Critic’s Rating:[usr 3]
Why Cheat India Story: Rakesh Singh (Emraan Hashmi) runs a business that allows education scams to flourish in the country. He enrols bright students into his plan, makes them write proxy exams for students who are unable to score or pass, and then, helps them procure a fake degree. This story revolves around one such boy, Sattu (Snigdhadeep Chatterjee), who dreams of a better life, and in turn, falls prey to Rakesh’s scheming plan.
Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Shreya Dhanwanthary
Why Cheat India Review: The story revolves around Rakesh Singh (Hashmi), a scamster who runs a business that nurtures education frauds to flourish in the country.
Singh sweet-talks impressionable young children and lures them into the trap of cheating to secure a seat in their desired college. He enrols bright students and makes them write proxy exams for students who are unable to score or pass and helps them procure a fake degree.
Set against the backdrop of non-urban locations like Kota, Jhansi and Jaunpur, the film manages to tap into the rural nerve and depicts the emotions of gullible students and desperate parents. One such meritorious boy Sattu (Chatterjee) falls prey to Singh’s scam.
The script is, at times, stretched and disjointed. Yet it does a good job of exposing the problems plaguing the examination system in our country. The story has potential but lacks direction. The plot loses its charm and isn’t top grade. The second half, however, is full of surprises and heightens the drama, taking the film to a different level.
Hashmi plays the anti-hero convincingly, adopting some accurate scamster mannerisms. The film introduces Snighdeep Chatterjee and Shreya Dhanwanthary, cast as naïve characters, and the two do the job well.
‘Why Cheat India’ has a lot of scope to keep you entertained. However, a better execution could have taken the film a notch higher.
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