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Rahul
Bhargav Shastry / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
5.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
NA
NA
NA
NA
Suggestions
Can watch again
NA
Good for kids
NA
Good for dates
NA
Wait to rent it
NA
Indian filmmakers (at least the bitten ones) have realized that weaving dreams for the viewers is a big gamble. Instead, they have decided to give the viewers a chunk of reality that comes at a far lower price. As a result, Bollywood has given birth to a genre of experimental cinema having small budgets, no star value and carrying themselves solely on the theme along with sticking to the fundamentals of good filmmaking. Such films recover their costs without any hitches and in fact, if made slickly, may become surprise successes, too. Kasoor is one such example.

Coming close on the heels of such cinema is Rahul, produced by the self-proclaimed dream merchant, Subhash Ghai, and directed by Prakash Jha, famous for relentlessly churning out commercial turkeys after some good offbeat stuff like Damul and Hip, Hip Hurray.

Rahul is a classic example, in this genre of cinema, of a mediocre attempt at filmmaking with the makers basking in the fact that they have nothing to lose anywhere by making such a movie. Take a run-of-the mill theme of a child caught between the marital problems of its parents (dealt with quite successfully in films like Kramer vs. Kramer, Kaash and Akele Hum Akele Tum), include a sleepwalking and clumsy cast, classic clich├ęs, some jarring music by Anu Malik ('cos it was original) and what we have is a movie which is quite avoidable but for one reason - Yash Pathak as Rahul.

Yash as the five-year-old Rahul is extremely cute and is clearly the USP of the movie. There is an instant chemistry with the viewers, making it, by far, the most heartwarming performance of a child artiste since that of master Raju in the Gulzar classic Parichay. Rahul stays with his divorced father Akaash (played by Jatin Grewal, who walks and talks like an adrenaline-pumped mannequin), who keeps on harping to Rahul that his mother is a very bad woman who left them to live in her riches.

A flashback shows that poor Akaash and rich Meera (played by Neha) get married amidst the resistance of her mother and brother. Later their marriage is on the rocks when swabhimani Akaash refuses to have anything to do with Meera's family's flaunting ways. Rahul longs for his mother's love until he meets her. The rest of the film is about how he tries to reunite his parents. A near-death situation of Rahul results in a predictable ending.

Rahul, if seen from an optimist's eye, can be a refreshing change about a child, his world of butterflies, cherubic talk, cute friends and most importantly, his way of looking at the world. Try concentrating on these things and you may enjoy the film. But avoid it for any other reason pertaining to filmmaking.
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Sagar Bs on 20th Apr 2001, 12:50am | Permalink
film and review match- both r good
RATING
4
Chayanam Kavitha on 9th Apr 2001, 11:21pm | Permalink
excellent performance by the five year old kid.
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10
Vivek Vivek on 9th Apr 2001, 7:31pm | Permalink
its boring
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4
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