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MAKING A MARK: (From top) Dia Mirza, Konkona SenSharma, Neil Nitin Mukesh; (below) Abhay Deol and Shabana Azmi. For more pictures of the stars, visit

Twenty stars to do the catwalk for a good cause

NICOLE DASTUR Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; October 23, 2009)


When Naresh Goyal’s 20-year-old daughter Namrata Goyal, who is Shabana Azmi’s godchild, went to the village Mijwan in UP with the actress-cum-activist for the first time, she came back with an idea. Such was the life transforming experience for her.

To rewind a bit — Shabana Azmi’s NGO Mijwan Welfare Society (MWS), which was started by her father Kaifi Azmi, has been doing noteworthy work for the betterment of the villagers of Mijwan. When Namrata was amidst the villagers, she too was inspired to do something for their welfare. And that’s how
‘Mijwan — Sonnets in Fabric’, a fashion show with a difference was born, to raise funds to set up a District Learning Centre in the village. “I have always believed in the power of youth to act as catalysts for change. Fifty percent of India is under 25 years, they can change the world if they are motivated to get involved and tap into their own reserves of strength,” says Shabana.

SA The fashion contest-cum-show will
also serve as a platform for fashion designing students to showcase their talent. Students from five fashion and design institutes will take part in an inter-collegiate contest where shortlisted students will be mentored by designers Manish Malhotra and Anita Dongre, and their creations will be showcased by top stars and models including Karan Johar, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Abhay Deol, Malaika Arora-Khan, R Madhavan, Konkana SenSharma, Dia Mirza, Prachi Desai, Raima Sen, Boman Irani, Arshad Warsi, Sandhya Mridul, Mona Singh, Tupur and Tapur Chatterjee, Aditi Govitrikar, Diandra Soares, Alesia Raut and Dipannita Sharma. The show, to be held in December, will be compered by Mandira Bedi, styled by Manish and Anita and judged by eminent names. “These stars are youth icons and it will be a huge boost for these students to have their creations showcased by them,” says Shabana, adding that she is grateful to all the stars and designers for being a part of this venture absolutely free of cost. ad

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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!

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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: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Quick_Gun_Murugun-173813-1.html

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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.

BY BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

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.

Shah Rukh Khan to don the lawyer’s garb for his forthcoming film, Jolly LLB; Akshay Kumar’s best friend Rakesh Upadhyay will co-produce it
By Kunal M Shah (MUMBAI MIRROR; August 27, 2009)
For the first time, Shah Rukh Khan will play a lawyer in writer/director Subhash Kapoor’s film, Jolly LLB. This film will be produced by SRK’s Red Chillies Entertainment in association with Rakesh Upadhyay, who is a close aide of SRK’s closest competitor, Akshay Kumar. The film, which is based on a lawyer’s life, will be an expose on the judiciary system. Subhash had earlier directed a film on cricket Say Salaam India with Sanjay Suri, Vinay Pathak and Sandhya Mrudul.

Talking about SRK’s association with Rakesh, our source said, “Rakesh and SRK have been discussing various subjects for the past few months. SRK particularly liked this theme. If all goes well, the film will be on the floors by next year.”

Rakesh Upadhyay and Shah Rukh Khan

Excited by the prospect of working with SRK, Subhash Kapoor said, “The film will take on the pros and cons of the judicial system. When we first had an appointment with SRK, he had given us about 45 minutes for the narration. However, we ended up discussing the film for over two hours. He took to the film in the first 20 minutes itself. He loved the film immensely. The film’s producer Rakesh Upadhyay is finalising the other details.”

When asked if SRK will co-produce the film, Rakesh Upadhyay said, “We have been talking about working together for a long time and this is the subject that we have zeroed in on. It is too early to say anything; we will make a formal announcement when everything is in place.”