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Ruslaan

Bombs ripping through Mumbai local trains and bloodied bodies piled by the tracks is an all-too familiar sight by now in films. 'Ruslaan’ tries to go beyond that.

Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi |
September 11, 2009 7:04:18 pm

Cast: Rajveer,Meghaa Chatterjee,Asrani,Shahbaaz Khan,S M Zaheer,Smita Jaikar

Director: Mohan C Sharma

Ratings: *

Jobless Muslim youth is nabbed by the police as a suspect in train blasts in Mumbai. ‘Ruslaan’ is about how the young man gets to that point,and gets past it.

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Bombs ripping through Mumbai local trains and bloodied bodies piled by the tracks is an all-too familiar sight by now in films. ‘Ruslaan’ tries to go beyond by showing the pressures everyone—the perpetrators and the victims– comes under when something as drastic as this happens: Ruslaan ( Rajveer) is tortured in custody ; his policeman friend finds himself unable to help. Only his girl friend (Meghaa) and his parents ( S M Zaheer and Smita Jaikar) stand by him.

There’s a sincerity of purpose about this film,but the execution is obvious and amateurish. The leads,both debutants,match the film; the unprepossessing Rajveer is only a shade better than the shrill Meghaa (Moushumi Chatterji’s daughter),who has none of the vivacity of her mother.

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