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Rukh Review: Adarsh Gourav plays a Brooding Protagonist In This Mature Thriller

Rukh Movie Review
Written by Poorva Tamhane
RRukh is not your average weekend watch nor is it the stereotypical genre-bounded film that we are used to. The movie has been directed by Atanu Mukherjee an SRFTI (Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute) trained editor who for a first timer has taken on a courageous stance with an unconventional movie. Rukh stars actors Manoj Bajpayee, Adarsh Gourav, Smita Tambe and Kumud Mishra in lead roles and is anything but a typical whodunit murder movie. The first few minutes into the film alone makes one realise that there is a pervading sense of eeriness and mellowness about the movie; the characters too reveal themselves without making any sweeping or startling statements about growing up, parenting and/or business ethics.

Adarsh Gourav Rukh Movie
Source – Film Companion

Rukh is essentially woven around the character Divakar Mathur (Manoj Bajpayee), who lives with his wife Nandini (Smita Tambe) and who’s only son Dhruv (Adarsh Gourav) has been sent away to a hostel. Divakar runs a leather business in Mumbai and leads a good life. He is also seen playing chess with his Alzheimer’s stricken father. On his way back home one night his car gets hit by a truck and Divakar dies on the spot. Divakar’s son Dhruv rushes back from his hostel to be by his mother’s side only to find that his father’s life wasn’t as straightforward as he had presumed. While grappling with his emotions and looking for closure, Dhruv goes on a quest to essentially reconstruct the events that led up to his father’s death.

Dhruv’s mother Nandini tries to keep him away from learning more about the truth surrounding their family but Dhruv is determined to uncover the truth. He learns that the leather factory that was once in charge of his deceased father was facing some trouble. His father had differences with his business partner Robin (Kumud Mishra) and there was also a downturn in the overall business due to the Maharashtra government’s ban on cow slaughter at the time, that resulted in scarcity of rawhide. All these reasons and further revelations make for one engaging plot that spans nearly two hours.

Actor Adarsh Gourav who plays Dhruv shows acting sensibilities beyond his age and is one to watch out for. With his compelling performance we see a sort of unexpected coming of age story as well. Manoj Bajpayee too plays the character of Divakar with panache, that binds the story together and gives the movie its gloomy and unobtrusive feel. Rukh is a must watch that explores every emotion right from grief and rage to remorse and bewilderment. Watch it to unpack your mind and for the rare mature thriller that it is.

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