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Certificate: U/A

Director: Soumik Sen

Starring: Emraan Hashmi & Shreya Dhanwanthary

Written by: Soumik Sen

WHY CHEAT INDIA is a film based on a conman and is inspired from true events.

The film gives us Rakesh or Rocky Singh (Emraan Hashmi), an education-shark who preys upon the insecurities of students under pressure and makes exam centers his happy hunting ground. Rocky has a perfect solution for every student who has to sit incessantly for every MBA or engineering or bank exam and wait to make it to the list – proxy examinations. He pushes undeserving candidates into engineering and medical colleges by getting smarter students to take their examinations for them. He keep a close watch on toppers, and uses his intimate knowledge of their family situations. He’s the classic anti-hero and his story of crime and corruption highlights a plethora of problems and malpractices that currently plague our education system.  He finds such a pawn for his ‘dirty’ work in Satyendra (Snighdadeep Chatterjee), who has the responsibility of an elder sister, an ailing mother and father who is buried in loans. He lures him into his scheme by offering a lot of money and a great lifestyle.

While the premise of the film maybe quite noble, in a way, and very relevant, the weak plot fails to make this film leave an impression on the audiences. With no real plot points and it’s very unclear what the central character stands for.

Technically, the film was okay. Cinematography by Y. Alphonse Roy was decent. Editing by Dipika Kalra was okay. The production design is good. The music of the film is a mixed bag, but none of the songs leave a mark. The script is flat and badly written.

Emraan Hashmi is good in his portrayal of Rocky. But he is let down by a badly written character. Shreya Dhanwanthary doesn’t have much to do in her debut film but she makes an impact in her limited role. Snighdadeep Chatterjee is good too, but he fades away in the second half.

Director Soumik Sen fails to make an impact with this film. There was a lot he could have done with such an important plot but it’s gone to waste.

2.5

At the box-office

The film has taken a shockingly slow start and will struggle big time.

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