Cast and Crew : Anupam Kher,Jimmy Shergill,Himansh kohli
Director : Sattwik Mohanty
Movie Rating :2.5/5
Sattwik Mohanty’s directorial comes off as a random assemblage of scenes– in forests (that’s where the ‘Naxals’ live), a large mansion (that’s where the bad guy stays), police chowkis, and a crumbling building which is meant to house a bank.
What can you say about a film which starts and ends this badly? Ranchi Diaries leaves you trying to define pointlessness.
We know the film is set in Ranchi not just because of its name, but because every single character from veteran Anupam Kher to Satish Kaushik to Jimmy Shergill to a bunch of younger actors is made to speak in the supposed local lingo. And they all sound like they are in elocution class.
You get the feeling that this was meant to be a quirky hinterland heist saga, taking off from Ocean’s 11, to which there’s a clunky reference. But this comes off as a random assemblage of scenes– in forests (that’s where the ‘Naxals’ live), a large mansion (that’s where the bad guy stays), police chowkis, and a crumbling building which is meant to house a bank—trying to pass off as a film.
Sattwik Monanty is a subtle writer, but has a very distorted vision. The film, which was touted to be a comic thriller, will leave you scratching your head. Though the film has a few comic punches and fillers which are a breath of fresh air, the moment you realise they exist, they seem to vanish off. Sattwik tells a small-town tale of a silly robbery in the most boring way. There is no head and tail to the entire film.
The songs and the styling of the lead cast are a major misfit. They sound and look too urban for a city like Ranchi. No matter, Sattwik has saved the film by maintaining the Bihari dialect throughout, but still the film misses out on the entertainment factor. There are high chances of you leaving the theatre way before the film even hits the climax.
Himansh Kohli, who marked his acting debut with Yaariyan, should surely think of an alternate career. From his dialect to mannerisms, he looks disconnected as Monu. Soundarya Sharma looks too glamorous for her role as wannabe fashion queen Gudiya. The funniest thing is the way she slips in and out of the role when a song comes. Taaha Shah looks better than the other two for sure. He looks a little more convincing as a local. Anupam Kher is completely wasted in the film. Seems he got too busy in handling the production of the film.
Jimmy Sheirgill, who plays a sincere cop, is a treat to watch in this sinking ship. He is raw and funny as a helpless and honest policeman. Satish Kaushik just goes off in a blink of an eye.
Overall, Ranchi Diaries is a case of a nervous breakdown or even a psychological disorder. Enter the theatres at your own risk or else skip this weekend and wait for Diwali releases rather. Stay healthy and avoid Ranchi Diaries!