Amitabh Bachchan and Reitesh Desmukh in Rann
'Highly recommended for those appreciating serious and intellectual cinema,' BBC Shropshire Bollywood
Director: Ram Gopal Verma
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Paresh Rawal, Reitesh Desmukh and Sundeep
Information: Contains mild language and one suicide scene
Running time: 136mins
BBFC cert: PG
Release date: 29 January 2010 by Studio 18
Vijay Malik, is the conscientious head of India 24/7 news channel. A stringent character by nature, Vijay will not compromise the journalistic principles despite poor audience ratings.
But his American-educated son, Jay (Sudeep) believes the channel should be a profit running business creating news rather than reporting facts. This in due course will raise their ratings against their television rivals.
But scheming politician Mohan Pandey (Paresh) takes Vijay's son-in-law Navin and Jay under his wing.
With their help Mohan organises a television media campaign against his fellow rivals to win the elections.
The only man who can stop them is Purab Shastri (Ritesh). Believing in the same journalistic principles as Vijay, he will stop at nothing to report the truth to the people.
Director Ram Gopal Verma succeeds in creating a powerful and intense drama. It depicts the gritty behind-the-scenes world of media which audiences never get to see.
With a flawless script and well-etched out characters, Rann is intelligent cinema at its best.
The powerful dialogues are further heightened by the background musical score.
As the drama unfolds, there are enough thrilling moments full of suspense making the on-screen proceedings an enthralling and riveting watch.
However, there are too many sub-plots half-way through the film concentrating on many characters confusing the viewer.
Rann consists of some astounding performances led by Bollywood's versatile veteran, Amitabh Bachchan. He gives yet another surprising performance especially in the film's climax.
It is so refreshing to see Paresh Rawal and Reteish Desmukh in a serious role as they mostly appear in comedies.
But it is Sundeep who impresses us with his superfluous acting as Jay Malik standing tall alongside Bachchan and Rawal.
On the whole Rann is highly recommended for audiences appreciating serious and intellectual thought provoking cinema.
Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent