Bold look at news ethics

2010-02-22 00:00

MAVERICK film-maker Ram Gopal Verma makes a bold attempt in Rann to explore heavyweight issues in the newsroom.

Varma’s realistic effort in portraying journalistic ethics, greed for sensational stories and the politician-industry-media nexus is well received.

Vijay Harshvardhan Malik (Amitabh Bachchan) is the founder and head of a private news channel, India 24/7. He’s a very conscientious newsman and a hardcore upholder of journalistic ethics, but his channel is fighting for survival.

He ropes in Purab Shastri (Ritesh Deshmukh) to join his news channel team. Malik hates competition and his opposition channel, Headlines 24, headed by Amrish Kakkar (Mohish Behl), is ahead of him.

Jay (Sudeep), his son, does not share the same business sentiments and ideologies as his father. Jay becomes the victim of a game plan initiated by his brother-in-law Naveen (Rajat Kapoor) along with a corrupt politician, Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), who masterminds a media-led campaign against his political rival to get to the prime minister’s seat.

This is followed by an electrifying mixture of yellow journalism, corruption, cut-throat competition and a couple of surprises.

Bollywood veteran Amitabh Bachchan, as usual, gives a brilliant performance.

Deshmukh has a few good scenes, while Sudeep is surprisingly good. Paresh Rawal plays a negative role after a very long time and really sinks his teeth into it. Rajat Kapoor and Mohish Behl are incredible.

Varma gives us a realistic, watertight drama with grit, suspense and stupendous performances.

If you are looking for serious, sensible and realistic cinema, this is the film you should be watching.

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