Movie Review: Raag Desh

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Cast: Kunal Kapoor, Amit Sadh, Mohit Marwah
Director: Tigmanshu Dhulia
Raag Desh is a reiteration of one of the most mysterious events of Indian Freedom Struggle- the foundation of Azad Hind Fauj, Subhash Chandra Bose’s role in the freedom struggle and his conspicuous death.
The film proposes to spread open the vulnerability of the British regime during the World War II. The poster of the film suggests it to be a war film, however, it is a court martial drama running simultaneously with politics of Indian National Congress and the inception of religious differences between civilians.
It begins with a noble ambition but dwindles through stretched narratives, unneeded emphasis on shadowed topics, weakly fabricated war scenes and confusingly accommodated pieces from the past and current times. The establishment of religious feuds and their coming together for the idea of a united nation, that culmination of pride and pain in the eyes of the Indian soldiers, that ability to ignite anguish and agony in the audience towards the dead countrymen lacks in various aspects of the film including the cinematography and screenplay designing. 
The film still lives throughout for its neutral storytelling, factual courtroom representation and diverse actors playing each character with near about perfection. The film sustains its plot by being contained within the boundaries of disciplined and being free of twisted and bogus drama.
While Amit Sadh and Kunal Kapoor have done great justice to their respective roles, debutant Mohit Marwah seemed too infirm in his demeanour and character both. Actors like Kanwaljit Singh, Vijay Verma and Zakir Hussain own their limited screen time with stupendous acting. Tamil and Malayalam actress Mrudula Murli fails to emote diligently but is not a disappointment in her Hindi debut film. While Amit Sadh shines throughout the film, he seems pretentious with his Punjabi dialect more than once during the film. Assamese actor Kenny Basumatary plays the character of Subhash Chandra Bose distinctively well. Tigmanshu Dhulia continues to work on his expertise genre of films but fails to raise it to the brilliance of films like “Paan Singh Tomar” and “Haasil”.
Raag Desh is not a master retelling of a crucial story but it still is a film made on something that lays forgotten in history books and yellowed dust-ridden files. It is worth the time but not worth the chapter it tries to reinspect. 
3 Shors out of 5.
Reviewed by: Prachi Bhardwaj

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