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In the end, it doesn’t even matter…

I watched Gulaal, last week, and found it an awesome masterpiece of moviemaking by Anurag Kashyap. Its plotted around grass-root student politics and the turmoils within us. The concept was great, though I’d say the movie lacked in script in the later half, and had a bad end for a good movie.

It’s story is said to be inspired by the song from the 50’s, from Gurudatt’s Pyasa,यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है...”. The music is excellent with lyrics by Piyush Mishra, who has also given one of the best acting performances in the movie.

आरम्भ है प्रचंड…

Gulaal - PosterThe movie begins with an unadulterated portray of different faces of our society, which exist all around us. Grass-root politics, College Ragging and politically driven motives drive this movie on paths of power, lust, a confused love story and the so-called revolution.

The characters are close to reality, and story moves with a good pace keeping you high on adrenaline. The dialouges are strong and sometime very emphatic one-liners. With dialougues it seems, Indian Cinema has grown up now and uses the day-to-day street language rather than some mushy flowery text which you’d never use in casual conversation. The actors don’t flinch for a second while reciting Jack & Jill went up the hill to fetch a pill of water.

I simply loved the music of the movie, and the carefully blended background scores were just too good. Piyush Mishra has done a commendable job in writing the songs, again in a very non-filmy manner. For the exception with ‘Ranaji’, which is a Mujra, pepped up with World Politics… The songs with their sword-edged lyrics actually penetrate your mind जैसे दूर देश के tower में घुस जाये रे Aeroplane…

Artistically, this movie is a masterpiece. The symbolism in characters and dialouges is bare, with the striking appearance of the अर्ध-नारी side-kick to the eccentric Prithvi (Piyush Mishra), with his sword-edged one liners and poems. The crave of a human soul for power and dominance is beautifully depicted, in nearly all scenes accompanied by the background score, which keeps resonating in your mind even after you leave the theather; without which the movie would lose its flavour and charm completely.

In the later half, the movie lacks in binding with the confused state of characters and shifting of motives — of characters and story alike.You seem to question the DevD -isation of the clear hearted innocent Law student, sucked into politics, lust and finally disillusionment with the life itself.

The abstractness is the plot has become the USP of Anurag Kashyap, though from No Smoking to Gulaal, the outlines have become more distinct, making the viewer’s experience a less demanding ordeal for his grey cells. Nevertheless it has lots of Food for Thought. Tuck in.

The movie ends on the which is the inspiration behind the entire plot…

यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है… यह दुनिया अगर मिल भी जाये तो क्या है…

…makes me wonder, did Linkin Park get inspired too and came up with, In the end, it doesn’t even matter…!