Critic Rating – 2/5
Star Cast – Manoj Bidwai, Ritisha Vijayvargya, Deepti Naval, Reema Lagoo, Meghna Naidu, Alok Nath, Rajendra Gupta, Vijay Raaz, Yashpal Sharma, Upyendra Limaye and Sayaji Shinde.
Director – Ashok Nanda
Producer – Ashok Nanda, Vidya Kamat
Music Director – Raj Inder Raj, Reeg Deb
Genre – Social / Drama
The destiny of movie depends largely on the strong script and performance by some bankable actors, but sometimes even the most talented actors cannot help the movie from sinking down if there is no script in the movie or if the story is not well executed. Something similar has happened with Rivaaz which is released today. Directed by Ashok Nanda the movie stars top actors like Manoj Bidwai, Ritisha Vijayvargya, Deepti Naval, Reema Lagoo, Meghna Naidu, Alok Nath, Rajendra Gupta, Vijay Raaz, Yashpal Sharma, Upyendra Limaye and Sayaji Shinde.
The movie revolves around the topic of family prostitution and the focus is on one family that consists of father (Rajendra) and mother (Deepti Naval) and daughter Bela (Ritisha) who is into family prostitution. In fact the entire village is happy with their family prostitution that goes on here. However, things go wrong when Rahul (Manoj) who is an urban boy falls in love with Bela despite knowing the fact that the entire village depends on the flesh trade. Rahul tries hard to convince Bela to give up prostitution and she does give up at one stage, but things go worse and Bela’s father deals with Thakur Ranjeet Singh (Sayaji). When Thakur finds the love affair between Bela and Rahul he goes wild with anger and situation becomes a nightmare for the lovers.
On performance level, Rivaaz is not acceptable at all and that is where the movie falls down. None of the actors are able to perform well including the main lead Manoj Bidwai and Ritisha Vijayvargya and that will disappoint the audiences. Performances by Deepti Naval and Vijay Raaz might provide relief for some time but they are not in the lead role and therefore the movie looks like a B grade movie that talks about rural side social problems that is common in most of the movies. The movie fails to impress technically as well as camera work by Ramesh Nautiyal is average and screenplay by Rakesh Chandra Saroj is too fast to understand what is happening in the story. The music by Raj Inder Raj and Reeg Deb is mediocre and none of the songs make an impact on the audiences.
To conclude, Rivaaz is nothing but a great story about family prostitution told in a wrong way. There is definitely a lot of potential at the core of the story but only if director and screenplay was better. The movie looks like a remake of Mrityudand by Prakash Jha but this is definitely not even close to the standards that Mrityudand had set. The focus of the movie is never constant on the family prostitution and therefore it confuses the audience of whether the director is trying to focus on prostitution issue or on love story between the two leads. Overall, Rivaaz is definitely not worth watching because of the extremely poor screenplay, script and dull performances.