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Gulaal  (2009 - Hindi)

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  • Gulaal rating: 6 out of 10(Pravir wrote on 13 Mar 2009)

    Un-Holi Intentions

    Political motives and power-game often lure and utilize the student workforce, the results of which are disastrous for the society. How the future of the nation turn into self-destructive souls is what the story is all about.

    Dukey Bana (Kay Kay Menon) is the heir of a former Rajput ruler from Rajasthan, who ended his life after being stripped down of power. Dukey leads the separatist Rajputana movement and to sustain it he is funded by many, and he uses local college funds as well. He lives a king size life, which includes his wife (Seema Rehmani), his poet-socialist elder brother Prithvi Singh (Piyush Mishra), and he also keeps a one-time-struggling-actress-now-beautician Madhuri (Mahie Gill). Dilip Singh (Raj Singh Chaudhary) comes to Jaipur for studying law after his post graduation. His initial stay is arranged away from the college, along with Rananjay Singh (Abhimanyu Singh) who is the son of a former Maharaja with whom he has ideological differences and therefore he stays separately. Rananjay is flamboyant, blunt and a playboy, and so Raj’s brother advises him to get the hostel as soon as possible.

    While searching for a place in the hostel, Raj is brutally tortured by his seniors (Pankaj Jha and others). He is kept naked in a room by them with a girl Anuja (Jesse Randhawa), who in-fact is the new teacher trainee in his college. Upon return, Rananjay tries to take revenge for him, but this time both get worse treatment by them. Bhati (Deepak Dobriyal) offers help to them and takes them to his boss Dukey. After sorting out the matter, Dukey convinces Rananjay to contest in the GS elections for Rajputana. His main rival is Kiran (Ayesha Mohan) who is backed by her brother Karan (Aditya Srivastava). Kiran and Karan are illegitimate heirs of Rananjay’s father. Dukey tries to get Kiran disqualified for the election, and in resentment Karan abducts Rananjay and after a verbal fight kills him. Dukey now places Raj in the election, who eventually wins it. Karan hatches a plan to take over the power game, by first getting Raj seduced and overpowered by Kiran and then force him to resign. Then Kiran gets Dukey emotionally attached to her and becomes the GS. Madhuri is unhappy about these developments, and she prompts Raj to take revenge…

    The film has all the ingredients for becoming a real entertainer – a good plotline, great dialogues, superb camerawork, towering performances by half a dozen actors and mesmerizing music. The problem lies with the screenplay and the narrative (mostly in the second half). The Raj’s characterization and film’s climax are exceptionally weak. Anurag has tried but not able to do complete justice in consolidating all the subplots together. But overall, it still is a decent effort.

    Performances: Kay Kay Menon is an actor par-excellence and he, along with Abhimanyu Singh, Piyush Mishra, Deepak Dobriyal, Pankaj Jha and Mahie Gill make this film strong from acting point of view. Ayesha Mohan is effective. Jesse Randhawa mostly plays a symbolic character and does alright in her scope. Raj Singh Chaudhary as the main male protagonist is the weakest link among the cast. His dialogue delivery is flat, facial expression stoned, and he does not evolve along with the plot smoothly, causing the climax to be tame.

    Music: Piyush Mishra is a winner, being able to do justice to act, write, compose and sing in the same film. The lines are brilliantly written, with apt use of modern day lingo, punch lines and brands. A true tribute to the maestro Sahir Ludhianvi.

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