Rating: 1.5/5 (One and Half Stars)
Star Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Neha Dhupia, Sagarika Ghatge, Aditya Pancholi, Murli Sharma
What’s Good: Hashmi’s decent performance, Eye-candy Chak De India star Sagarika Ghatge on screen after a hiatus, JazzyB’s song Fukraa
What’s Bad: Botched up Screenplay, Too much Dialogue-baazi, lack of intensity.
Loo Breaks: Quite a few.
Watch or Not: Watch it ‘only’ if you are an Emraan Hashmi fan.
Rush directed by Late Shamin Desai and completed by his wife Priyanka is a tale of an ambitious investigative news reporter Samar Grover who is trying hard to make it big in the corridors of Crime News. It leads him to awry sequences and he ends up being gagged, caged and bound (as Neha Dhupia’s character Lisa would call it), a news piece which costs him his job at Pulse 360, his news channel. However, in a rebound, he lands up a top job with a rival channel. But why has God been so grateful to him all of a sudden? Why is he being offered a Rs.1.5 Crore package + perks on a platter? Is it all for good or there’s a murky twist, an underlying truth to it?
Sadly, Rush doesn’t live up to the intensity that you would expect from a ‘thriller’, there are tried and tested set-pieces and the same old plot of an ambitious guy at the wrong side of play. Watch it only if you are an Emraan Hashmi fan.
Rush Review: Script Analysis
The harsh, crude realities of the life in media and the fake glitz and glamour have already been discovered by movies like Rann, Blood Money, Page 3 and Peepli Live in modern times. It’s here that Rush fails to deliver anything new. The wars for TRPs and cut throat competitions are out in open and ‘sensationalism’ and ‘the breaking news’ are the key words one must remember, almost every character harps the same old story.
Rush Review: Star Performances
Emraan Hashmi as the Crime Reporter trying to mark a strong foothold for himself is fine and is the best of the lot, some good dialogues guaranteed (a couple of kisses too!). There’s a point in the movie when one can’t help but feel that why such a product had to come after some great performances by Hashmi in The Dirty Picture and Shanghai, well, this one had waited to be released since quite some time. The movie fails as there isn’t much to brag about the other actors in the fray. Neha Dhupia as Lisa, the other woman, is suave and sensual at parts, and comes up with a decent outing.
Sagarika Ghatge after a long gap is seen on screen once again. She is all dolled up and looks pretty but her acting skills are a bit unpolished. Perhaps, there wasn’t much to do anyway. Aditya Pancholi as Roger Khanna, trying to be a tough tycoon comes up as the dullest of them all. He is unconvincing at parts, his performance in ‘Dum Maaro Dum’ was much better. Murli Sharma, yes you have seen him before in those Rohit Shetty sequels and also in Chakravyuh, plays a cameo in the role of a sharp-shooter, we’ll look forward to more from his side in times to come.
Rush Review: Direction, Music & Technical Aspects
Taking into view that Priyanka Desai finished the work left half done by Late Shamin Desai, the direction is ‘okay’. What the film lacks though is an action packed background score and the intensity and the grip you would associate with potboilers. It turns out to be a lacklustre outing with a dull screenplay. There’s a point in the first half where you have 2 back to back songs packed in a gap of 10 minutes, with Hashmi romancing a lady apiece! Goodness gracious! To add to this, there are dialogues and too much of it, yes, the movie tends to be preachy at times. The cinematography though is a thing to talk about and in one of the songs you would wish how a paints manufacturer would have benefited if there was an in – film advertising done!
Rush Review: The Last Word
Rush is a half baked, uninspiring flick that evokes no response. The below average movie deserves a 1.5* from my desk. Watch it ‘only’ if you are an Emraan Hashmi fan.
But in my point of view this reporter definitely needed a better script to hit the Home Run.
Rush released on 26th October, 2012.
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