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FR 12 – GULAAL (2009) – Long live the Revolution!

May 3, 2009

Mad Professor Marks: 7 out of 10

What?! Enfant Terrible Anurag Kashyap’s DEV D, a modern take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s classic Bengal novel Devdas got released 6th Feb and GULAAL on 13th March? Is this guy ever sleeping??! This release date is due to the fact that GULAAL was completed 2006 (!!) and its release delayed for various reasons.

GULAAL tells the story of a separitist movement in the fictitious town Rajpur, student politics, power struggle and betrayal. Kay Kay Menon as Dukey Bana is so sensationally good that many industry insiders believe that if GULAAL would have been released in 2006 not only Kay Kay Menon’s career would have taken off in a much different way but it would even left its impact on the entire industry and many young filmmakers. Three years later GULAAL has arrived. For India’s young generation the work of Anurag Kashyap and Vishal Bhardwaj (MAQBOOL, OMKARA) is the future of Indian filmmaking, other viewers – like most of my Western friends – do prefer old-fashioned/emotional films like RAB NE BANA DI JODI when it comes to Hindi films – as a change to the Western diet.  The choice is all yours.

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