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By Taran Adarsh, January 1, 2010 – 12:32 IST
After almost five years, accomplished actor Saurabh Shukla returns to the director’s chair with RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI?, a film that’s making the right buzz. Making an adult comedy that talks of one night stand is tough. But giving the serious issue a humorous take is tougher.
RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? is about relationships and also looks at the philanderers, who, despite being committed, don’t mind having a PYT in a closet, for no strings attached fun.
You may draw parallels with THE HANGOVER because the protagonist can’t recall anything that happened the previous night. But it must also be said that the film throws a few surprises, which makes it completely different from any film, past or present.
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But there’s one factor that throws a spanner. There’s not much meat in the story. Also, it unravels at an excruciatingly slow pace. In fact, the wheels start moving only towards the penultimate 20 odd minutes, when the answers start coming.
In a nutshell, RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? offers a few laughs, not laughter unlimited!
Rahul [Rajat Kapoor] wakes up with a bad hangover after a party the night before. There, he had met a sexy young woman Sophia [Neha Dhupia]. They got drunk and there were sparks flying. But Rahul doesn’t remember what happened after that. Did they go all the way?
His wife Mitali [Irawati Harshe Mayadev] is in a particularly bad mood and Rahul suspects that she might know about his little escapade last night. Rahul starts chasing his night, trying to retrieve it, trying to find out what really happened.
His friends Saxena [Dalip Tahil] and Amit [Vinay Pathak] are going through their own marital crisis of sorts. Driven to his wits end, he realizes that he must meet Sophia again to get the answers.
Almost three decades ago, Basu Chatterjee made an adult comedy called SHAUKEEN, which told the story of three men who eye a pretty girl, who’s completely oblivious of their intentions. In this film too, director Saurabh Shukla looks at three men with a roving eye.
Sadly, the screenplay [writers: Saurabh Shukla and Rajat Kapoor] falls woefully short in terms of generating interest. In fact, till three-fourths of the movie, there’s not much movement in the story, except for a few humour-laden sequences. It also moves lethargically and is unnecessarily slack.
Ankur Tewari’s music is strictly functional. Fuwad Khan’s cinematography captures the varied moods well.
The film scores in the performance department. Every member of the cast – Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Dalip Tahil, Irawati Harshe Mayadev, Anu Menon, Navniit Nisshan and Aamir Bashir – deliver fine performances. Especially Rajat and Vinay. Ranvir Shorey, Makrand Deshpande and Sudhir Mishra appear in cameos.
On the whole, RAAT GAYI, BAAT GAYI? doesn’t work.
A film like Quick Gun Murugan can easily please its audience. Reason is simple-it doesn’t give a chance to its audience to complain that the film is nonsense because the film is indeed nonsensical and audiences are well aware of it before venturing to see it. And this is what makes Quick Gun Murugun an entertainer-it fulfills all the expectations associated with it. It is illogical, the characters are weird and it is a complete spoof. And most importantly, the film is unique!
The story of the movie: Quick Gun Murugun (Dr. Rajendraprasad) is a South Indian cowboy who feels it’s his duty to destroy evil. He decides to teach Rice Plate Reddy (Naseer) a lesson after he learns that Reddy is converting all vegetarian restaurants into non-veg in a village in South India. Unfortunately, QGM fails to finish his ‘duty’ and is transported to Swarglok and from there to present-day Mumbai. Reddy is now a rich man and is about to begin a chain of restaurants, called McDosa which would provide world’s first and the best non-veg Dosa! QGM plans to stop him. On the other hand, our hero is in a dilemma when he comes across voluptuous Mango Dolly (Rambha) who loves him like crazy. But QGM feels he can’t think of any girl other than his first love Locket Girl (Anu Menon). How Quick Gun Murugun solves his ‘problems’ is what the film is all about!
In the entire duration of 90 minutes, senseless but humourous situations take place in the film and majority of them are pretty impressive. Of course, the specialty of the film is its action sequences. The action scenes are literally out of this world and kudos to the screenwriter and director for coming up with such stuff!
The storyline too is novel. The villain here is kidnapping. Whom, you may ask. The mothers who are the best cooks! Murugun reunites with his elder brother with a shooting spree in the latter’s house, destroying many articles in the home and the mother is looking at them, happily! And Murugun’s first love, Locket Girl, stays in a locket throughout the film and gives suggestions to our hero! I’ve said enough but there are many more such hilarious situations in the film! Go, watch it for yourself.
The minuses of the film are its gory violence. There’s too much bloodshed in the film which not appeal to some audiences. Also, killing an important character in the climax was just not done.
Everyone here in the film was at its best. Dr Rajendraprasad charms with his brilliant performance. His character needed a certain kind of style and the actor was able to fulfill this demand. Naseer was equally good as the villain. Raju Sundaram (as Rowdy MBA, Reddy’s right hand) played the coolest character in the film and performed wonderfully. His style and the background score created especially for him make Rowdy MBA a memorable character!
Rambha was perfect for her role and look every inch the hot plump seductress. Shanmughraja as Gunpowder was hilarious. Ashwin Mushran as Dr Jango and Sandhya Mridul as the news reporter were okay. Vinay Pathak as Chitragupta was impressive. Ranvir Shorey was there only for a 12-second scene but was damn funny.
Sagar Desai’s music works well as it’s in sync with the mood of the film. The song ‘Chat Mangni Lover’ is the best song of the lot. Hear it to believe it! Daniel George’s background score was loud and heroic and just that was expected for such a film. Sham Kaushal’s action scenes were the highlight of the film. Visual effects by Prime Focus were a treat.
Rajesh Devraj wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues. It excels almost completely in all departments. However, it would have been better if he had come up with even more hilarious and unexpected scenes in the film. It would have worked wonders. And Shashanka Ghosh, the director, who had earlier made Waisa Bhi Hota Hai-Part II, does a fine job. It requires guts to come up with such a film and Ghosh, knowing his job well, manages to do justice to the plot.
Some of the best scenes of the movie:
1. QGM’s duel with Gunpowder
2. The resignation letter scene
3. QGM reuniting with his brother
4. Mothers getting kidnapped
5. Rowdy MBA at QGM’s house
6. QGM’s duel with Rowdy MBA (excellent scene)
7. QGM’s scenes with Mango Dolly
8. The dabba wala sequence
9. The climax and the final scene
On the whole, Quick Gun Murugun entertains. The writer-director duo comes up with a zany film and although they could have done an even better job, the film is still worth watching, at home, if not in theatre. Your money and time won’t go waste, I say!
My rating-*** out of 5!
This review first appeared on MouthShut.com:
By Taran Adarsh, August 28, 2009 – 09:28 IST
[English, with generous dose of Tamil]
Recall the cinema of 1970s. The villains would spray bullets at the hero, even throw bombs at him, but the hero would come out unscathed. The hero, in turn, would fire in the air, the bullet would hit the lamp post, bounce towards the villain and enter his skull. The hero was truly a superhero.
Welcome to the crazy, madcap world of QUICK GUN MURUGAN. In this film, the hero and villain are at loggerheads. The fight is between vegetarian and non-vegetarian [meals]. Here, the villain wants to make the best dosa in town and kidnaps women who have the perfect recipe for making delicious dosas.
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QUICK GUN MURUGAN is not the stereotypical movie, but it borrows from all stereotypical movies that made Indian cinema so distinct from rest of the world. The best part is, QUICK GUN MURUGAN is innovative.
One sentence verdict? Try this dosa… it’s delicious!
Quick Gun Murugun [Dr. Rajendra Prasad] is an unlikely superhero. He is a sincere South Indian cowboy who considers it his duty to serve and protect. The movie revolves around the misadventures of Quick Gun Murugun and his fight with his arch villain Rice Plate Reddy [Nasser].
Quick Gun Murugun enters into an epic battle that spans time and space, from a small South Indian village to Swarglok and then finally to the cosmopolitan Mumbai. He is torn between Mango Dolly [Rambha], who loves him and his first love Locket Girl [Anu Menon] and his loyalty is put to the test.
QUICK GUN MURUGAN depicts the war between good and evil and what makes it a novel experience is that the characters are straight out of 1970s. Director Shashanka Ghosh’s choice of the subject as also the execution deserves credit.
But there’s a hitch. There’s too much Tamil in the film, which though explained by sub-titles, may prove a deterrent in non-Tamil areas. In fact, the South Indian appeal would restrict its penetration into the nook and corner of the country.
Dr. Rajendra Prasad and Nasser vie for top honours. Both excel. Rambha suits the role. Anu Menon is good. Raju Sundaram does a fine job. Vinay Pathak has a brief role. Ditto for Ranvir Shorey, Gaurav Kapur and Sandhya Mridul. Ashwin Mushran is first-rate. Kishori Balla [Anni] is perfect.
On the whole, QUICK GUN MURUGAN is an innovative experience. The adventures should appeal to the youth mainly.