Rukh (film)

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Rukh - Movie Poster.jpg
Directed byAtanu Mukherjee
Produced byManish Mundra
Written byVasan Bala
Screenplay byAtanu Mukherjee
Akash Mohimen
Music byAmit Trivedi
CinematographyPooja Gupte
Edited bySanglap Bhowmik
Distributed byEros International
Release date
  • 27 October 2017 (2017-10-27)
Running time
106 minutes

Rukh (transl. Stance) is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language thriller-drama film directed by debutant director Atanu Mukherjee. The film stars Manoj Bajpayee, Smita Tambe, Kumud Mishra and Adarsh Gourav in lead roles. The film was released on 27 October 2017.[1][2]


In a school yard fight, 18-year-old Dhruv Mathur (Adarsh Gourav) impetuously hits a fellow student, breaking his leg. He then gets scared and runs away. When the school expels him, his parents send him to a boarding school. Away from home in the boarding school, Dhruv is ignorant about the ongoing crisis in his family. His life takes an unexpected turn as he gets the news of his father Diwakar Mathur's (Manoj Bajpayee) death in a car accident. As he copes with the tragedy, he seeks to find out what happened. Hidden truths begin to unravel. Even as his mother Nandini (Smita Tambe) struggles to shield him, Dhruv starts looking for answers. The search leads to a series of unexpected revelations, as he discovers the shades of his father’s personality and his business situation he had never known before. He discovers that his father's business partner, Robin (Kumud Mishra), was involved in shady business dealings and that his father was a good man. Dhruv believes that Robin, his father's crooked business partner, must have had his father murdered. The reality turns out to be something else and Dhruv's mother was trying to withhold information in order to protect Dhruv. Turns out Dhruv's father had borrowed money to pay the workers at his unexpectedly closed factory. The film has an unexpected ending when he is shocked to discover that his father had essentially committed suicide in order to keep his word to pay back the loan he took from a bank owner, and to leave some money for Dhruv and his mother. Dhruv grows up in this process and decides to seek and apologize to the boy he had struck in school a few years earlier.


  • Manoj Bajpayee as Divakar
  • Adarsh Gourav as Dhruv
  • Smita Tambe as Nandini
  • Kumud Mishra as Robin
  • Ila Bhate as Nirmala
  • Shubhrajyoti Barat as Jayant
  • Pawan Singh as Hassan
  • Bhushan Vikas as Shinde
  • Vedant Muchandi as Amrit
  • Kannan Arunachalam as Rangarajan
  • Sandesh Kulkarni as Arif
  • Siddharth Chanda as Digant
  • Anil Khopkar as Ajit
  • Ravi Mahashabde as Jayesh
  • Yagya Saxena as Chinmay
  • Ahsaas Channa as Shruti
  • Ravin Makhija as Bhushan
  • Swaroop Khopkar as Usha Aunty


The motion poster of the film was released on 31 August 2017.[3]


Soundtrack album by
Released27 October 2017
GenreFeature film Soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company

The music of the film is composed by Amit Trivedi while the lyrics have been penned by Sidhant Mago.[4] The first song of the film titled as "Hai Baaki" sung by Arijit Singh was released 11 October 2017.

Track listing
1."Hai Baaki"Sidhant MagoAmit TrivediArijit Singh4:12
2."Khidki"Sidhant MagoAmit TrivediMohan Kannan5:00

Critical reception[edit]

Rukh received mostly positive reviews.

Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times gave the movie 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated, "Rukh has its own narrative technique. To categorise Rukh as an art-house film would be an injustice to Atanu Mukherjee’s talent. It’s a ‘different’ film, for the want of a better word."[5]

Times of India also rated the movie 3.5/5 and said, "It’s a rare, mature thriller that delivers the goods and keeps you engrossed."[6]

Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV also gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars and stated, "This film, an exemplar of the virtues of staying true to a chosen creative arc, announces the advent of a new writer-director clearly blessed with instinctive control over the medium."[7]

Koimoi gave the film a 3/5 rating and said, "Manoj Bajpayee Holds Your Guts Till The Last Second".[8]

Rajeev Masand also gave the movie 3 out of stars and stated, "Despite the overwhelming heaviness, and frankly a cop-out ending, the film is powered by its performances. Bajpayee and Tambe both have a melancholic stillness, while Gourav conveys angst and grief through restlessness."[9]

Namrata Joshi of The Hindu called it "a meandering and monotonous feature film".[10]

Anupama Chopra gave the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars and stated that the film is intermittently engaging yet never seems essential.[11]


Award Ceremony Category Recipient Result Ref.(s)
10th Mirchi Music Awards Upcoming Lyricist of The Year Sidhant Mago – "Khidki" Nominated [12]


  1. ^ "'Rukh' trailer: Manoj Bajpayee starrer mystery thriller will get you hooked". The Times of India. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Rukh trailer: Manoj Bajpayee crime mystery promises a thrill-a-second experience". The Financial Express. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Rukh first look: What is Manoj Bajpayee going to do this time?". Hindustan Times. 31 August 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Amit Trivedi missed father while composing Manoj Bajpayee starrer Rukh song". The Indian Express. 12 September 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Rukh movie review: Manoj Bajpayee's film has a secret that'll kill you from inside". Hindustan Times. 27 September 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Critic Review of Rukh by Times of India". Times of India. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Rukh Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee Has A Stellar Role In This Intense, Engaging Film". NDTV. 26 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Rukh Movie Review: Manoj Bajpayee Holds Your Guts Till The Last Second". Koimoi. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Rajeev Masand's Review of Rukh". 27 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  10. ^ "'Rukh' review: a meandering and monotonous feature film". The Hindu. 27 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Rukh Movie Review – Film Companion". 27 October 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Nominations – Mirchi Music Awards 2017". MMAMirchiMusicAwards. Retrieved 13 March 2018.

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