Why Cheat India: Film Review – Passes The Test

Verdict: Emraan Hashmi delivers a top-class performance as the proxy mafia.

The most recent victim of CFBC’s moral policing, Why Cheat India starring Emraan Hashmi had everyone’s expectations high. The film deals with the pros and cons of our education system, throwing light on the people who are plaguing it even more. While the original title ‘Cheat India’ fits way better than the current one, the film doesn’t lose its impact by that tiny change.

What’s Why Cheat India About:

The movie revolves around a confident and astute Rakesh Singh (Emraan Hashmi) who runs a business of rigging examinations to forging certificates. He recruits a few middle-class top rankers and makes them write exams for rich kids for an assured seat. While this is one aspect of his business, he is also a pro at exploiting the many loopholes in the education system. Everything goes smoothly until he plans to move to a countrywide scam from just earning money one paper a time.

What Works:

Undoubtedly, Emraan Hashmi is a gem. He carries the movie on his shoulders, pulling off every frame with calm and ease. His charm and dedication to this character keep you engaged throughout the movie. Shreya Dhanwantary and Snigdhadeep Chatterjee are perfectly cast as the innocent siblings who get embroiled in the scam with affection and money. There are a few more actors in the supporting cast who score well in terms of performances, thus enhancing the film’s likeability.

Writer-director Soumik Sen has put across some extremely relevant points regarding parents treating their children as investments or the amount of pressure students deal with in general. The fact that students from locations like Jhansi, Kota and many tier-2 cities face more criticism and are pushed towards careers like engineering, medical and banking has also been focused upon. The movie tells a gritty story with the help of an amoral Rakesh Singh.

The film is based on a concept that deserves a lot of merit. The fact that it is based on a true story adds to the connect and also keeps you entertained.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The movie, while making a few valid points, tries to justify the case of a person who is facilitating cheating in national level exams. It is a great watch and a lot of fun but it might give a different impact on some viewers than what is intended by the makers.

Why You Should Watch:

If you are watching this movie for Emraan Hashmi, then you can be assured of a paisa wasool time. The film also gives insight into the pressure that students go through while preparing for an exam and how debt-ridden parents mostly end up aggravating them even more. It is based on a real story that every Indian must know about.

We and the public both recommend you to watch it this weekend. Check out the public review below:

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