Ram Gopal Varma
Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh, Paresh Rawal, Mohan Pandey, Mohnish Behl, Suchitra Krishnamurthy, Rajat Kapoor, Gul Panag, Neetu Chandra, Rajpal Yadav
means battle, a fight between large organised forces. In the context of a civil society and its complexities, these forces — the media, political parties and industrial czars — are not just involved in a fight with each other, but more importantly and frighteningly, they are also waging a war within themselves. And this is true for news agencies. The movie gives a glimpse into the battle of ideals within the journalism fraternity — on one side are those who want to uphold the truth and integrity of newsmaking, while on the other are those who are driven by the lure of money, power, success and quick fame at the cost of truth.
The movie shows the idealistic, Harvard-educated Harshvardhan Malik (played by Amitabh Bachchan), founder of the
country’s first private news channel, India 24/7. In stark contrast of ideals is his son, Jay. He’s a go-getter who sees his father’s news channel as a money-making enterprise that must stay ahead of the competition — at the risk of hiding, glossing over or sensationalising news. The plot weaves in two other powerful forces that exert an influence over news agencies — political parties and industrialist/ business enterprises — both of which are equally thirsty for money, power and fame.
Important characters in the movie include Purab Shastri (Riteish Deshmukh), a young journalist who believes the media should report, not manufacture, news; Mohan Pandey (Paresh Rawal), the an ambitious politician; Amrish Kakkar (Mohnish Behl), who has capitalised on the entertaining aspect of news; and Naveen Shankalya (Rajat Kapoor), son-in-law of Harshvardhan Malik and a top industrialist who wants to be number one in the country. Rann exposes the behind-the-scenes truth of how a truth telling machinery and shows how it becomes a corrupt money-making and power-brokering enterprise.