Sunday, 15 March, 2009


Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Abhimanyu Singh, Deepak Dobriyal, Aditya Srivastava, Piyush Mishra and Raj Singh Chaudary
Music: Piyush Mishra
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Genre: Thriller
Result: Thrills you!!

Basic Plot:
Rajputs trying to bring back their lost glory.

Since all these years Movie making is a medium for filmmakers to make money or to educate people. Now there is a new breed of filmmakers who make movies because it's their passion. Anurag Kashyap falls into that category. His latest offering Gulaal may not be intended for masses and may not be intended to educate people. Still it is a movie which has a lot to offer for people who believe in good and honest cinema. Gulaal is inspired by Sahir Ludhianvi's lyrics "Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye tho kya" from Guru Dutt's Pyaasa. Anurag Kashyap started making this movie long back in 2001 and he confesses that the movie is close to his heart. Set in a fictional village in Rajasthan, Gulaal deals with politics, Rajputana and students. The movie starts off with a speech from Duki Bana(Kay Kay Menon) which explains people the main plot of the movie. Duki Bana(He is a Rajput) says that "A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against it's government". He believes that congress government which came in to ruling after British rule took away all powers from Rajputs. Even after 60 years of independence India is not a developed country. So Duki Bana wants to bring back Rajputana party(Formed by a group of Rajputs) in to power in order to develop India. To do all these things he need money and to make money he decides to use a local university politics. From this point movie unfolds an intense political drama. Can't reveal much details of the story because it is a thriller.

Kay Kay Menon shines in the role of Duki Bana. Piyush Mishra as the brother of Duki Bana did well. Aditya Srivatsava as the illegal son of the king played his role very well. Raj Singh Chaudary did well as the student who joins in the college for Law. Deepak Dobriyal with his cool act as the right hand of Duki Bana and Abhimanyu Singh as the son of the king and room mate of hero stands out as the top performers. Abhimanyu singh got some very good one liners and his presence brought so much energy in to the scenes.

Technical Departments:
Anurag Kashyap once again proved himself as the master story teller. He never deviated from the main story line and executed every scene with perfection. He succeeded in extracting intense performance from all the actors though some of them are new to movies. he is the future of bollywood. Screenplay of the movie is top class. Always keeps audience engaged with some doubts and fears in their mind. After Anurag, Piyush Mishra impresses with his music. He also played the role of Kay Kay's brother Prithvi Bana. His lyrics and music suited well to the situation and background of the movie. Rajeev Ravi's cinematography gave enough darkness to the movie. He used some dark shades to give perfect feel to all scenes. Production values are good.

Watch the movie for it's bold theme and perfectly executed scenes. If you want to know the best way of story telling go and watch Gulaal. If you are a dark movies fan or interested in politics then it's a must watch for you. If you are looking for a decent and entertaining movie then Gulaal is not the perfect one for you. The concept may look irrelevant to some audience because most of the scenes deals with Rajputs and their living style.

Entertainment Quotient: 6 out of 10

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