Tag Archive: Media


The Blanched Media!!

The classic case of Media rampage is on the roll-out these days if you are clearly watching the News TV channels and reading the newspapers. With IPL gate and Naxal menace doing the rounds, every other media company is trying to grab a share of the limelight.

The best thing about a News TV channel or a newspaper is that they don’t create content at all. In fact, they derive it and present to us in a sensational and thought-altering manner. In that respect, Movies and News are not too different although they are two different things. News channels have a knack of presenting facts in a fictional manner which would make them appear larger-than-life. Viewers and readers take these facts/news on Face-value rather than analyzing them deeply. A case in point are the bomb blasts/terrorist attacks which happen both in India and Pakistan. The Indian Media always projects Pakistan as a terrorist state regardless of the fact that the current Pakistani landscape has become a battleground between the terrorists and the military forces; it has become a victim rather than a perpetrator of violence and terrorism. On the other hand, although the Pakistani media recognizes the role of Pakistan in the yesteryears of unleashing these “Freedom Fighters” upon the Indian soil, it also blames RAW and IB of India of their role in perpetrating mutual discord between various Pakistani factions, the most prominent of which happened in Baluchistan, which caught the media eye for a brief while. I sometimes think media is a part of the external affairs ministry of any country, be it India or Pakistan.

Hence, what media projects itself as to the public eye and what it really is are completely different things. The media needs to be objective in its reasoning and analysis as well as presentation of facts. It may come up with scenarios, speculations and larger-than-life images; but the fact remains that it shapes and nurtures the thoughts of a billion Indians; and only from these thoughts, ideasĀ  grow; actions are taken and life is governed.

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Review: RANN

RGV has carved a niche for himself in the Indian Film Industry by producing movies pertaining to real-world issues similar to what Madhur Bhandarkar has done before. And RANN is the latest effort in this foray. His earlier movies like SARKAR and SARKAR RAJ were good hits and found accord with the Indian audience. But, unfortunately, RANN could not repeat the success of its predecessors.

RANN is a film completely based on the histrionics of today’s Media. It is all about how people heading Media Channels, politicians and business magnates collude with each other to sensationalize news, create controversies, uproot governments and rake in the moolah. In the end, what matters is “How much one is getting one’s worth”. RGV sends a strong message through this film: It’s all about the money, honey. But apparently, there are also some genuinely good, nice people who don’t compromise on principles and find solace in exposing the truth from a completely objective point of view. Amitabh Bacchan and Ritesh Deshmukh play such characters. On the other hand, there are people like Mohnish Behl (Head of Rival TV Channel), Paresh Rawal (Politician) and Rajat Kapoor (Businessman) who can do everything and anything to satisfy their desires. Hence, the demarcation between good and evil gets established almost from the beginning. In between these two kinds of people are the scapegoats who due to some misfortune, get embedded and trapped to do “the wrong things” for the “greater perceived good/cause”. Aptly, the powerful dialogue from Paresh Rawal comes almost at the end: “There are two kinds of people in the world: Lions and Goats”.

The media has been made to look villainous for the first time in this movie and the way it has been shaping people’s sentiments has been strictly questioned. The last announcement made by Amitabh Bacchan in the climax scene contains some very powerful opinions and comments on the mannerisms of today’s media and the act was performed with exemplary versatility and dedication. Ritesh Deshmukh sets another example in showing how courage and persistence can go a long way in destabilizing the webs of deceit and treachery through exposure of concrete truth.

The cinematography was emblematic of earlier RGV movies with a mixture of camera techniques used to beautifully capture strong emotions and make evident the subtle symbolisms present in every scene.

I admit here that the plot had loopholes and may be the way media functions has been wrongly depicted. But, if you see the big picture and don’t get carried away by minuscule details, the I think this movie is worth a shot for at least a single watch.