Gulaal - Notepad

wogma rating: Pride of your DVD shelf (?)
quick review:

A political drama with some of the most intense performances. What more could a thinking brain ask for? Sure, there'll be nits to be picked but while walking out I just wanted to savor the experience.

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Plot Summary

Three groups of students are contesting a college election and this gives rise to inevitable political drama. This situation is only symbolic of the power-play that is prevalent in society today.

What Worked

  • The way this team has cracked how to bypass censor certification issues. I'm sure there's ample help from the production companies, but even so.
  • The initial shots where you could sense the heat of the desert.
  • The casual choreography of the mujras (courtesan songs)
  • The fact that you are never told why Anuja was ragged though she was a teacher. But I'm still curious to know.
  • The shot where Anuja's hair drips out of the sink.
  • The absolutely casual yet smart dialogues. Some of them brilliant but there are hardly any below average.
  • The Tabu references by and for Mahie Gill.
  • The entire get-up/set-up of Kiran's character. From her attire to the way she carries herself to the way she talks. There were so many contradictions yet the character worked as a whole.
  • The fact that there's a Muslim in the Rajputana political set-up.
  • Prithvi banaa talking to the president of USA.
  • The list can actually go on and on and on...

What did not

Note: This section simply lists the things that I did not like in this movie. This is not the overall impression about this movie. Please read the full review here

  • The time given to the romance angle towards the end. Even though Dileep's craze for Kiran was only a means to show the angst of the common man on being used for the personal benefits of politicians.