Director: Soumik Sen
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary
Producer: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Tanuj Garg, Atul Kasbekar, Parveen Hashmi

Release date: 18th January 2019

There is some connection between Emraan Hashmi and scams. We are obviously talking about his reel life characters. If you look back at his filmography, there are movies like Jannat, Azhar, Raja Natwarlal or Once Upon a Time in Mumbai, where he has been a part of some con or crime. He played the titular role in the film Crook. Not much to our surprise, his next movie is based on the same premise as well. Why Cheat India, his next movie, revolves around the Indian education system and the consistent issues of cheating in national level exams. Hashmi is not far from having his title of the serial kisser changed to the serial scamster.

In Why Cheat India he plays the worst nightmare of the education system as he carries out the scams in entrance exams related to engineering, banking, management and UPSC amongst others. His character Rakesh Singh believes that hard work is for salaried employees, the rich and powerful only employ scams to reach where they are.

He also believes that cheating is a business. Watch him give cheating tips below:

The official teaser poster of the movie was released on the 28th of August last year and the second poster followed on the 12th of November. The trailer of the movie was released exactly a month after that on the 12th of December. Emraan looks convincing in his character of Rakesh Singh in the trailer. While the plot may not be groundbreaking, it is Hashmi’s dialogue delivery that steals the show. The movie, initially named Cheat India, was changed to Why Cheat India just a week before release due to obligations from CFBC.

Why Cheat India was initially set to release on the 25th of January where it was competing with Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi and Balasaheb’s biopic Thackeray. But to avoid the clash the release of the movie was preponed by a week. While announcing the release date, producer Bhushan Kumar clarified that the change in date is purely a business call. He said, “We did not shift the release date under any pressure or ego but for a pure business reason. It was our way to pay respect to Balasaheb Thackeray.”

Why Cheat India will now release on the 18th of January 2019. Stay tuned for more on this movie and our review.