RANN – Movie Review

“RANN” starred by Amitabh Bachchan carries a strong social message of “Responsible Journalism”. Cornerstone of the movie’s plot is the commercialization of Media Industry and thereby sensualisation of the information to improve TRP of news channel. The movie begins with visuals of news channels displaying sensitized information in the form of episodes like Yamraj, Sach ka Dhamaka etc

The movie is built around the misuse of media and news channels by politicians for their advantage which strikes a chord in me about the last the lecture of Corporate Social Responsibility in which our professor “Shobhna Vohra” screened a video about the misuse of Mass Communication by Bush during the election time for changing public opinion about Gulf War.

Amitabh is presented as a clean and influential journalist driven by ethics who believes in social responsibility attached with the news industry and hence does not adopt the common tactics used by other news channels to improve TRP of the channels. In contrast his son is the drive by the passion to improve the TRP of the channel. In pursuit of improving the TRP his son stoops to help the opposition party in overthrowing the incumbent Prime Minister by misuse of the channel.

The movie becomes a bit boring as visuals of the sensualised news episodes by news channels are presented multiple times in the movie. The story line becomes very much predictable post the interval. The movie also lacked the presence of songs and romance which could engross the audience. Also the last news presentation by Amitabh Bachchan in the movie is nearly a ten minute monologue and hence adds to the boredom. Overall, I offer a 2 rating of 5 star rating.

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Special Edition “B-School Compendium” is really Special

Magazines like Business Today often come up with Special Editions featuring a specific topic. A recent special edition of Business Today named “B-School Compendium” raised questions on credibility of the source of information of these special editions and also pose question on the research work behind the articles presented in the edition. So can one call these editions really “special editions”? Some of the faulty work of the magazine are presented in the blog.

Article “Programs at NMIMS” in Page 63 by Bobonkanta Yumnan lists out programs at Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS) viz MBA Core, MBA Actuarial Science and MBA Pharmaceuticals. However, the author misses out other prominent regular MBA courses to which admissions are offered this year viz MBA Capital Markets and MBA Banking. The research work behind the article is questionable as the details of the courses which are missing in the article are a few clicks away if one is on Internet or is at the home page of NMIMS.

Similarly, the article on Jamnalal Bajaj Institue of Management Sciences (JBIMS) cites JBIMS accepting MAT scores which is contrary to what the official website for MAT (AIMA) says. The factual error presented in the article can be easily sighted by a B-School aspirant and readers associated with B-Schools who form the target audience of the special edition.  Comment on factual error on JBIMS admission on Business Today’s webpage by Nikhil Daniel can be read hereComment By Nikhil.

“Sir, In the B School Compendium released by Business Today in this month, Jamnalal Bajaj Institue of Management Sciences is cited as one of the colleges accepting MAT scores which is contrary to what the official website for MAT (AIMA) says. Need a clarification for the same as such details could lead people to wrong conclusions. Regards, Nikhil Daniel”

It seems that target audience of these special editions need to cross check the facts and articles presented in the special edition and needs to be extra attentive while reading. Interestingly, these special editions are not special because they feature specific topics but because they require special attention of the readers.