EVEN WITH AN ISSUE, ‘CASH’ DOESN’T SERVE THE PURPOSE

Rating: 2/5
Director Rishab Seth’s film is reduced to being a futile affair about India’s demonetization that happened in 2016

The trailer seemed promising. Cash is only what it’s trailer is. Nothing more. Infact whatever more it offers, it is only an extension to what the trailer is, more so in terms of stretching the runtime. Not that there are no good points. But they are too few and even they are stretched to make them seem convincing to you.

Watch the trailer here:

PLOT

Armaan (Amol Parashar) is brimming with business ideas, so much so that when the nation witnesses its demonetization in November 2016, he sees that as a business opportunity using it to convert people’s money for a commission.

STORY/SCREENPLAY/GENERAL

The story is written by Aarsh Vora, Rishab Seth, and Vishesh Bhatt. The screenplay and dialogues are penned by Vora and Seth. As far the premise of the film is concerned, only the idea is interesting. But that idea is one liner. Now the writers would have thought- what to do? How to make it into a full length feature? Unfortunately, they have decided to use the approach that poor students employ while writing exams. They fill in their answer sheets by elaborating on one single line, changing the way it is written, repeating the same words, and leaving spaces between words and lines. They think that the examiner will only see the length of the answer and give them marks. Hardly or rarely does it happen this way.

The initial part of the film is enriching with humour right in place. The establishment of characters is interesting and you are drawn towards the drama. The inclusion of business side of the character, his constant failures, demonetization and how the character sees business opportunity is done nicely. But all this happens in the first 30mins. So far, a crisp and tight screenplay. But after this, you don’t have quite anything to adore in terms of content. You just keep watching the film, waiting for it to end.

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Scenes from the film (image source: youtube.com)

The good points remain on how the situation of demonetization and the nexus of money laundering has been shown. Money conversion had been a rage during those days and the situation has been presented rightly and nicely. Small anecdotes of a father actually believing that the 2000 rupee note had a tracker chip or how various people had been employed to convert money by depositing in their own accounts in small measures are right in place for the real referencing. There is also subtle humour in how the misfortune always strikes the protagonists and how they keep thinking of ways to overcome that. Hence, the screenplay gives you hooks only in bits and pieces and otherwise remains a disinterested piece.

The writers have earnestly attempted to give the story layers by incorporating a love angle or a love triangle, father-son bond, a politician angle, a money launderer who loves pain (his demands to bear pain in the film are hilarious) or even the police officer who is determined to reach his 100crore black money target. The perspectives are interesting for variety but none of them actually grow on you, majorly because the story is shattered everywhere. The flow is missing from the writing and the scenes seem to be disjointed, placed after one another without much coherence.

PERFORMANCES

Amol Parashar gives a sincere performance and carries the film with effective ease. He uses his boyish charm to his advantage, working well for the character.

Kavin Dave is a case of perfect cast for the role. He is simply outstanding. There are times when it is difficult for you to decide on who the lead is. He is too good. Smriti Kalra has also given a confident performance doing the needful. She looks attractive and also comes across as a decent actor.

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A scene from the film (image source: disney+hotstar)

Swanand Kirkire has an amusing role and he makes himself a fit for the role. You like to see him in this avatar, much different from his real life persona. Great work. Gulshan Grover has done fine, although he is much capable of more meaningful roles.

Pawan Chopra has his moments and he shines in them all. Anand Alkunte as the police officer is also appealing and fun to watch. Krishna Singh Bisht is simply amazing. You want him to appear more in the film and wish his role was more.

The actors are what make the film watchable. Had there be shortcoming in acting, this would have been intolerable.

OTHER TECHNICALITIES

The songs don’t do anything much for the film however Tera Hua by Arijit Singh is a melodious number. The score by Ketan Sodha is fairly good and justifies the feel of the film.

Cinematography by Nagaraj Rathinam is simple but works well for the film. The colours and lights are all suiting the fabric of the film, giving the visual finesses, which is why you like what you watch. The production design by Arundhathi Barkatky and Rhea Rawat is also reasonably thoughtful. The colour tone used in the characters’ adda is effective.

Editing by Devendra Murdeshwar could be so much better wherein the drama could be a lot crisper. It is fast no doubt, but still feels lagging. But do you blame the editor for that? The writing isn’t upto the mark.

Can be watched. Can be missed. Doesn’t serve a specific purpose. It’s just a casual entertainer, that doesn’t entertain satisfactorily.

Rochak Saxena

Rochak Saxena a Mass Media Teacher, former journalist at DNA and an ardent lover of Hindi films - literally. The blog derives its name from the popular term ‘Willing Suspension of Disbelief’, most commonly used in the world of literature and cinema. Meaning to immerse yourself in an unreal world (where you know what you see on screen is fake) with a self-proclaimed/declared belief/wish to consider it real, the willing world becomes magical. It’s the same magic every Friday that drives Rochak to share things in the perspective that it needs to be observed with. Every film is different. And the difference needs to be cherished.

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