Friday, March 27, 2009

Gulaal (also spelled Gulal on some sites): new movie with ragging scenes

Gulaal (Gulal alternate spelling) opened in Bollywood in March 2008.

Cast: Kay Kay Menon, Raj Singh Chaudhary, Ayesha Mohan, Deepak Dobriyal; Director: Anurag Kashyap;

Read the Mayur review and except:

From Mayur: "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 Secretary 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, betrayal, 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."

1 comment:

  1. Gulal evokes the finer points of Anurag Kashyap craft as a writer. Other than that, more or less its an average film. Its rustic, but most of his screenplay has this tendency.