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‘Why Cheat India’ Review: Emraan Hashmi starrer fails to convey a strong social message

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Mumbai, Jan 18: Great films are conversation starters and game changers; mediocre ones are like dull lectures, one-sided. This one is the latter and not at a very good college.

Director Soumik Sen’s “Why Cheat India”, subtly exposes the appalling underbelly of the education system in our country.

Here’s the film’s Review:

Film: “Why Cheat India”

Director: Soumik Sen

Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary, Ammar Taalwala, Snigdhadeep Chatterjee

Rating: **1/2 (2 and half star)

The narrative begins circa 1998. Satyendra Dubey aka Sattu (Snigdhadeep Chatterjee) is a studious boy from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, who studies in Kota, the hub of coaching classes for competitive exams. On successfully clearing his exams, he is abound by offers, mostly by dubious people running coaching classes.

Soon, he gets lured by the smooth operator Rakesh Singh aka Rocky (Emraan Hashmi), a con-man who runs a flourishing business that allows education scams to flourish in the country.

His modus operandi is to enrol bright students to crack the question papers or write proxy exams for rich spoilt students who are unable to score. Alternately, he is a genius in producing fake documents or degrees. How Rakesh Singh gets exposed, forms the crux of the narrative.

Part of the genius of the film, is that it unfolds at a deliberate pace. While the first half is engaging, it manages to build a solid set-up, the second half indulges in a romance angle. Despite deviating from the flow, the plot does not lose focus. In fact, playing safe, the film is careful to keep a distance from controversies and to some degree is truthful to the subject (One of the first slide of the narrative states that the film is a hybrid of facts and fiction).

Emraan Hashmi plays the classic anti-hero Rakesh Singh to the hilt. He is a charmer and is sincere in his performance despite being a rotter, bounder and an opportunist.

He is aptly supported by Snigdhadeep Chatterjee as Sattu and Shreya Dhanwanthary as Sattu’s sister and Emraan’s love interest Nupur. They are both natural and impressive in their debut performance. The other noticeable character in the film is Rakesh’s lackey who acts like a buffoon while assisting him in his endeavours.

The music is insignificant and goes unheard in the narrative.

Overall, with its moderate production values the film manages to keep you engaged for most of its run time. But considering its strong social message it is supposed to convey, the film fails to leave an impact.

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Los Angeles, July 12 : Actress-singer Jennifer Lopez has dropped hints about collaborating with singer Maluma on a new song.

The 50-year-old pop star hinted at releasing new music when she posted a series of pictures with Maluma on Instagram, reports dailymail.co.uk.

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The ace ”Selena” star accessorised with large hoop earrings and her engagement ring.

The 26-year-old recording artist wore a white floral jumpsuit and held onto a red bandana in his hand. Each of them appeared to be holding sheet music as they are seen laughing together on a couch.

Maluma also uploaded another picture from the collaborative session on his Instagram page. In the image, they are seen deep in focus. Though each of them teased the impending collaboration, neither Lopez or Maluma revealed the song”s name. But many fans feel that the song can be for the pair”s upcoming romantic comedy film “Marry Me”.

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Taking to Instagram, Madhuri penned a lengthy post, expressing her love for Saroj Khan and remembering how the late artiste made her groove to “Maar Daala”.

“Today as we mark #18YearsOfDevdas, I dedicate it to the force behind one of my finest dance performances in the film to Saroj ji.”

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Saroj Khan breathed her last on July 3.

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