‘Rann’ releasing coming January staring Amitabh Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh et. al is Ram Gopal Verma’s Indian version of 1976 release ‘Network’.
A TV network cynically exploits a deranged ex-TV anchor’s ravings and revelations about the media for their own profit.
Directed by Sidney Lumet 1976, ‘Network’ is a movie about Howard Beale (Peter Finch) who is an aging TV anchorman for UBS who is fired, effective in two weeks, after his ratings have been steadily deteriorating. He reacts to this by sensationally announcing on live television his intention to commit suicide on air. In doing so, Beale becomes a major TV icon and one of the most valuable assets to the Communications Corporation of America (CCA), the company that is gradually taking control of UBS. As a result he is given his own show as ‘the mad prophet of the air-waves’. He appears live on television every week-day evening to tell the real truth to the people of America. The programme is a huge success but Beale uses his power to make startling revelations about CCA, leaving the company executives with a serious problem.
Enough of Adaptations Ramu… now come up with something original, next time.