Emraan pass rest fail (despite cheating )
Now known as Why Cheat India a Soumik Sen’s film is story of amorality one that involves finding loopholes in systems and institutions and plugging them with thick wads of money. Why Cheat India throws light on how unsuspecting students and their desperate parents fall into the trap of cheating to get through competitive entrance exams. The movie opens in the 1990s narrating the story of Rakesh Singh played by Emraan Hashmi is a scam tycoon who exploits the national obsession for scoring high marks and merit lists to his advantage.
He pushes undeserving candidates into engineering and medical colleges by getting smarter students to take their examinations for them. This omnipresent scammer keeps a close watch on the family backgrounds of toppers and often exploits their adversities whether its family debt or other financial crises thereby luring these brilliant minds into a never ending web of crime.
The movie opens up when a bright topper Satyendra (Snighdadeep Chatterjee), gets on a merit list for an engineering college. His ecstatic family and friends turn up to congratulate him with garlands and freebies, but Rakesh the con man has something better to offer, lots of money, and a better lifestyle one that Satyendra’s father can ever afford.
The script has also been written by Soumik Sen which despite being disjointed and overstretched, manages to double up both as an expose of the problems that plague the examination system and a commentary on the failure of a generation to secure the future of the next one.
Writer-director Soumik Sen had a fantastic concept in his hand. However, his clumsy writing and inconsistent screenplay fails to do justice to the film. Moving to the performances, Why Cheat India is an out-and-out Emraan Hashmi film. The actor adds his own touch and layers in his character of a scamster who like a chameleon changes his colour and leaves you guessing what’s his next move in the film.
An Emraan Hashmi film is incomplete without his whistle worthy bombastic liners and Why Cheat India has a couple of them.”Mujhe hero banne ki koi ichha nahi hai, villain banne ka bilkul time nahi hain, khiladi hoon, khel raha hoon.” Debutante Shreya Dhanwantary shows promise and shines in few scenes. Snigdhadeep Chatterjee puts up a convincing act as Satyendra Dubey aka Sattu.
Y. Alphonse Roy’s cinematography works, however Dipika Kalra’s editing looks a bit jarred at places. Emraan Hashmi films are known and remembered for its music, but in this case barring Phir Mulaaqat, none of the songs stay back with you.
Why Cheat India hasn’t ticked with the audience in the real sense instead ticked them off. Emraan Hashmi’s confident performance keeps you entertained through and through. If only Soumik Sen’s writing and direction had a little more sharpness to it!
Because at the end of the day being crafty also demands a craft.