Directed by: Atanu Mukherjee
Produced by: Manish Mundra
Written by: Atanu Mukherjee,Akash Mohimen Vasan Bala (Dialogues)
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, Adarsh Gourav
Music by: Amit Trivedi
Cinematography: Pooja Gupte
Edited by: Sanglap Bhowmick
Distributed by: Eros International and Drishyam Films
Release date: 27 October 2017
Storyline: Away from home in a boarding school, 18-year-old Dhruv is ignorant about the ongoing crisis in his family. His life takes an unexpected turn as he gets the news of his father’s death in a car accident. As he copes with the tragedy, hidden truths begin to unravel. Even as his mother Nandini struggles to shield him, Dhruv starts looking for answers. Was his father’s death an accident or a premeditated murder? The search leads to a series of unexpected revelations, as he discovers the shades of his father’s personality he had never seen before.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Following are Atanu Mukherjee’s credentials :
As Editor : Shortcut Safari, Unfreedom, Stray Dogs (Short film), Monsoon Shootout, Achal, Paper Planes (Short film), Sujata (Short film), My House Is Not So Far (Documentary short film), Doyam (Short film), Strange Fruit (Short film) and Beyond Bollywood (Documentary) (additional editor)
As director: Shuruaat Ka Interval (segment director), The Gatekeeper (Short film), My House Is Not So Far (Documentary short film) and Stray Dogs (Short film).
As a writer: Shuruaat Ka Interval, The Gatekeeper (Short) (story) / (written by) and Stray Dogs (Short film) (writer).
As a producer: Stray Dogs (Short film) (co-producer)
My Gut Feel (MGF) and comments:
“Truth searches for no one. It awaits to be found.”
Quote stated above fits aptly for the storyline of “Rukh”. From its trailer, it appears to be a very interesting and engaging film.
Manish Mundra the founder of Drishyam Films has produced this movie. He is a very passionate film producer who is still connected with his roots and enjoys producing movies that are unconventional. He has delivered brilliant films like Ankhon Dekhi, Dhanak, Masaan, Waiting and Newton. For him story is the hero and everything revolves around it. You can create a spectacular movie with a great story with good actors and he firmly stands with this belief.
Atanu Mukherjee has done noticeable work as an editor primarily associated with short films.
“Rukh” starcast is fitting the bill as per the requirement, be it the intense Manoj Bajpyee or character like Kumud Mishra or the stark look of a son searching for the truth portaited by Adarsh Gourav.
Without any superstar name, movie might face a challenge in alluring audiences to cinema halls. Though this movie deserves to be watched by larger audience as it has an engaging murder mystery which audiences would enjoy. Unfortunately diverse films like this find space to shine only at International films festivals.
Going by My Gut Feeling (MGF), I am giving this movie 3.5 stars out of 5 three days before the release. 3 stars for Atanu Mukherjee’s brave attempt to take up this unconventional story. And additional half a star for Manish Mundra, who understands India well enough to patronage its vivid stories and eccentric directors who can bring India alive on screen in the most realistic manner.