Release Date: October 13, 2017
Cast: Himansh Kohli, Taaha Shah, Soundarya Sharma, Anupam Kher and Jimmy Sheirgill
Director: Sattwik Mohanty
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Duration: 1 hour 33 minutes
Dreams are in abundance in small towns and cities, as people here often have more free time to think about the possibilities that exist. Moreover, there’s always the glitz and glamour of big cities that motivates small town folks to get out of their comfort zone and give it their all to find a place among the stars. Ranchi diaries is one such story that captures the dreams and aspirations of people coming from small towns.
The story is about Gudiya (Soundarya Sharma), who is a local YouTube celebrity in the small town of Ranchi and wants to become a top singer and a fashion queen. She is friends with Pinku (Taaha Shah), who aspires to become a top gangster, but in reality he operates a small food stall where he spends most of his time eating Chow Mein and engaging in small talk with his good-for-nothing retinue. There’s Monu (Himansh Kohli) also in the group and he is in love with Gudiya. Monu is a small-time thief and he dreams of living a magnificent life with Gudiya in a big city. However, such plans fail to take off because Gudiya is troubled by local politician Thakur bhaiya (Anupam Kher), who has a huge crush on Gudiya. When matters reach their Nadir, Gudiya and her friends plan to rob a bank so that they can finance their escape to a big city.
The movie has various weak points, but the good thing is that it is fast faced and tightly packed. This ensures that you will never get bored or wait for the movie to end. Anupam Kher and Jimmy Sheirgill have been given limited roles, so their contribution to the film is miniscule. Young actors including Taaha Shah and Soundarya Sharma have delivered good performances.
Ranchi Diaries may not be as grand as the festival of Diwali, but it works in parts and may appeal to the young generation. It also has a unique ending, which you may find interesting.