Films based on the theme of terrorism have been made in abundance during the past few years. Since terrorism has been on the rise in different parts of the wold and has become a global burning issue, film makers have spared no efforts to encash on the same and register an audience for it. Moreover these films generally have emotional appeal, attracting a major Indian cine goer.
Ruslaan which obviously happens to be the name of the protagonist is based upon a recent terrorist attack. The protagonist is a simple middle class man leading his routine life, until one day he is arrested on charges of terrorism. Reason – just that he happens to be a Muslim. How he is ill-treated by the cops and the rigmarole that he has to go through, in order to attain justice and prove his innocence is what the film is about.
Had this film been made a couple of years ago, it would have had a novelty factor to it. The concept has offlate become very clichéd and hence there is very little to attract or connect the audience to. Story has oft been repeated, and the screenplay which could have salvaged the film to an extent is quite amateurish. There are many loopholes in the story too, the most noticeable being as to why Ruslaan is arrested at first place for the attack Director Mohan C Sharma could have well exceuted this serious and thought provoking topic, but Alas that doesn’t happen.
Music by Raees Jamal Khan is good and a couple of numbers are indeed memorable, with Maula Maula being the pick of the lot. Unfortunately, music of such small budget movies is hugely ignored many a times. Technically too, the film is just about okay in places.
Of the cast, Rajaveer who plays Ruslaan and who also is a debutant does a decent job, while another debutant Meghaa Chaterjee falls short of making an impact. She shows no spark whatsoever, considering she’s Moshmi Chaterjee’s daughter. Asrani, Shahbaaz Khan and Smita Jaykar do justice to their roles.
Overall, Ruslaan is a film that can be watched on DVD when you have nothing much to do. Better still, pick up a copy of Khuda kay Liye or the recent release New York for a re-run.
Rating – 2