Genre: Drama, Social, Thriller
Release Date: 18th January, 2019
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary
Writer/Director: Soumik Sen
Producer/s: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Parveen Hashmi, Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar
Why Cheat India Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Ammar Taalwala
Director: Soumik Sen
What’s Good: If you’ll watch ‘entertainment as entertainment’ you’ll find the following things good – Emraan Hashmi’s wickedly amazing presence, very smartly penned hilarious dialogues & few revelations of which few of us will not be aware of regarding the education system
What’s Bad: The story is flawed & hence you’ll find a loophole very frequently, very fluctuating graph juggling to keep the pace right & justifying the light blemishes in the script
Loo Break: Forget the movie, you’ve Emraan mouthing the dialogues in his trademarked style – you will not want to miss this sight
Watch or Not?: If you can leave your inner intellectual at home and come alone to enjoy, you should surely watch it
Rakesh Singh (Emraan Hashmi), a scamster, is a kingpin of a group executing the cheats happening in the top exams throughout the country. He hunts down a scholar student in Satyendra Dubey (Snighadeep Chatterjee) convinces him to write the exams for rich spoilt brats. This inaugurates the easy and grey way for Satyendra aka Sattu to earn money.
He continues to work for Rakesh and finally, after a point of time, he breaks down and surrenders to the pressure. Rakesh, in a shock, moves ahead from that incident and that’s when he starts getting into multiple legal issues. The rest of the story revolves around Rakesh explaining to the world why he’s doing nothing wrong.
Why Cheat India Movie Review: Script Analysis
Soumik Sen’s story is weak. It had every potential of being a solid blockbuster having a massive connect. Whoever has read or heard about the film somewhere knows what the story will all be about, but yes, there are certain revelations coming in as a surprise. The problem with the script is it gets too monotonous and hence drags at places. Also, there’s a huge Jannat hangover in the second half.
Emraan Hashmi’s performance saves the movie from falling into a totally unbearable zone. Alphonse Roy’s camera is wobbly in many sequences; its angles are so weird so they derail you from a good scene. Soumik Sen along with Mishkka Shekhawat pen some very interesting dialogues adding to the pluses of the film. Yes, there will be people bashing some factual aspects of the film – why can’t you just enjoy the fun?
Why Cheat India Movie Review: Star Performance
Emraan Hashmi – this man can carry a cliched moustache better than anyone else around. He just tricks you into his charm and makes you believe that he must be the same in real life too. As Rakesh Singh, he’s wicked and grey. He convinces you to trust him that he’s this era’s Robinhood.
Shreya Dhanwanthary is outstanding in the second half; don’t miss out on her in a breakdown scene. She looks & acts cute but excels in the scenes that demand the display of expressions. Snighadeep Chatterjee as Sattu delivers a believable and important performance. You can see a genuine and sincere Engineering student in him without any gimmicks.
Manuj Sharma as Rakesh’s friend Bablu lacks to provide a desired supporting performance because of poor writing. He’s a very good actor and we know what he can bring to the table. Special mention for the actress who plays Emraan’s wife in the film, her character is hilarious and we deserved more such ones.
Why Cheat India Movie Review Quicker: The movie starts with Rakesh Singh (Emraan Hashmi) narrating the tale of a scholar student Satyendra Dubey. Rakesh leads a group of people who make sure that people with money get the degree.
After a heroic entry in a theatre, Rakesh gets close to Satyendra aka Satu and convinces him to writes exams for those who rich students aren’t able to clear them on their own. Amidst the pressure, Satu breaks down and an incident leads to build up the curiosity for the second half.
The story, though heard many-a-times, intrigues your interest in it. Hashmi’s electrifying presence and few entertaining dialogues mould the story well in the first half. Till now, the story just builds the grey shade of Rakesh’s side. The pre-interval moment gives a hint of Rakesh getting a reality check and that’s where the makers will try to cash-in through the second half.
Why Cheat India is about the education system and how it’s corrupted from within. It marks Emraan’s debut as a producer. He features in the project alongside actress Shreya Dhanwanthary. In the film, Emraan plays Rakesh, who is heading a nexus where he gives merit seats to undeserving students to earn money.
Directed by Soumik Sen, Why Cheat India is scheduled to release on January 18. It was earlier due to hit the screens on January 25 along with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Thackeray. Stick to this space to read the full review.