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
Blackmail is the dark comedy-drama film co-produced and directed by Abhinay Deo. The film has a flavor of Abhinay Dev’s previously directed exceptionally brilliant film Delhi Belly (2011). The film stars Irrfan Khan in a lead role, his versatility in his performances, and peculiarity in picking his roles is enough to drag movie lovers to the theatres.
The film revolves around the unexciting life of Dev (Irrfan Khan), a middle-aged married man stuck in a full day-time job. One fine day, Dev decides to give a sweet surprise to his wife Reena (Kirti Kulhari) by coming home early, but things turn sore after he finds that his wife is having an extramarital affair. Broken Dev, being not so common person, rather going for any obvious reactions he picks to secretly blackmail his wife and her lover as a form of revenge. What follows next is the not so ordinary film filled with black comedy and unexpected turns of events with quirky fun-filled characters.
The best thing about this film is that the film has managed to balance it’s funny, emotional, dramatic, and dark comedy moments really well, it never seems overlapping, and that’s the reason it is worth watching. The plot of the film is very unique, and the characters arcs are totally refreshing and engaging. The film has its own flaws, and there are some loose ends, but writers have managed to give a satisfactory full stop to the story. Irrfan’s character is so uncommon, who does some really funny and sometimes dark and unexpected things, and he has given full justice to it.
Verdict : Despite it’s flaws, the film has pulled very fresh and unconventional topic brilliantly.
Rating : 3.7/5