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Rukh  : Stop, It’s Not Riveting
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Friday, October 27, 2017
Drama
Atanu Mukherjee
Manoj Bajpayee, Adarsh Gourav, Smita Tambe

The good news first.

 

An attempt has been made by writer-director Atanu Mukherjee to come up with a screenplay that unravels one track after the track with some amount of suspense.

 

The story too has intrigue. Father Diwakar’s accidental death brings Dhruv, his teenage son, back from boarding school. Only to slowly learn that his mother Nandini had shielded him from many a crisis in the family which led to Diwakar’s death. So, was his father murdered? 

 

With Manoj Bajpayee reliable as always, and other efficient performers like Kumud Mishra and Smita Tambe around, every character moves around with natural ease. This includes young actor Adarsh Gourav who’s cast as Dhruv.

 

However, even at a short 106 minutes, Rukh seems painfully long. There are several sub-plots like Dhruv’s own history which forced his parents to send him to boarding school. Atanu  Mukherjee takes his time revealing layer after layer about Dhruv and his parents with an uneasy background of money laundering and terror funding that the young boy stumbles upon.

 

To the director’s credit, he ties up the many threads rather neatly. But by the time he escorts Dhruv to the ultimate truth, the viewer will find it difficult to stay focussed as the pace is far too leisurely. There’s also the feeling of being let down at the end since the real reason for Diwakar’s death was right there and didn’t require Dhruv’s fruitless investigation.

 

Although they’re all good actors, neither SmitaTambe as mother Nandini nor Adarsh Gourav as Dhruv require any change of emotions right through the film. Even Manoj Bajpayee isn’t required to flash more than one tense expression but his presence lends Diwakar’s character a certain depth and substance.

 

For the endeavour to go down a different path,Rukh gets a 2* rating.

 

Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author

 

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