Film: “Guddu Rangeela”; Language: Hindi; Cast: Arshad Warsi, Ronit Roy, Amit Sadh, Aditi Rao Hydari, Shri Swara, Sandeep Goyat and Dibyendu Bhattacharya; Director: Subhash Kapoor; Rating: ****
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While the mere mention of “Guddu Rangeela” conjures the image of a frivolous and frothy tale of two bumpkins, in reality this one is quite a dynamite.
What starts of seemingly as the tale of two small-time musicians with an orchestra in Haryana, Guddu (Amit Sadh) and Rangeela (Arshad Warsi), who are also part-time informants aiding robberies to make a fast buck, unfurls as a layered revenge saga with khap politics as the backdrop.
Ronit Roy as the powerful and corrupt self-proclaimed muscleman Billu Pehalwan portrays his character effortlessly with the right degree of rugged ruthlessness.
Aditi Rao Hydari unfortunately pales in comparison to these three actors. She is convincing, but does not render a powerful performance.
Some of the lesser known actors who essay the characters of ‘Bangali’ the Informer, the police inspector and his aide, light up the screen with their brilliant performances. The antakshari scene with the constable outside the bathroom, is nothing short of absolute talent, proving that an actor needs only one scene to shine.
The background score by Hitesh Sonik and music by Amit Trivedi enhance the flavour of the film. The lyrics, are not only poetry, but enmeshed with humour too, capture the essence of the film’s setting so aptly.
Quality writing apart, Subhash Kapoor’s direction exudes intelligence and maturity. His astute handling of a complex drama, with strong messages, camouflaged in entertainment, is extraordinary. There is never a dull moment and the script is crisp and well-contained. Movie Timings Jammu
It is after a long time that one witnesses action scenes which are engaging and not merely technically-sound and robotic. You feel for the characters and long for the villain to be punished. Movie Timings Jammu
Big surprises come in small packages, and “Guddu Rangeela” is easily one of the best ones in the first half of this year. Watch this one and treat yourself to a good film.