Anurag Kashyap is a good man. And till I saw Gangs of Wasseypur I thought he was a brilliant director too. But after watching GoW, I’m compelled to believe that he too has fallen in the trap of sleaze. I’m sorry, strong words but I cant help it.
I simply loved the way Black Friday was made. I am a fan of narrative style of film making. And that, I must say, is the best part of Gangs of Wasseypur. But that apart, AK has gone over board in portraying, what now the whole of India believes dirty side of Jharkhand (erstwhile Bihar). I’m not sure if this is what he wanted to show.
We are Indians. Where our heart truly lies is in creativity shown in its vibrant best mood. The reality is we don’t go to movies to watch what is happening in the neighborhood. Some times we like movies that touch the real picture in the country (Black Friday, Bandit Queen, Paan Singh Tomar) and we get impressed with the heroics of some of us. We are a country where Ram kills Ravan, Krishna kills Kansa and Arjun lords over the Kauravas. Though I agree that there are more demons fighting with each other than gods in this Kaliyug, I dont want to see them in the crudest possible manner.
This is indeed my personal opinion about a movie I felt was a bit too much to digest. I now hate Anurag for making me watch it, because I loved him till GoW. But I have had enough of it now. I want to believe that AK didnt direct any movie after Gulaal and didnt produce any movie after Shaitaan.
We love you AK, but we hate Gangs of Wasseypur!
Gulaal is raw. Gulaal is eccentric. Gulaal is charismatic and Gulaal is very effective.
With his genre of film making, Anurag Kashyap has garnered quite a few fans amongst all kinds of masses. I’m a guy who drives to a multiplex, eats at the malls and spends 500 bucks on movies over a weekend. On the other side of the road, there is a guy who travels in buses, survives on vada pav and watches movies in small theatres spending not more than 50 bucks. Gulaal is sure to strike both me and him.
Gulaal is a story of a young innocent Rajput Dilip Singh (portrayed by Raj Singh Choudhary) who enrolls for a course in law and gets embroiled into the dirty world of student politics. The movie is set in the backdrop of a fight for separate Rajputana region and how the student elections are used as a stage to launch the fight against perceived injustice by government of India. Dilip falls victim to a brutal ragging by some of his college mates. He finds a friend in Rannanjay Singh, an estranged heir of the royal family of Rajpur. But hings turn out to be sour when the ragging leader Jadwal (brilliant portrayal by Deepak Dobriyal) decides to turn the heat up on them. They are helped by the ‘Banaa’ or the unofficial senapati of the Rajputanas, Duki (Kay Kay Menon). Rannanjay decides to contest elections for the General Secy of university, but is murdered because of an old family feud and Dilip is draggged in. What unfolds is a story of love, lost families, betrayl, friendship and old rivalries for the coveted post of Banaa. The movie climax looks to be a derivative of ‘The Departed’.
All in all, Gulaal impresses mainly because of its raw portrayal of the Rajputana movement and the life in a college campus, especially regarding elections. Kay Kay Menon is argualbly the best in the lot. But without doubt, debutans Ayesha Menon and Raj Singh Choudhary, Deepak Dobriyal and Piyush Mishra have crafted splendid unforgetful performances. Gulaal may not be a movie for masses, especially the Shah Rukh Khan fans. But it surely scripts brilliantly for the ones who enjoy hard core cinema in the raw format. Hail Anurag Kashyap! After Black Friday, No Smoking and Dev.D here comes another stunner from the acclaimed director. Go for it!