Rating: 2.5/5 Stars (Two and half stars)
Star Cast: Arshad Warsi, Amit Sadh, Aditi Rao Hydari
Director: Subhash Kapoor
What’s Good: Subhash Kapoor’s tongue-in-cheek dialogues ride this film all through.
What’s Bad: Course of the second half with an overstretched climax.
Loo break: A quick one would do!
Watch or Not?: Watch if you wish to see an out and out B-town drama with a social message.
Guddu aka Gulshan Ram (Amit Sadh) and Rangeela aka Radheshyam (Arshad Warsi) are the orchestra duo in Haryana. Apart from performing at the local events, the duo work as ‘Khabris’ (informers) for the town’s goons. Whilst they try hard not to mess with the law, one incident lands them up in the police station. After fleeing from there, Guddu-Rangeela are offered a special job by Bengali, who calls himself the PR of mafia. They are offered a job of kidnapping Baby (Aditi Rao Hydari) a deaf and mute girl. The kidnapping is expected to fetch them ten lakhs and hence they take it up. Meanwhile, they learn that Baby has some other plans and in fact she is not even deaf or mute. On being probed, she reveals, that Billo Pehalwan (Ronit Roy) is her Jiju and that she seeks revenge of her sister’s death from him. In the meanwhile, we are fed with Billo’s dark side as he heads the Khap Panchayat that supports honour killings. There is also a parallel story of Rangeela’s past that holds importance in the time to come. Billo and Rangeela seek each other’s lives but a certain past will knock them both off.
Guddu Rangeela Review: Script Analysis
Subhash Kapoor restored our faith in thoughtful cinema with Jolly LLB but lacks the punch with this film. His treatment to deal with the Khap disputes in India through Guddu Rangeela fails. Why? Because it is packaged with commercial elements of revenge and love. The budding love story of Guddu and Baby is unlikely and unnecessary. The ‘degi kya’ and ‘legi kya’ dialogues do not quite work as romance. Humour is constantly witty in the film as the dialogues are strong with innumerable puns. Even though predictable, the first half builds a decent pace. What kills the film altogether is its second half that drags miserably. The script has its moments and hits the right notes only once in a while, making it a jerky potholed journey.
Guddu Rangeela Review: Star Performances
Amongst the lot, Arshad Warsi once again impresses as an honest actor. He essays Rangeela with all his heart. Arshad quite effortlessly slips into this role. The only problem is that, he and Amit fail to portray the required bromance in the film.
Amit Sadh seemed to have gone AWOL post Kai Po Che. As Guddu, he manages to put up a decent show. Even though his character does not have much meat, he shows great potential. Guddu Rangeela could prove to be a decent addition to his filmography.
Aditi Rao Hydari does not have a sizable role in the film. She shares little screen space in the film. Her act as Baby is not exceptional but average.
Ronit Roy as Billo is the other lead in the film after Arshad Warsi. The actor does a brilliant job as the antagonist and his Haryanvi accent is top notch. Although it is sad to see him getting limited in roles that are similar. Ronit definitely is getting stereotyped and that’s a waste of his talent.
Dibyendu Bhattacharya as Bengali is also impressive in the film.
Guddu Rangeela Review: Direction, Editing and Screenplay
It’s like Subhash Kapoor fails to hold his cards right in the film. Other than a script that falters, the director also fails to capture the right essence of the film. The screenplay is wavering and hence the film lacks at giving us jerks with its twists. Editing is shoddy as the film lags in the second half so much so that it loses meaning altogether. An untimely addition of a dialogue on the social issues in India leaves you yawning unfortunately. Kapoor tries to read too much into something that he has not portrayed clearly. While on one hand Kapor wants his film to talk about serious issues, the climax becomes pathetically shallow thanks to its Bollywoodish nature. Even Amit Trivedi’s music fails and the lack of a single good number in the film is something you cringe about. Cinematography is average and does not require any special mention.
Guddu Rangeela Review: The Last Word
Guddu Rangeela‘s quirky dialogues do not make up for its overly commercial plot. The film loses its meaning thanks to a dragging second half. I am going with a 2.5/5 for this film.
Guddu Rangeela Trailer
Guddu Rangeela releases on 3rd July, 2015.
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