Rough Book Review by Mohar Basu on The Times Of India
The narrative is subtle but doesn’t focus much on the teacher-student camaraderie, which is pivotal to such a story. Neither does Anant delve deeper into Suhail’s (a rich brat whose father is a top notch lawyer) journey from reckless to studious. The transformation happens abruptly sans a prelude, which is not impactful enough. The story touches upon a few necessary themes – from teacher poaching to the excessive emphasis on coaching over regular classes – but the ideas don’t find a strong voice in the movie. Their mission of portraying education as a calling and not a money-minting business gets lost in the film’s half-baked execution.
Rough Book Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
Director Anant Narayan Mahadevan, who has made several attempts in the thriller and romance genres, comes out with flying colours with his film ‘Rough Book’. The film is more of an eye opener as it gives a hard and critical look at the education system in contemporary India. Writers Sanjay Chauhan and Anant Narayan Mahadevan have beautifully narrated the issue of ‘teacher poaching’ and the conspiracies running rampant in the Indian educational system. Maneesh Chandra Bhatt’s cinematography keeps the film close to home that you feel like you are living the story. Rupendra Das does a commendable job as a production designer.
Rough Book Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
Thankfully the locations where the movie has been shot, the gorgeous weather that has been captured beautifully in the movie are such an awesome relief, you understand why the writing may have meandered off into the misty hills… Might make for a decent watch on tv at home where you can start a conversation. Until then you just wish for something sharper than this blunt pencil…
Rough Book Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Rough Book is tiringly slow, lazily written and offers no novel insight into the acute crisis that our educational system presently faces. But it’s still watchable for Tannishtha Chatterjee. Her reading of a passionate teacher is a little less enthusiastic than Jack Black in School of Rock, and a little more practical than Robin Williams in Dead Poets Society. From the rest of the cast, which largely comprises of cameos, Suhasini Mulay, Joy Sengupta and Vinay Jain — all seem casual yet confident of their craft. The location used to convey the rural confines of Suhasini Mulay’s school is perfectly misty for cinematic frames and is a great production find.
Review by Shubha Shetty Saha on Mid-Day India
Considering that our cookie cutter education system is in dire need of an overhaul, the intention of this film is right. But, unfortunately, the lethargic script and dialogue give away a lot more than they should. There is obviously no homework done on the subject and hence, the teachers in the film, which includes a few of Santoshi’s supposedly ‘bright’ teacher-friends, dole out gems of advice which even primary school student would scoff at. One such line goes like this: ‘Likhne se pehle question paper ko theek se padh lena’. Tannishtha and the rest of the cast including Suhasini Mulay, Vinay Jain and Joy Mukherjee make a sincere attempt. But that obviously is not enough in the absence of the required research needed to tackle a subject of this sort.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Further the writer and the director fail to engage and inspire us from the transformation and change in the idea and belief of students. It happens so easily and conveniently to make any impact. Ananth’s earnest thought only gets full support from Tannishtha who delivers a fine performance. Theatre actors Amaan Khan, Joy Sengupta, Kaizaad Kotwal and Suhasini Mulay are competent but a talent like Ram Kapoor is wasted. Juvenile handling and lazy ending adds further to the wounds.
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