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Rush review: Mediocre fare!

Rush review: Mediocre fare!

Source: Sify

By: Sonia C

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Saturday 27 October 2012

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Movie Title

Rush

Director

Shamin Desai

Star Cast

Emraan Hashmi, Neha Dhupia, Sagarika Ghatge, Aditya Pancholi

For some time Emraan Hashmi, given the derogatory title of 'Serial Kisser', has been pushing the envelope when it comes to his performances.

Whether it's his power-packed act in Shanghai or the relatively toned down role in The Dirty Picture, Hashmi has come a long way as an actor. Perhaps it's now time he chooses his films more wisely.

In Rush too, he does well, but the film itself is on shaky ground. The film is ambitious in terms of the issues it tries to raise: corruption, the workings of the media and violence.

However there's only so much you can do with simplistic storytelling.

The story follows media, politics, crime and romance at the point of life and death. Samar Grover (Emraan Hashmi) is a struggling news reporter. Even though his talk show is at the pinnacle of success, his personal life turns upside down when he accepts an assignment offered by rival media tycoons (Aditya Pancholi, Neha Dhupia).

It plunges him into a world full of glamour, money and power. But as they say, all that glitters is not gold.

That the film has not been completely thought through is evident in its miniscule yet jarring errors, like messing up designations (editor-in-charge). (When was the last time you saw a TV news journalist endorsing a product?).

The film then shows how the TV channels goes to audacious lengths to grab viewer eyeballs. The film will have you think back to the 2010 Amitabh Bachchan-starrer Rann that also revolved around the workings of a news channel. It's interesting to note how films have taken to portraying the media in the recent past. It's almost as if they've found a brand new punching bag.

Shamin Desai's Rush looks like a rushed job especially when it comes to getting nuances right. The subject, treated like a sensational one, is frankly outdated.

The dubious workings of a section of the media is a story that would have raise eyebrows perhaps a decade ago. And the story of a young ambitious man who pays the price for taking a short-cut to success has already been explored in films like Jannat and Blood Money.

Debut director Shamin Desai makes a film that seems too dated in several aspects. There are portions that are ably handled and have a unique style, but they are few and far between.

The cast does well. Emraan Hashmi is competent as the man who is a victim of his own ambitions. Neha Dhupia is earnest.

Aditya Pancholi, on screen after a hiatus does fairly well (though honestly, who has a name like Roger Khanna? Murli Sharma (seen in every second film these days, and deservedly so), is dependably good.

So there you have it. An average film that could have been an engaging one. Mediocre fare.

Rating: 2 stars

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