Both from a script and narrative point-of-view, Why Cheat India has quite a few things going for it, and quite a few that don’t. But what it does accomplish is painting a brutally disturbing picture of its subject matter, exposing the disgusting truth of the unholy nexus of elements eating away at our country’s education system inside-out and from top to bottom.
Plus, whenever the film flounders, there’s Emraan Hashmi, forever preventing your attention from wavering, and once again elevating a decent film to more-than-watchable territory with his A-game. He’s also well supported by Shreya Dhanwanthary, who displays plenty of promise in her Hindi-film debut.
If not for some convenient plot-points presenting easy outcomes, which feel like some the characters don’t face as many hardships as they should while desecrating our education system, Why Cheat India could have been a far more engaging film that it eventually ends up as. Nevertheless, it still makes for a necessary watch for laying bare the harsh truths of India’s current education standards, and for Hashmi, who can make even reading a phone book look entertaining.
Movified Rating: 3/5 stars