Why Cheat India Review: Emraan Hashmi cheats our hearts in this below average story

Why Cheat India Review: Emraan Hashmi deserves all the credit for making the film a one-time watch.
Why Cheat India Review: Emraan Hashmi cheats our hearts in this below average story Why Cheat India Review: Emraan Hashmi cheats our hearts in this below average story
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Why Cheat India

Why Cheat India director: Soumik Sen

Why Cheat India cast: Emraan Hashmi and Shreya Dhanwanthary

Why Cheat India ratings: 2.5/5

"When Students cheat on exams it's because our School System values grades more than Students value learning," stated Neil DeGrasse Tyson (American astrophysicist) in 2013. Emulating Neil's thoughts is director and writer Soumik Sen in Why Cheat India. With Emraan Hashmi at the focal point, Soumik pens a story on the criminalization of education through the examination system in India; whether it be for an engineering and medical exam or for an MBA. While the intention is honest, the execution fails miserably and what we get is an overdramatic 90's close-ups galore with tacky songs as the end result. 

Why Cheat India chronicles the life of Rakesh Singh aka Rocky, whose code of ethics is money, money and more money! Using the greed in every man to his advantage, Rakesh makes the moolah by getting educated chaps to write entrance exam papers for the sons of the rich and famous. One educated dad-fearing lad is Satu who falls prey into the glamorous and wealthy world which Rocky creates for such juvenile kids. Things take a turn for the worse when Satu gets addicted to the game and what follows is some troublesome times for Rocky. In between all this is a brewing love story between Rocky and Satu's sister Nupur (Shreya Dhanwanthary).

Emraan sheds his lover boy avatar to play the tactfully charismatic Rakesh with such flamboyance, that you can't help but be enamoured by his every move. No matter how grave and unethical the result! He's the driving force of his overtly dramatic flick and keeps the pace going throughout. For her debut, Shreya has done a fine job of bringing Nupur onscreen and her chemistry with Emraan seems natural at best. 

While the performances were the backbone of this film, it's everything else that brings about the major downfall. For such a unique and sensitive topic which has plagued India for years, there is a thin line between spreading a message and making said message caricaturish. From the first 10 mins, you see the brevity of the education system as a young student, who attempted suicide, is forced by his father to still write his entrance exam. While there were a few memorable scenes which bring about the awareness, the plot became too convenient, predictable and lost track after the interval. The music throughout was a major party pooper except for the track at the end credits. 

The cinematography and editing by Y. Alphonse Roy and Dipika Kalra were questionable as the sudden jerks between a couple of scenes and the extreme close-ups were almost laughable.

In finality, it's Emraan Hashmi who deserves all the credit for making Why Cheat India a one-time watch. An A+ could have been up for grabs, but not even cheating could help this movie.

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