Ranchi Diaries movie review: This Anupam Kher and Jimmy Shergill starrer leaves you trying to define pointlessness

Ranchi Diaries movie review: Sattwik Mohanty's directorial comes off as a random assemblage of scenes-- in forests (that’s where the ‘Naxals’ live), a large mansion (that’s where the bad guy stays), police chowkis, and a crumbling building which is meant to house a bank.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: October 13, 2017 1:10 pm
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Ranchi Diaries movie cast: Himansh Kohli, Taaha Shah, Soundarya Sharma, Jimmy Shergill, Satish Kaushik, Anupam Kher, Pitobash Tripathy
Ranchi Diaries movie director: Sattwik Mohanty
Ranchi Diaries movie rating: 1 star

What can you say about a film which starts and ends this badly? Ranchi Diaries leaves you trying to define pointlessness.

We know the film is set in Ranchi not just because of its name, but because every single character from veteran Anupam Kher to Satish Kaushik to Jimmy Shergill to a bunch of younger actors is made to speak in the supposed local lingo. And they all sound like they are in elocution class.

When they are not gabbing, they are trying to make their way around an apology of a storyline which involves a bank robbery, a young woman whose heart is set upon becoming a singer, her callow boy friend who has a way with locked safes, his layabout pals, crooked local netas, and clueless cops. And oh yes, there are some armed Naxals floating around just for local colour.

You get the feeling that this was meant to be a quirky hinterland heist saga, taking off from Ocean’s 11, to which there’s a clunky reference. But this comes off as a random assemblage of scenes– in forests (that’s where the ‘Naxals’ live), a large mansion (that’s where the bad guy stays), police chowkis, and a crumbling building which is meant to house a bank—trying to pass off as a film.

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