Gulaal is stamped with the now well known Anurag Kashyap’s style signature. This film is an aesthetic surrealistic cerebral cinematic idiom exploring the foibles of human nature vis-à-vis the fragile human society.
Anurag Kashyap does not believe in linear story telling. He always comes out with random scenic brilliance with the protagonist holding the connecting thread.
Gulaal is not filmed with Red Digital but the theme is red…revolution, revulsion, repulsion, restitution and a resolute struggle for requisite identity.
The plot of Gulaal revilves around Dukey Bana (Kay Kay Menon), an unscrupulous heir of a former Rajput princely kingdom, who is bent upon to resurrect the past glory. Then there is a wavering Rajput youngster Rananjay Singh Ransa (Abhimanyu Singh) who hates the past, not sure of the future and can’t cope with the present. There is a manipulator (Aditya Srivastava) who desperately strives to dethrone Dukey and restore the pride of the Bana royalty but becomes the victim of his own viciousness. There are Jadwal (Pankaj Jha), Anuja (Jesse Randhawa), Bhati (Deepak Dobriyal ) and Kiran (Ayesha Mohan) each having an agenda.
Enters a novice (Raja Singh Chaudhary) who activates everything in a catalystic cascade towards catatonic catastrophy of the characters.
Gulaal being the director’s expression of cinematic narration every character is etched carefully and sometimes left with deliberate carelessness. As such every artiste in this film performed to his/her potential and ability.
Most outstanding performances come from Kay Kay Menon, Abhimanyu Singh and Deepak Dobriyal.
Raj Singh Chaudhary and Aditya Srivastav are extraordinary. Ayesha Mohan and Mahie Gill are top-notch.
Gulaal is Anurag Kashyap’s medium of expression. Non-conformity with both the mainstream formula and the off-beat routine makes Gulaal a unique cinematic exploration.
This film is a plaited canvas of multiple strands of colourful concotions. The narration is surreal with almost real characters. The dialogues are realistic. Lyrics by Piyush Mishra are meaningful. Rajeev Ravi’s Cinematography, editing and audiography are conspicuous by their quality of execution.
Anurag Kashyap’s Gulaal is strictly for those who seek metro-multiplex celluloid experience and for the serious students of cinema.
“Kashyap’s ‘Gulaal’ is intelligent, intense, disturbing, poignant and expectedly, cerebral” — Taran Adarsh
“Where the film scores big is in the way it ranges caste affiliations, student-and-slightly-dodgy-gender-politics, and the hunger to rule, and presents them as a throbbing, inextricable mix: this is real India, which so many of us do not even know exists. ‘Gulal’ demands to be watched: this is a film with power.” —Indian Express
“With its protagonist’s nightmarish ambitions to change Indian democracy into an exclusive monarchy of a single community, Gulal becomes a topical critique of every contemporary political movement that talks of the supremacy of one community or region over the rest.” —Times of India
The Cast and Crew
Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Jesse Randhawa, Deepak Dobriyal, Aditya Srivastava, Ayesha Mohan, Piyush Mishra, Abhimanyu Singh and others
Director: Anurag Kashyap
3.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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