February 18, 2010

The Media Owns Us

I watched the movie Rann of 2010 a little time ago, about two weeks ago and did not bother to sit down and write about it until I saw that MNIK, (My Name is Khan ) started making the hit all over the world, I sat down to write about what I would consider a better movie. First of all, though I have not seen "My Name Is Khan", I read through other's comments, other's reviews and synopsis and found it though true before, it does not occur much now. Well, this is single and racially projected to one kind of human, mostly to the Muslims and to the Muslims abroad. But if we try to find a clear picture of what it is around all over, I think this would not be the correct picture.

Thus, I come to talk about Rann, a 2010 film in Hindi by Ram Gopal Varma. First I will start by giving off the synopsis from Wikipedia.org:

Vijay Malik (Amitabh Bachchan), the ethical CEO of struggling television channel India 24/7, is losing the ratings battle with a rival channel headed by Amrish Kakkar (Mohnish Behl). Malik's son Jai (Sudeep) makes a deal with a wealthy and corrupt politician, Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), to frame the Prime Minister (played by K K Raina) for being complicit in a terror attack. Pandey can then take over the position and Jai will have enough money to start his own channel. Jai's brother-in-law (played by Rajat Kapoor) supports Mohan Pandey because he wants to become the biggest industrialist in the country and Pandey could help him by framing such policies. Jai shoots a short video featuring his friend Khanna and a close friend of the PM. This meeting is staged and the PM's friend, under duress, says that the PM was involved in plotting a bomb blast so as to create fear and panic among the people so that he could get a bill passed. Jai convinces his father that the story is true and believing it to be so, Malik airs it on his network. The scandal rocks the nation and elections are held in which Mohan Pandey wins. He becomes the PM. However, one of Malik's reporters, Purab (Ritesh Deshmukh), discovers the plot. He initially approaches Amrish Kakkar with a request to air his findings on the news. Amrish, though, cuts a deal with Mohan Pandey and does not air the CD. Purab then tells his boss of his findings on the day his son is getting engaged. Malik goes on air one final time and confesses the wrongdoings of his son, son-in-law and exposes Mohan Pandey. Unable to bear the guilt, Jai commits suicide. Mohan Pandey denies his role in the scandal. Malik steps down as the CEO of the news channel and hands over the baton to the reporter who exposed the truth.

This maybe is only saying a part of the story, and the rest is through what I had seen in the film. Then in the critical reception says: 
Rann received good reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh praised the film and its cast, especially Amitabh Bachchan.[5] Nikhat Kazmi of the Times of India gave the film four stars, calling it a "riveting experience."[6] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL gave the film 3.5 out of a possible 5 and said, "Overall, ‘Rann’ is quite an inspirational fare. It might just teach you to own up and admit that you were wrong at point." [7]

Other critics were less approving of the film. Rajeev Masand criticised the film as being poorly researched and as "boring and predictable". [8] Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times called Rann an "exercise in corniness" [9] while other critics complained that the film is cliché[10] with a poor script and shallow characters.[11] It was also panned by critics for lack of research. Also, Ritesh Deshmukh's dressing sense left a lot to be desired. He was perpetually seen in a half-sleeve sweater whereas all the others were dressed casually.
Rann is not a inspirational but in my opinion, the truth of South Asia and maybe throughout the world. Or else, if we look at the United States, at least in New York City, we could see that free media has transformed into a governmental agency where we never see world news even through it might be said that it is called "World News." Only for those events that involve the United States, we see the So-called "world" which is mostly involving Iraq, Iran and Afganistan. Well maybe this is still some concept of World news, then what else do we see?

Turn on the television,  look at the local news from around 5 to 6 o' clock where it is not even local news one might call it, it is less than that. I only gives the news of how the celebrities are which for many sounds interesting, mostly for the ones who keep up with the gossiping news and rumors (entertainment) but how much time does that take? Maybe the big chunk of the news is concentrated with rumors or entertainment, with sports, and other local issues, not to be concentrated with the world at all.

Well, now it might be understood why Bangladeshi minister Mosaddek Ali Falu wanted to be the "King of Media" because if he was, then he would be able to control people's feelings and although he tried with his television channels and newspaper, I would not proclaim him to be the victorious. Though I applause him for this event, I would not consider him to win every single's heart into his politics. This is the same as what was portrayed in the film Rann, playing with money as you play with politics and the ordinary people called Aam Log in the film. Thus, though not convicing all throughout, I would consider this film over like My Name is Khan.