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Ring Master

Out Of Theatre
09 Oct, 2015 1 hr 50 mins A
Arun Sagar, Anushree, Shrunga, Shwetha
Arun Sagar, Anushree, Shrunga, Shwetha
Vishruth Naik
This film is a copy of the Thai film Countdown, and ends up being a frame-to-frame copy almost, extending longer than the original one

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  • Critic's Review
  • Times of India
Three friends decide to spend New Year's eve at their apartment, where they call a peddler to deliver some marijuana to add to their revelry. This peddler seems fun and entertaining, but what happens when he takes his sinister mask off?

You have makers who acknowledge their inspirations and some don't. But that is besides the point. What's more unpardonable is remaking a film that turns out worse, without understanding its nuances. Ring Master, a copy of the Thai film Countdown, which was also the country's selection for the Oscars the year it released, ends up being a frame-to-frame copy almost, and extends longer than the original one.

While the original had Jesus as the drug peddler, here there's Bhangiranga, who still looks like Jesus. Some of the Biblical allusions in the original like nails also seem to be blindly copied, without changing it to the local setting, especially since they have changed the Biblical verses to lines from Gita and more.

The original stayed true to a thriller and had quite a lot of shock value with the gory torture scenes. It has been reduced to get the U/A certificate here and a whole lot of preachy moral policing has been added in the dialogues, which borders on being regressive at most times. The lead trio isn't as stoned like those in the Thai original either. And when one of the characters confesses that she spent most of her money on shopping and pubbing, one tends to laugh rather than feel horrified.

While Arun and the three youngsters have done a decent job as actors, the dialogues and tweaked screenplay at certain points overshadow their effort. Had the maker chosen to make a crisp 90-minute film like the original, this may have worked better.

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Mauli Agarwal
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