When a city boy (Manoj Bidwai) visits a village – in which men traditionally make their sisters and daughters work as prostitutes – he falls in love with a girl (Ritisha Vijayvargya) who is yet to be initiated into this rivaaz (tradition). When he attempts to defy the tradition, things start to unravel. Find out more in the review.
Business rating: 0.5/5 star
Star cast: Deepti Naval, Ritisha Vijayvargya, Manoj Bidwai, Alok Nath, Reema, Sayaji Shinde, Vijay Raaz.
What’s Good: Hardly anything.
What’s Bad: The poorly written screenplay; the boring drama; the pathetic direction; the average performances; and the forgettable music.
Verdict: Rivaaz is a very poor fare. Flop.
Loo break: Several.
Watch or Not?: Watch it at your own risk.
Deeksha Screen Entertainment and Laurel Entertainment’s Rivaaz explores the issue of family prostitution – a tradition, followed by certain communities in India, under which sisters and daughters of the family are forced into prostitution, with the men-folk acting as pimps.
City boy Rahul (Manoj Bidwai) goes to a village to attend the marriage of his close friend’s sister. He is horrified when he discovers that the villagers follow the archaic tradition of family prostitution and that the same has the tacit sanction of the local mukhiya (Alok Nath), the police inspector (Yashpal Sharma) and the local landlord, Thakur Ranjit Singh (Sayaji Shinde). In fact, Thakur Ranjit Singh is a regular customer of the girls from the village and has made a record-breaking deal worth Rs. one lakh for Bela (Ritisha Vijayvargya), a virgin.
Incidentally, Rahul falls in love with Bela and, with the help of local pimp (Vijay Raaz), he manages to meet Bela in secret and convince her that he loves her. Bela reciprocates his feelings and wants to break free of the village tradition and marry Rahul. Later on, Rahul learns that Bela has already been sold to the Thakur, who is, in fact, his friend’s father. But Rahul says nothing to his friend. Soon, Rahul and Bela’s affair is revealed and the panchyat decides to kill them both as they have broken the village tradition. However, Rahul’s friend arrives in the nick of time and saves him from death. Bela’s father (Rajendra Gupta) also pleads with the panchayat to let Bela go so that he can keep his contract with the Thakur. Rahul promises Bela that he will return to save her. What happens next? Does Rahul reveal the truth to his friend that the latter’s father sleeps with the young girls of the village? What about his promise to Bela? Does Bela’s father keep his contract with the Thakur? What happens to the tradition of family prostitution in the village? The rest of the film and the climax answer these questions.
Rivaaz Review – Script Analysis
Ashok Nanda and Rakesh Chandra Saroj’s story is based on a vexatious issue and it had a lot of potential for drama. However, the screenplay, penned by Rakesh Chandra Saroj, is poorly written and makes no sense most of the times. Many of the dramatic scenes have been conceptualised and executed in such a shoddy manner that the audience loses interest right from the word ‘go’. As a result, the audience is never engaged in the drama or never feels the emotions that the characters are going through. Moreover, several characters and sub-plots in the film lead to nowhere. For example, the character of the village goon (Upendra Limaye) and the brutal killing of his grandmother at his hands; that of the honest police officer who turns corrupt; or that of the pimp’s love interest – all these make no sense at all. The climax, too, is predictable and very convenient. The dialogues, also penned by Rakesh Chandra Saroj, are clichéd and create no impact at all on the audience. The forced and repeated use of the word ‘rivaaz’ in the dialogues is irritating. In fact, half an hour into the movie, the audience starts wincing in frustration as the film’s sorry plot starts to unfold.
Rivaaz Review – Star Performances
The star cast of Rivaaz looks good on paper. However, it fails to deliver on screen. Manoj Bidwai leaves the audience aghast with his average looks and his deeply traumatising performance. Ritisha Vijayvargya has neither the looks nor the talent. Deepti Naval is wasted in the role of Bela’s mother. Reema is ordinary in the role of Thakur Ranjit Singh’s wife. Vijay Raaz does well in an inconsequential role. Alok Nath, Rajendra Gupta and Sayaji Shinde do average jobs. Mushtaq Khan, Upendra Limaye and Yashpal Sharma aren’t even average in their short roles. Sambhavana Seth is alright in an item song. Saadhika Randhawa (as the pimp’s love interest) and Manoj Verma offer poor support.
Rivaaz Review – Direction & Music
Ashok Nanda’s direction is terrible. He is unable to get the audience interested in the drama even for a single moment. Plus, his narrative style belongs to an era gone by. He is unable to extract any meaningful contributions from his cast. Four songs in the film add zero value to it. In other words, music, by Raj Inder Raj and Reeg Deb, is below average. The background score is poor. Ramesh Nautiyal’s cinematography is just about alright. Action scenes, composed by Buta Singh, are poorly executed. Editing, by Uma Shankar Mishra, could have been much better.
Rivaaz Review – Verdict
On the whole, Rivaaz will meet with a disastrous fate at the box-office.