Why Cheat India is a crime drama film written and directed by Soumik Sen. The film talks about the reality of flawed Indian Education System and shows the struggles of students which they go through to complete their parents’ expectations.
The film revolves around Rakesh Singh (Emraan Hashmi), a con man, who provides a backdoor entry to undeserved rich students to get into premier institutes by exploiting the vulnerabilities of the system in exchange of a lot of money. He does it specifically by trapping clever but needy students, and by making them appear as a dummy for entrance exams in place of other students. The film’s story also involves one such boy named Satyendra Dubey (Sattu), who falls prey to Rakesh’s scam, what happens next forms the crux of the film.
The film talks on a really fresh and daring topic. The newness of the story is one of its plus points apart from the performances. Emraan Hashmi’s portrayal of a con man is flawless; he brings different shades to this character which makes it even more convincing and compelling. But the film falls behind on the front of storytelling, which gets really boring and messy towards the second half. The songs in the film do not complement the story, and actually makes the film slow-burning. Even if the film talks on the solid topic but fails to give a logical ending to it.
Verdict : The film is decent to watch for its performances and a fresh topic, but don’t expect more from it.
Rating : 3.2/5
Check trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2B6vjua8aK4
Not as Badass as it seems.
Baadshaho is the fictional action thriller directed by promising director Milan Lutharia reuniting the duo of Ajay Devgan and Emraan Hashmi from Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2010). And for the same reason expectations from this film are bit higher.
This period drama is inspired by real-life events during the Emergency and revolves around the armored truck full of gold. The story starts with young Rajput queen Rani Gitanjali Devi (Ileana D’Cruz) stands against the one who could impose emergency on the country. As the result of this enmity, the government takes charge of her royal gold treasure and locks her behind bars, which is then to be transported to Delhi in a truck no less than a battalion under the protection of army officer Seher Singh (Vidyut Jamwal). Then trustworthy loyal Bhawani (Ajay Devgan), who is Queen’s personal security in-charge and a lover set out on a heist to regain her gold treasure and royalty. In this heist, Bhawani takes help of a quirky all-rounder Dalia (Emraan Hashmi), all time drunk lock picker Tikla (Sanjay Mishra), and Queen’s loyal friend Sanjana (Esha Gupta). The story takes us to the ride of these mysterious characters whose loyalties remain unknown till the end with twists and turns in both characters and plots.
Ajay Dengan’s portrayal of angry action hero is intense and justifiable but seems familiar. Emraan Hashmi’s quirky dialogues and Sanjay Mishra’s accurate comic timing brings feel to some moments. The duo of Ileana and Esha are good maintaining their retro look as they did it in Rustom (2016) with just OK performances. Vidyut Jamwal tries to add some nicely done stunts and action sequences to the story; even his retro army officer look gives weight to the screen.
Even after having such a diverse and excellent star-cast this movie lacks some fundamental things like weaker script and its execution which offers zero novelty. On the ride of this, we get action, thrill, and romance but its central characters just feel shallow. It lacks the much needed high-octane climax. Characters are more defined by their dialogues than by their appearance/deeds. For such kind of heist-centric movie, not only characters and action but also precise moves are important.
Verdict : A good watch for action junkies if you can overlook some glitches here and there.
Rating : 2.5/5