Guddu Rangeela Reviews
Guddu Rangeela has flashes of the originality we saw in Kapoor's earlier films Jolly LLB and particularly Phas Gaye Re Obama. But it's weighed down by a lousy script that squanders all potential.
...the movie is fashioned as a jaunty ride through Jatland, a theme currently all the rage in Bollywood. Kapoor demonstrates a growing assuredness, which is clear in the robust, cracking portions of the film: all he now needs is a solid hole-less plot with lines to match.
The ingredients are all there and there are times it’s all good and rollicking, but a lot of it seems slapped hurriedly together. The fact that Guddu and Rangeela are a couple of weary dogsbodies who, according to their theme song, 'drink down their own tears, neat' is never shown to us, only told. Still, it’s a decent ride.It’s no Ishqiya, but at least it has some heart.
Guddu Rangeela attempts to build a narrative around 'passionate crimes', but fails to hit the right crescendo because of flawed writing. This is one story which has got all the basic elements, but their placement in the story is flawed. A character in the film very candidly says ‘crime me personal touch aa jaaye toh crime passionate ho jaata hai’, and this is exactly what is missing in the film: A personal touch.
A review of Guddu Rangeela in its own tone and style would simply say, with a smilie: GR is neither rangeela, nor very guddu-guddu. And for this the satisfied team of Subhash Kapoor and Arshad Warsi are to blame.
A lighthearted film about a deadly serious subject could have easily gone horribly wrong. Guddu Rangeela doesn't. It is lively, droll and occasionally thought-provoking. Barring the stray rough edges, Guddu Rangeela is eminently watchable.
The film works, albeit on some level, because of its gritty writing. What could have genuinely raised the bar though, is a slicker pace, additional gloss and superstar charisma.
Subhash Kapoor’s “Guddu Rangeela” is one of those films that are middling, unremarkable, and trivialize a serious matter.
...works in parts. Disjointed fragments of the film stand out instead of the whole story. In trying to pack in too much of suspense and drama (melodrama, at certain points), Subhash Kapoor leaves the viewer dissatisfied. Watch it if you have to, for the chemistry between the two male leads.
...quirky dialogues do not make up for its overly commercial plot. The film loses its meaning thanks to a dragging second half.
The shaky camera notwithstanding in a handful of places, the film's cinematography (James Fowlds) too is very average On the whole, GUDDU RANGEELA is quite 'colourless' and offers nothing new.
In Guddu Rangeela, director Subhash Kapoor pays a nod to the greatest story ever told, Sholay. In fact, it is more than just a nod. He uses the same template to tell a more contemporary story and has also made an effort to make it socially relevant.
The one reason Guddu Rangeela avoids embarrassment is its performances. The actors really do save this film. Whether it's the comedy by the supporting cast or the dramatic turns of the leads, the acting keeps the spark alive. Needless to say, Subhash Kapoor's film is well-made. But it's also severely flawed. His films are usually noticed for their writing and that's exactly where Guddu Rangeela falls short.
...is entertaining no doubt, but lacks that special Kapoor touch...
Arshad Warsi puts in a decent effort, but he’s saddled with a role where he’s grossly miscast as a young bridegroom on the run. Amit Sadh is sincere. There is a spark of chemistry between Hydari and Sadh, only if it wasn’t nipped in the bud by cheesy lines. Ronit Roy is brilliant; only if he had a better character sketch he could have taken this film a notch above. If only.
The duo does nothing without seeking backslapping punchlines in their violent arguments. It’s almost as if they’re two stand-up comedians seeking an audience.
Audience Reviews for Guddu Rangeela
Subhash Kapoor's previous feature Jolly LLB (2013) was a brilliant satire on the Indian judicial system which everyone could relate with. This time around, his topic is a current affair, but the execution is damp.
Starting by setting a stage for the two main characters, the film throws a couple of jokes (bad they are) at us with an intention that we don't walk out in the first ten minutes. Spurious haired Guddu (Sadh) teams up with his stout brother Rangeela (Warsi) to undertake petty, criminal jobs to fend themselves and God knows who else. Suddenly, they get entangled in a million-rupee deal involving the niece (Hydari) of an orthodox supremacist (Roy). And then the plot experiences a paradigm shift where nothing makes sense even if it is about addressing stark social issues like honor killing and rape.
The jokes warn us what to expect, but the warning turns invalid as you sight the reservoir of predictability the story is going into. There is enough substance and thrills to chew in the first half, but the second half goes haywire into some alien territory and never comes back. Before you know, the credits roll, and you will think at least it was not a drag.
It is basically a dynamic revenge story turning into a bloody drama with one badly handled twist. The Bihari language may interest some, but that's about it. Attempt at humor is average.
Warsi is good, and so is Sadh. Mouse-faced Hydari and the newcomer are average mostly because all they do is eat a bullet or an abuse. Roy is typecast as a vindictive villain with a fine performance.
BOTTOM LINE: Guddu Rangeela may be gudd (good) at heart and preaching and rangeela (colorful) in depiction, but it is definitely not near a good concoction to what it could've been.
VERDICT: 3 stars out of 10. Below average.
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? NO
Violence/Gore: Medium | Vulgarity: Mild