It's dull, it's drab and it's one film which was better off as an episode of Crime Petrol, well, I am talking about the film Why Cheat India that stars Emraan Hashmi.
Why Cheat India is all about Rakesh Singh (Emraan Hashmi) who runs a business that allows education scams to flourish in the country. He enrols bright students into his plan, makes them write proxy exams for students who are unable to score or pass, and then, helps them procure a fake degree.
In all of this, we also get to meet Sattu (Snigdhadeep Chatterjee), who dreams of a better life. In fact, he surprises himself and his father by standing 287th in an engineering admission exam. As the film progresses, Sattu falls prey to Rakesh's scheming plan.
There is a hint of a romance between a married man and a younger girl. Rakesh admits that he hasn't been single for nine years but this young woman plays along. This relationship eventually becomes the trigger to a crucial plot twist. Something, that I feel was totally uncalled for.
Why Cheat India is a story which is based in rural locations like Jaunpur, Kota and Jhansi, where the pressure on the youth to be engineers, doctors and MBA students, is probably far more than what students face in urban cities.
Rakesh is clearly been inspired by Gordon Gekko (Wall Street, 1987), who has been one of the great antagonists in movie history. Gordon in Wall Street is gleeful and wholeheartedly amoral. Like Gordon, Rakesh is married and is involved with another woman. I love the way Bollywood unabashedly copies Hollywood.
Anyways, moving on, director Soumik Sen has taken upon a topic that talks about our education system. Now instead of being robust in his narrative, Soumik is very submissive. The way he tells this gritty story does not leave any impact.
All in all, Why Cheat India, as a film that should have never been made into a film in the first place. It makes up for either a great short story or a great docu-drama. Avoid this one and wait for it to come on a television channel. I am also sure this film will soon be on an OTT platform.
Rating: One And A Half