Cheat india Full movie Review: Emraan Hashmi Film Has a noteworthy Premise however Lacks Urgency

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It had been to be released the Censors demanded that the makers of Cheat india attach the word Why to its title, presumptively as a result of the first title sounded a lot like a call to action, a command. and are available on, you cant have a movie actively encouraging the world to swindle the great India, can you?

Why Cheat india, on the opposite hand, sounds too generic, and punctuation wise its off. Is it asking a matter as in why do Indians, tend to cheat? Thats a difficult one; they may be here all day. No, I suspect, that like movie critics, the Censors too might need been bored out of their skull watching this film. The new title, therefore, may be an expression of frustration as if questioning the requirement for this film Why, Cheat India???

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But jokes aside, the movie, directed by Soumik sen, has an interesting premise. Emraan Hashmi, who has had some observe enjoying all manner of cheaters and fraudsters, stars as Rakesh Singh aka Rocky, a shrewd fellow who runs a scam serving to rich candidates land seats in medical and engineering colleges by recruiting smarter students to take their entrance exams for them. Hes a messiah for desperate parents and students who understand that a medical or engineering degree could be a shot at a much better life, and a Robin Hood-like figure for the brilliant however poor toppers who have loans to be paid off, parents to support, and sisters to be wed. everyone wins in Rockys distinctive business plan.

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Everybody but the audience. Why Cheat India fast becomes a slog. The themes are relevant, but the writing is flat; the screenplay lacks urgency. The film opens in the 90s and to be honest it feels like it was made then. There is melodrama, dialogue baazi, and old-school plotting. None of that would’ve been a problem if it wasn’t so darn unremarkable. The supporting players – there are many – aren’t especially memorable, and a last minute twist feels unconvincing. The second half moves more briskly but the plot becomes especially harebrained when Rocky widens his net to crack the MBA entrance exam.


It’s a shame you leave the cinema bored and underwhelmed because there was potential here to make a smart film about our flawed education system – one that encourages mugging and rote learning over understanding; one that values a degree over real aptitude. A system that drives students and their parents to seek dangerous, unhealthy shortcuts. Some of that is addressed but it’s not really what the film is about.


Hashmi, who is also one of the producers, plays his part with required flair. He’s very good in anti-hero roles, but this film can’t seem to decide how to peg him. He spends the bulk of his time on screen exploiting the education system, but also gets to deliver an impassioned monologue skewering the corruption within that very system. Of the remaining ensemble, only Snighadeep Chatterjee as Sattu, one of the bright young students who falls under Rocky’s spell, and Shreya Dhanwanthary as Sattu’s sister Nupur, make an impression.

I was also never fully convinced about the ease with which Rocky repeatedly pulled off these big scams. But I suppose that’s creative liberty. This fim takes a lot of those. I’m going with two out of five for Why Cheat India. If anyone’s having trouble sleeping, we might have found a cure.

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