‘MSG 2 – The Messenger’: Propaganda at its best (IANS Movie Review, Rating – 1/2)

Film: “MSG 2 – The Messenger”; Cast: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Arprit Ranka, Honeypreet Insan, Charanpreet Insan, Shan-E-Meet Insan, Rooh-E-Meet Insan, Rohit Khurana, Kainaat Toor, Sukhwinder Singh, Aman Walia Insan; Director: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Jeetu Arora; Rating: 1/2

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s “MSG 2 – The Messenger” is an obnoxiously crafted propaganda film that lacks finesse.

At the very onset, the narration deviously camouflages the saccharine-laced ideologies with a disclaimer in English which clearly mentions, “this film is a fictitious piece of art and the protagonists don’t claim to have any miraculous powers”.

I wonder if the foolish and gullible multitudes watching this film will actually pay attention to this slide?

With the premise of converting, the “paakhandis and rakshashona to insaan, civilised humans, the plot blatantly plunges into the crux of the matter where, the paakhandis and rakshashon are the pretenders, the corrupt and the tribals.

The narration begins with a tackily produced action sequence where Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rescues two small boys from an inferno. And he adds, to save a life you need a heart, which he has and he is the messiah.

Addressed as Pitaji – father, Guruji – teacher and Adi-Guru – supreme teacher, he is in search of the lost souls, to give them solace.

Quoting various religious heads, he assures the audience about the goodness of God, but not before giving an insight into his Shah Satnam Ji Green “S” Welfare Force, a disaster relief and social welfare agency, which provides selfless service to humanity and how they have saved lives in North Eastern India.

There is no story and the narration hinges on a wafer-thin plot, where a corrupt king-pin, who deals in all the possible vices, manipulates the ministry, the police and the army.

The plot designed, sermonises about converting the “asabhya to sabhya” (indecent to decent). It also preaches about the ill-practices of; child marriages, human sacrifices, alcoholism, cigarette smoking and meat eating. Though serious, the poorly handled issue inadvertently sounds hilarious.

There is no thought given to the characterization and their graphs. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh rules the roost and all others play second fiddle to him.

His messages are interjected with flashy songs, sung by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh himself. The songs are tuned to the remixes from aT-Series” repertoire. Neither are the songs nor the performances memorable.

On the technical front, with a massive production budget, the sets and costumes are opulent and elaborate. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s crystal, stones and mirror studded ensemble includes a matching headgear, which makes him seem outlandish.

And the background score oscillates between “Dhan, dhan sat guru tera hi aasara” and the title number, “MSG.”

The computer generated images of the animals like; the bull, the elephants, pythons and water buffaloes are a tad tacky. This along with the gaudy graphics, flashy effects and verbal assurances, I am sure would sway the gullible audiences.

Overall this is a highly avoidable film.

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