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WHAT’S IN A NAME: A still from Fruit N Nut in which Boman Irani calls himself the “Maharaja of Bombay’’

Meena Iyer | TNN (THE TIMES OF INDIA; October 6, 2009)

Mumbai: Bollywood is wondering whether Karan Johar has been a victim of bad timing—unintentional on his part—in the controversy on the use of “Bombay’’ (and not “Mumbai’’) in some dialogues in Wake Up Sid.

For,many films of the recent past have referred to the city by its old name. And, what’s more, another upcoming film will use a lot of the B word; trade insiders say a character played by Boman Irani—in upcoming multiplex comedy Fruit N Nut—calls himself the “Maharaja of Bombay’’ and wants his city back.

Earlier this year, in screen
writer-turned-director Sooni Taraporewala’s Little Zizou, a contemporary comedy that dealt with the Parsi community, the term Bombay was used in reference to the Parsi Panchayat. And, as recently as August, in Tamil cowboy tale Quickgun Murugan, Dr Rajendra Prasad refers to Mumbai as Bombay.

Irani, whose character in Fruit N Nut is loosely based on that of Playboy boss Hugh Hefner, has a unique role of an ageing “Maharaja of Bombay’’ who has his own dungeon, very much like Hefner’s mansion where he celebrates life in style.

Reports from the unit say that Maharaja Harry Holkar,
the character that Irani plays, not only jives with young and pretty women but also claims authority over “Bombay’’, a princely state once ruled by his forefathers. The film, of course, is a work of fiction and has no historical reference as Mumbai or Bombay was never a part of any princely state. ‘Fruit N Nut’ director Kunal Vijaykar justifies the use of Bombay in his film. “My lead character is a complete mental case. He believes that he is living in 1821 when Mumbai was Bombay. He is completely westernised and he comes to this island that had the British and the Portuguese inhabiting it. Hence, he feels free to call it Bombay,’’ Vijaykar explained.

On his part, Irani said: “There are different shades to the character but it is one of the funniest I have ever played. And, of course, everyone is aware that Mumbai (or Bombay) never had a Maharaja and so it is a a work of fiction.’’

A leading trade consultant said: “Multiplex films targeted at the upper middle class tend to refer to Mumbai as Bombay. Wake Up Sid is targeted at the hip crowd of metros and Fruit N Nut is also catering to a similar segment, for which Mumbai is still Bombay. There is a certain glamour and romance attached to Bombay which Mumbai somehow lacks.’’

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.


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!

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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.

Make way for Quickgun Murugan and his steed on the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Since animals are not allowed on it, the horse will ride in an open tempo, while Murugan will ride the horse
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 06, 2009)
Where there is will, Quickgun Murugan will find a way, saar. The quirky cowboy and his majestic steed will gallantly cross the Bandra Worli Sea Link, with a little help from a four-wheeler friend. Telegu superstar Dr Rajendra Prasad, who plays the role of the desi cowboy had given a formal application to the regulating authorities of the Sea Link, requesting for special permission to ride his horse on the bridge. However, the authorities referred to the law that animals are not allowed on the newly built bridge.

Quickgun Murugan

Undeterred by the response of MSRDC, Quickgun came up with a brainwave. According to Plan B, he will hire an open tempo, the horse will ride in the tempo, while Quickgun will ride the horse as the tempo carries them across the Sea Link. It’s a simple case of creative interpretation of the rules without breaking them.

Dr Rajendra Prasad said, “I was disheartened by the response from the authorities. Instead of taking it seriously, they almost made fun of it. But where there is a will, there is a way. As per the rules, I can go on the Sea Link with any four-wheeler after paying the toll and I will take my tempo. My horse and I will be the cargo. It’s a simple solution.”

The character, inspired by SRK’s Rascala act in Om Shanti Om, will be crossing the Sea Link atop an open tempo later this month.