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Review: Kya Yahi Sach Hai

Director: YP Singh
Cast: Rajiv Roda, Bobby Vats, Shalini Chandran
U/A; Drama
Stars: One (*)


Taking up a controversial issue and presenting it in the face of stiff opposition takes a lot of courage. But while watching YP Singh's 'Kya Yahi Sach Hai', which is based on his 2003 book, 'Carnage by Angels', I was left wondering about Singh's actual motive.


A still from the movie 'Kya Yahi Sach Hai'

The story is about honest IPS officer Raghu Kumar (Rajiv Roda), (presumably the character is based on YP Singh himself), who creates a furore in Kolhapur where he is posted as he refuses to buckle down to the pressures of criminals. He soon gets transferred to the coveted area of Juhu constitution in Mumbai. He continues being fearless, thus creating problems for what seems like the entire police system and also the Home Minister.

While Raghu and his wife seem like the only torchbearers of honesty, the rest of the world is portrayed as absolutely corrupt. It seems like the script of the film is written haphazardly with mixed feelings of vengeance coupled with the desire to make it saleable. Now that must be a potent combination, considering that the script is unbelievably bad. And the treatment is worse, if that is possible.

Even though the honesty of the IPS officer is harped upon, I noticed the lack of honesty in the treatment of the film. The director seemed confused between wanting to stick to the topic of corruption, self-glorification and providing titillation.

There are several parallel stories running alongside Raghu's story and some of them provide no real reason why they are part of the film. Technically the film is an embarrassment and the relentless background score ended up wanting me to tear my hair out in frustration. But all that would have been easily forgiven if Singh had remained true to the cause. But some of the sequences, especially the one concerning the menacing looking Home Minister, come across as so ridiculous that it is impossible to believe.

Also, if you are going to include an item song where the lyrics unbelievably go, 'Tere paas danda hai toh mera paas bumb hai' �I am not sure what cause we are rooting for.

If you are looking for some kind of daring expose, this film is a disappointment, considering that vague references are made to fictitious characters.

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