media nexus. Also, it’s an insider’s account of how news channels that are greedy for ratings sensationalize stories to grab eyeballs.

Rann tries to be too idealistic right from its ethical news channel head Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Bachchan) to the trustworthy politician (K K Raina), all of which have become rare species in real life. Malik’s concerns are correct as he believes in reporting news in an era when every rival channel is resorting to creating news. Son Jai Malik (Sudeep) is disillusioned with father’s morals that are leading their channel nowhere.

As commercial corruption seeps in, Jai, through the medium of his channel, conspires against the ruling Prime Minister to make way for the opposition leader Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal). While Vijay is oblivious to the entire conspiracy, his channel’s lead reporter Purab (Riteish) takes it upon himself to investigate the truth.



Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
4.0 “a riveting experience”
Times Of India
4.0 “defines the role of the electronic media in today’s context with remarkable virility and dramatic force. This is Varma’s best work since ‘Company’”
4.0 “worth a watch”
Zee News
4.0 “gripping saga “
3.8 “a well made flick and unquestionably worth watching”
3.5 “a well-made film for people who like to watch serious, meaningful films”
Star Box Office
3.5 “quite an inspirational fare”
3.5 ” truly a well-made film. No two opinions on that. The film should be patronised by viewers of serious, sensible cinema. Recommended!”
3.5 “Remarkable performances make the predictable film watchable”
Buzz 18
3.3 “On the whole, Rann is a good watch”
Full Hyderabad
3.0 “ad immense potential to be a powerful drama. It works to a certain extent, but falls short of expectations”
Average Reviews
2.5 “is not a new story but the news battle setting saves it from getting run-of-the-mill”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “loses its message somewhere”
2.0 “a messy climax, witless and uninspired writing and shoddy, detail-free narrative ensure these memories are washed out as soon as they are formed”
2.0 “not even average stuff from a filmmaker who’s given us so much more”
IBN Live
2.0 “a patented representative of this year’s early mediocrity”
2.0 “seems to be a rush job”
DNA India
2.0 “neither an expose nor an explanation. It’s just an exercise in corniness, not very different from the subject of its scrutiny”
Hindustan Times
2.0 “is like listening to the just an average debater in middle school presenting a term paper called “Politics, Power and the Media.””
2.0 “Watch it if you want a good laugh.”
India Today

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