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Rush – Movie Review

Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on October 27, 2012 | No Comments

PRODUCER – :Mohammad Fasih
DIRECTOR – Shamin Desai, Priyanka Desai
WRITER – Shamin Desai
CAST – Emraan Hashmi, Neha Dhupia, Sagarika Ghatge, Aditya Panscholi
MUSIC – Pritam Chakraborty

Amongst all themes of subversion, corruption probably makes for the best kind of drama. Corruption of personal values, a fraying moral fibre and the blurring of lines between right and wrong. Throw in ambition and greed, set it against a larger political and cultural context and a conventional recipe of edgy drama is ready. ‘Rush’ does something similar by pitting its ambitious, crime reporter hero against the forces of a corrupt media that will sensationalise anything and for the lack of it even create crime.

Emraan Hashmi plays Samar, a dare-devil crime reporter who is employed by a channel for his audacity. The big boss, Roger Khanna (Aditya Panscholi) is a media giant who thinks nothing of twisted ways to sell his breaking headlines. Fuelled by ambition, Samar allows himself to be sucked into Roger’s games until he realises he is in deep trouble. The game he thought he was heading has turned against him.

It is a taut film with riveting moments sprinkled liberally. Unfortunately, it misses out on the emotional highs that a story of a man’s ambitions gone wrong comes with. Suddenly showered with riches (Neha Dhupia as Kahanna’s right-hand employs him by offering him a lavish and car) and the attendant glamour of a high-flying lifestyle Samar begins to bask in what seems to be a dream-come-true. Only to realise the nature of the foundations on which it is all based on. But we have seen it all before. In Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, Bas Itna Sa Khwaab Hain, Shikhar and more recently Blood Money. Hence, despite all its good intentions Rush remains a familiar film without an emotional core with just racy twists in the plot that are forgettable as soon as done with.

Over the years and despite a serial-kisser label, Emraan Hashmi has emerged as a somewhat dependable hero. Sporting a French beard and well-fitting suits, he manages to make Samar convincing. Neha Dhupia invests gravity and glamour in her role and Sagarika Ghatge as the romantic interest unfortunately has little to do to justify her distinct screen presence. As for Aditya Panscholi, he seems less menacing and more trying too hard in yet another outing as the bad guy. Pritam’s music is serviceable, a mere stringing of mandatory notes to provide the mandatory tunes to a superficial thriller.

Media’s machinations make for gripping drama. Films like Rann, Peepli Live and No One Killed Jessica have in their own ways emphasised the power it wields. The theme has enough merit to explore the skewed nature of the fourth estate in relation to our lives. Rush however uses the drama merely to create temporary thrills that a cat-and-mouse game generates.

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