Indian Classical Movie - Gulaal
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Gulaal- The Gem of Indian Classical Cinema
In my quest for off-beat gems in Cinema, I chanced upon this movie,'Gulaal'. And I must say it's a mind blowing artistic piece of work. The film based in Rajasthan deals with the Dark sides of power, royalty , quest for legitimacy, hypocrisy of the once elite class, a fictitious secessionist movement , Ragging and Politics of University Students .No film certainly has portrayed the anger and undue demands of the feudal class so well as this one.
The best part of the film I found was the brutal satirical lyrics, most of which were penned by Piyush Mishra. For instance, the lyrics of one of the songs go as:
"Jaise door desh ke tower mein ghus jaaye re aeroplane
Jaise sare aam Iraq mein jaa kar jam gaye Uncle Sam"
(reference to 9/11 and Iraq War)
On similar lines, there is one more song Infused with fervor and vigor, it’s a call to battle which I feel has been one of the most energizing songs in a long long time, Inspired from Rashmirathi, a creation by Rashtrakavi Ram Dhari Singh Dinkar, whose few lines go as:
"Vishwa ki pukaar hai, ye Bhagwat ka saar hai
Ki yuddh hi to veer ka pramaan hai
Kauravon ki bheed ho ya Pandavon ka need ho
Jo lad saka hai wahi to mahaan hai"
What makes the movie so impressive?
The lyrics are so powerful that many a student leaders around the time when the movie was released, carried on their political campaign with it, which could set even your pulse racing with a rush of adrenaline.
According to Wikipedia This film is said to be a tribute to Sahir Ludhiyanvi, a poet who had a distinct vision for India; and depicts how that dream has been shattered. The “O Ri Duniya” song is a tribute to Pyasa’s “Ye Duniya Agar Mil Bhi Jaaye to Kya hai “
The actors were as if they were custom made for their roles. Every cast could leave an impression, no matter how small. K.K. Menon (Dukki Banna) , Deepak Dobariyal (Bhati), Mahi Gill, Aditya Srivastava, were at their best but my favourite character was 'Ransa' aka Rananjay Singh the spoilt Grandchild of Maharaja , played by Abhimanyu Singh. With his dialouge delivery, his thought process and his classic Royal Enfield he could capture the first half totally by himself. The plot of the story is like a noose which tightens as the movie progresses.
Trailer of the movie Gulaal
The Most famous Dialogue by Key Key Menon
The ending punch
Unfortunately the film was not a success when it was released but it has gained HUGE cult following overtime. Well it's one of those must watch-movies-before-you-die and you would certainly find a new angle to it, whenever you watch it. yes, every time you watch it. This movie is the reason why Anurag Kashyap is one of the best directors of the country.
Best Breakthrough Performance – Male
Standout Performance by a Music Directo
Best Supporting Actor
Star Cast of the Movie
- Kay Kay Menon as Dukki Banna
- Raj Singh Chaudhary as Dilip Singh
- Abhimanyu Singh as Rananjay Singh "Ransa"
- Aditya Srivastava as Karan, the illegitimate child of Maharaja
- Mukesh Bhatt as Bhanwar Singh
- Jesse Randhawa as Anuja or the teacher
- Deepak Dobriyal as Bhati, the right hand of Dukki Banna
- Pankaj Jha as Jarwal , the thug of the college
- Ayesha Mohan as Kiran , around whom the story revolves
- Mahi Gill as Madhuri , the bar dancer
- Piyush Mishra as Prithvi Bana, who has John Lennon's locket
- Jyoti Dogra as Dukey Bana's wife
- Teddy Maurya as Bahrupiya, Ardhnareshwar
- Sanjay Kumar as Adarsh
- Chittaranjan Giri as Police Inspector
- Murari Kumar as Murari
- Anurag Kashyap as Man at the party
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