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"Vijay Deenanath Chauhan, poora naam, haaain!". Who can ever forget that famous dialog from Agneepath. After a long hiatus, Bachhan's character gets back his old favourite name, Vijay. I don't know if its superstition or not but it does recreate some old Bachhan magic. It was good to see him portray a normal man's role after a series of caricaturish roles in Aladin and Paa. Somehow I like him this way.
Rann has a stamp of RGV in bold capitals on it. Even if you are watching the movie ignorant of the fact that it is a Ramu flick, every scene screams out that this has to be a Ram Gopal Varma venture. And boy oh boy is Ramu back or what. I have always been a fan of his work and he did not disappoint this time for sure.
The plot revolves around Vijay Malik, who believes that News are the goal and money is the medium of earning it and not the other way around. He believes in walking the righteous path no matter what. Things take a turbulent ride when a scandal takes place right under Vijay Malik's nose. This only intensifies the 'rann' between the channels for 'breaking' news.
What worked for me in this movie was the slick pace. No where did it feel like a drag. As always, like his previous movies Satya, Company and Sarkar, the background score plays a pivotal role in packing a punch for every scene. The camera work is typical Ramu style too, with weird new angles. The entire cast gets an equal share of the pie, even Amitabh Bachhan, which I think is a revolution. This made the film and script look bigger than the stars which doesn't happen often in our part of the world.
But all is not hunky dory with the movie. An over the top Rajpal Yadav is quite irritating. The follow up to Bachhan's speech in the climax could have been much better. I couldn't help but draw comparisons to a movie called "Mai azaad hun" in which Bachhan delivers a similar strong speech in the climax.
The entire ensemble cast does a great job. Amitabh Bachhan, in the last 15 minutes when he addresses the nation, is awesome. Ritesh, Paresh Rawal and Mohnish Behl are perfect in their roles.
Ramu does a fine job. Just when you think he is down and out, he delivers. Post Sarkar, life has been a roller coaster both for him and for us. When you expect the most out of him, he gives you a RGV ki Aag and vice versa. Rann might not be his finest work but it is surely not his worst.