All India Rank Review: At Once Charming And Thought-Provoking Film


All India Rank Review: A film at once fascinating and thought-provoking

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Under your brilliant direction,All India RankScreenwriter and lyricist Varun Grover travels to the post-economic liberalization years of India to vividly tell the bleak, coming-of-age story of an alienated IIT aspirant's life.

Attractive and thought-provoking at the same time, All India Rank differentiates itself from web shows Kota Factory And candidates And also like a movie 12th failed With his quiet, staunchly anti-formulaic and fragmented methods. Punctuated with imaginative animation interludes, it shuns traditional devices and prevents an easy climax.

All India Rank It instead chooses to leave the protagonist's fate open, even without sympathy and judgment, following the teenage boy's year-long journey to prepare for the IIT-JEE exam (against his own counsel. ).

Written by Grover himself, the film is a gentle, close-observed and revelatory examination of the mind of a middle-class boy who is pushed beyond his limits by a father who raises his only child to bring social prestige and bravado to the family. Sees it as a potential ticket. Which he never had.

It is about a young man grappling with the complex equations of life and education, stymied by his overbearing father – the boy's mother is not only not so demanding, but she also allows the boy to choose his own path in life. Also ready for – All India Rank It is a nostalgic portrait of an eventful decade that saw a more rapid transformation in India than anything since independence.

Vivek (Bodhisattva Sharma in his first lead role), a 17-year-old from Lucknow, is off to Kota – “the Haridwar of coaching” (in the words of the boy's father). Father RK Singh (Shashi Bhushan) is an engineer in the Department of Telecommunications and wants to see his son get admission in IIT.

Mr Singh, like many parents before and after him, believes he can fulfill his unfulfilled dreams through his son. He doesn't so much ask the young man what he wants from life. He himself takes the boy to Kota.

The new millennium is still a few years away. Vivek is not a boy to assert himself. His raging hormones divert his attention from work and some eccentric colleagues at the coaching center lure him into temptations that he had avoided till now. But his father's strict voice never leaves him alone.

Kota, a city that was in danger of disappearing from the map, until its IIT-JEE coaching ecosystem saved it from oblivion and catapulted it to nationwide fame (0r infamy, depending on how you look at it ), is the place where Viveka should seek salvation.

His move is merely physical – and clearly reluctant. Mentally and emotionally, he is never able to achieve everything even after finding a room in a boys' hostel and enrolling in a coaching center run by Kalpana Bundela (Sheeba Chaddha), one of the best in the business and in the game. There is an old hand. Motivating the candidates in your charge.

While the tough coaching process takes its toll on him, Vivek makes new friends. He also experiences the first wave of teenage love. The object of his affection, Sarika (Samata Sudiksha, who debuted in the Janhvi Kapoor starrer Good Luck Jerry), is an IIT aspirant who has a sharper focus than him.

Back home, Vivek's father faces a crisis at his workplace and his mother Manju (Geeta Aggarwal Sharma), who manages a PCO booth, encounters a boy who poses a formidable problem. .

All India Rank Sanskar doesn't apply the films' template of a journey of discovery of conscience. It frees itself from standard style registers. Rather than pandering to audience expectations, it offers an experiential exploration of the impact that the “success” industry can have on young minds.

Production designer Prachi Deshpande uses a range of props and tangible physical components that bring the 1990s to life. You see Gabriela Sabatini pin-ups, Maaza bottles, video game parlors, PCO booths and the name of then Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on the wall in a hostel room and are instantly transported to that era.

Vineet D'Souza's sound design, with lyrics and background score by Mayukh-Mainak and lyrics by Varun Grover, plays unobtrusively on the defining markers of India's pre-consumerist pop culture and celebrates a relatively comfortable age that is typical of the boy. was about to change dramatically. The focus of the film as well as the entire country as it marks the 50th year of independence.

A smoothly humming title song from the detective serial Tehqeeqat, a passing reference to Doordarshan's superhero ShaktimanVividh Bharti's drama Hawa Mahal and news of Princess Diana's death, among other things, immediately come to mind.

The soundscape also includes one song (Just this one grain of food will give me all the happiness I want.) from a short film woven around an episode from the Mahabharata and produced by the film division of JS Bhonagari Yuga with creative inputs from animation pioneer Ram Mohan and composer Vijay Raghava Rao. The number aired again in the 1990s encouraging the public to avoid food waste.

All India Rank A nation is caught in a period of great change. A land where people generally preferred to study in local schools and colleges and look for jobs in their hometowns or nearby places was starting to give way to a globalized country.

India was opening up and allowing the youth, at least those accustomed to conversion, to step out of their box and seek greener pastures. Vivek, in a way, symbolizes the pain of that change at the individual level.

Another important aspect of the film hinges on the three women around Vivek, including the teacher who uses the most motivational methods to motivate her children to think on their feet.

The psychology of Vivek's mother is quite different from that of his father. Like Sarika, she also has a pleasant influence on Vivek. But the changes in mathematics and the inevitabilities of the education system far outweigh the moments of personal satisfaction the boy experiences.

All India Rank Full of surprisingly impressive touches that elevate it above the sum of its parts and turn it into a perceptive, holistic testament to the times of flux. Watch it because it takes you where Hindi films rarely go – an area where ideas, emotions and barely stated dilemmas take precedence over the essentials of plot and performance.


Bodhisattva Sharma, Shashi Bhushan, Sheeba Chaddha, Kailash Gautaman, RC Modi, Ayush Pandey, Geeta Agarwal Sharma, Samta Sudiksha, Vidit Singh, Saadat Khan


Varun Grover

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