If there’s one factor that’s driven most of our favorite Bollywood characters to action, it’s revenge. And for good reason. After all, don’t we all love seeing the good guys get the justice they deserve? It’s, therefore, no surprise that Subhash Kapoor’s Guddu Rangeela tells another tale about the quest for revenge.
Guddu (Amit Sadh) and Rangeela (Arshad Warsi) are two brothers who have their very own orchestra. They provide the entertainment at celebrations in the small town of Mirpur. Seems fairly simple, right? It isn’t. The duo earn most of their money providing cover for criminals who want to scope out their future victims’ homes. However, the duo find themselves in a soup when they try to pull a fast one on hardened criminals, while also battling the wrath of a newly-appointed police officer. The solution to their problems comes in the form of a seemingly simple proposition. Kidnap Baby (Aditi Rao Hydari), get the money and get out. However, things aren’t as simple as they seem, landing the brothers in a web of crime, passion, lies and politics that is far bigger than they are.The primary thing that works in Guddu Rangeela’s favor is its star cast. Arshad Warsi and Amit Sadh are wonderful as the lovable rogues who are out for revenge. They share a rapport and exude a charisma that makes it easy to root for their characters. However, the real star of the film is Ronit Roy, who plays Billu Pehelvan. The actor is menacing and loathsome as the film’s primary villain. He is the nemesis Guddu and Rangeela deserve. The supporting cast members also play their parts with a sincerity that makes you wonder if they deserved a better plot.Guddu Rangeela has a promising plot, but it falls short at the execution phase. The film takes on topics like intercaste marriage, dowry and corruption, among others. Though it’s refreshing to see a Bollywood film take the path less travelled, it feels like the film tries to add too many sub-plots. This makes it hard for the viewers to ever really connect with one plotline long enough to care. The innumerable twists and turns also bog the film down.Jamie Fowlds’ cinematography is also worth noting. Though the film might have its fair share of flaws, it’s hard to deny that some scenes look like they’re straight out of a well-made Western.The one thing that would’ve made the film better would be a little more humor. We are occasionally treated to Guddu’s witticisms, but they are few and far between. They leave the viewer wanting more, which we sadly never get.Why should you watch this film?
Though Guddu Rangeela is far from perfect, it gets props for doing something different. It would’ve been easy for the writers to take the easy way out and turn the film into a slapstick comedy. However, they stick to their guns, and the product is a well-acted (if slightly flawed) movie.