Rukh movie cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Adarsh Gourav, Smita Tambe, Kumud Mishra
Rukh movie director: Atanu Mukherjee
Rukh movie rating: 2.5 stars
‘Rukh’ means direction, or aspect. In the film, we see a bunch of people flailing, looking for a mooring, and getting some clarity. It’s what we do when life, in all its messiness and problems and small joys, is being lived.
The sudden death of a character causes not just grief, which is a natural outcome, but also leaves a puzzle behind. Who was he? Did anyone really know him? Who is his wife, son, father, old friend? And also leaves us asking that most thought-provoking question – do we really know anyone, even our most intimate relations?
The film gives us the point of view of Dhruv (Gourav), who is left holding a crumbling home in the absence of his father (Bajpayee), as he seeks answers from his worried mother (Tambe), old grandfather who is losing his memory, and the unctuous old friend (Mishra), who was also his father’s dodgy business partner.
There’s a somberness to the way this chronicle of a death unfolds, which holds your attention. Some scenes sit heavily, though. And if you are an alert viewer, you will figure out what happened much before the big reveal. But the rest holds.
Some interesting casting choices are in here. As the young fellow, fighting his own weaknesses, and being confronted with his father’s, Gourav veers appropriately between resentment and bewilderment. Mishra plays an unethical businessman, and a guy with distinct shades of grey; nice to see him play an un-benign character.
But I do have a quibble. There’s not enough of the powerhouse Bajpayee in the film. I was left wanting more of his ‘Rukh’.