Guddu Rangeela Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:42:11.6500000 IST


Another Fox Star Studios presentation, the Subhash Kapoor (PHAS GAYA RE OBAMA and JOLLY LLB fame) directed GUDDU RANGEELA promises whacky fun, in sync with situational music by the such-much 'hat ke' composer Amit Trivedi. The lyricist this time around is Irshad Kamil.

GUDDU RANGEELA MOVIE STILLS
GUDDU RANGEELA MOVIE STILLS

The title song, 'Guddu Rangeela', sung well by Amit and Divya sketches the characters of the two main male protagonists in a very entertaining and humorous manner. Lyrics are just apt and so are the minimal arrangements that adorn the song.

The remix is worth a try and the added beats heighten the fun.

The passionate love song, 'Sooiyaan', rests solely on Arijit's silky vocals (although Chinmayi Sripada provides good support) and is a nice soft number that is pleasant to the ears. Irshad's lyrics are unique and in sync with the situation.

'Sahebaan' is a lovely, refreshingly melodious love ballad that attracts due to its nice rhythm and simple lyrics. Chinmayi Sripada's sweet vocals complement Shahid| Mallya's rendition.

'Mata Ka E-Mail' is the jagran/jagrata song for the Gen X (with e-mail and facebook thrown in!) and one must commend Irshad Kamil for really funny and whacky lyrics that bring a smile instantly. In fact one does not miss Amitabh Bhattacharya here (who is Amit's trusted lieutenant in most cases). Singer Gajendra Phogat (along with Subhash Kapoor) sings with heart and emotions .

Summing up, there is no doubt that Amit Trivedi is in full form here and has once again come up with some entertaining and unconventional compositions that are sure to blend seamlessly with the script. Our picks 'Mata Ka E-Mail' and 'Saahebaan'. The film opens all over on 3rd July and songs are sure to gain even more popularity afterwards.

Music Review Rating Chart :-
Excellent - 4.5 & above
Very Good - 4
Good - 3.5
Average/Passable - 3
Pathetic - 2.5 & below


Expectations are bound to let you down at times; and this is exactly what GUDDU RANGEELA does to me. I expected a hard-hitting tale on the Manoj-Babli honour killing case of Haryana, as was being projected in the media. But alas, although it does have that buried in its plot, it's not.

GUDDU RANGEELA MOVIE STILLS
GUDDU RANGEELA MOVIE STILLS

Having said that, looking at it another way, Subhash Kapoor, who won accolades for his JOLLY LLB, does address a very pertinent issue, but without coming hard on the subject. He does not get preachy, gets in a few scenes to highlight the 'Khap Panchayat' verdicts over the years and leaves it at that.

Kapoor uses the tale smartly to weave his plot to unravel a masala film that has action, emotion, humor, drama and suspense. To that end, Kapoor has kept his promise of telling real stories about real people and real spaces with a tinge of humor and satire.

GUDDU RANGEELA has all of the above-mentioned ingredients, but yet lacks that killer punch. This is cinema of the 80s when Manmohan Desai and Prakash Mehra ruled the roost. I particularly like the background score. The use of trumpets and guitar, give it that wild-west feel.

Guddu (Amit Sadh) and Rangeela (Arshad Warsi) are brothers who perform at village functions, be it when a rich villager gets a visa to Kenya for his son or a birthday. They scan the homes at these parties and give off information to gangs of organized robbers about a possible booty. This information comes at a price. The money they collect goes to the lawyer for a 10-year old case they are fighting in court.

An 'underworld PR', who was earlier a 'police pigeon' ropes them in for a kidnapping, promising Rs 10 lakh. All this while they were conning the robbers; this time, they are conned. But there is a reason as to why Guddu and Rangeela have been selected for this particular kidnapping. That is the twist in the tale.

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There are a few preposterous moments like when Gora Bengali (Dibyendu Battacharya) is being brutally assaulted by Billu (Ronit Roy) and his henchman. Soon he is free of his scars and is as good as new. Another scene is at the end, when the two girls suddenly disappear from besides Guddu and Rangeela to take the film to its climax. Ceeti moments alright, but still, 'Kapoor-type of-cinema' defying moments!

Arshad Warsi and Ronit Roy are the live wires who ignite passion at both ends of the spectrum. And while both give off superb performances, they are getting typecast. Arshad needs to break free from his comfort zone to play diverse roles. Ditto Ronit and Brijendra Kala.

Amit Sadh who was last seen in KAI PO CHE as Omi Shastri is the type of diverse performance I'm talking about. This is a brand new character presented in a brand new manner. The actor remains the same. You will not find a single shade of Omi in Guddu and that is a huge high for any actor.

Aditi Rao Hydari has a limited scope in which she excels while Shreeswara packs a punch in her cameo.

GUDDU RANGEELA is entertaining no doubt, but lacks that special Kapoor touch!

Rating 3/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Arshad Warsi, Aditi Rao Hydari, Amit Sadh and Ronit Roy
  • Lyrics: Irshad Kamil
  • Director: Subhash Kapoor
  • Music Director: Amit Trivedi
  • Release Date : 03 Jul 2015