The narrative of Ranchi Diaries is so confused and chaotic that even the filmmakers seem to be lost about the direction and reason for their work.
Ranchi Diaries movie review: Anupam Kher and Jimmy Shergill are wasted talents in the film.
Director: Sattwik Mohanty
Cast: Anupam Kher, Jimmy Shergill, Soundarya Sharma, Satish Kaushik, Himansh Kohli, Pitobash
With Gangs of Wasseypur, Anurag Kashyap created a genre of dark humour and crime stories occur small towns. Sattwik Mohanty’s Ranchi Diaries is the laziest attempt we have observed in the genre.
The film revolves around a young girl who would like to become a famous pop singer and her friends. How her friends land in big trouble, because of a corrupt politician who is attracted to the girl and exactly how they escape from his clutches forms the entire narrative.
The film’s narrative is so confused and chaotic that even the filmmakers seem to be lost about the direction and purpose of their work. The film lacks coherence and there is no method behind its madness.
You would expect seasoned actors like Jimmy Shergill and Anupam Kher, who have proved their acting abilities often over, to get something as basic as their diction right. Alas, they don’t really. Actually, Ranchi Diaries shows people speaking ‘Bihari Hindi’ within an English accent. Only two young actors in the entire movie get it right. In conditions of performances too, everyone appears to be sleepwalking through the film.
The film comes armed with enough clunky references – local goons roam around in an old van as a Hindi ode to Godfather plays in the backdrop; there is also a Hindi poster of the Hollywood classic. They would like to take tips from a book called “Mahasagar Gyarah” as they plan a bank robbery.
From ‘naxali gang’ to corrupt politicians, lazy cops to street-smart local goons and even ‘jihadi farishtey’, there are several occasions when we wait, and hope, that the film will yet redeem itself. It does not even try.
This is a film which when called to dive headlong into action, prefers to chew paan in a corner. Jimmy Shergil’s character properly describes the listlessness that ails Ranchi Diaries. He plays a officer who is supposed to catch robbers holed up inside a bank. Instead of doing something, anything, to catch them, he prefers to sit in a jeep all night beyond your bank.