Director Shashanka Ghosh sure got people to sit up and take notice of the 2-minute segments of the Indian cowboy that quickly got immortalised as Quick Gun Murugun. And as sprightly as the whole idea is, it somehow doesn’t work out on the big screen, so much so that watching the entire length is quite a task. Not that it’s not entertaining, it’s just that the movie stretches way beyond its attention-arresting elasticity.
Our South Indian cowboy (Prasad) is killed by his nemesis Rice Plate Reddy (Nasser); the latter wants to change all vegetarian restaurants into non-vegetarian eateries and is a trigger-happy authoritarian. But Murugun is given a second chance and sent to earth to complete the task of bringing the culprit to book. Armed with nothing but his coloful attire and two guns, cowboy sets out to meet Reddy for sweet vengence. And though he meets with complications, he is backed by his brother (from Matunga), motherly sis-in-law, an ex-flame in a locket (Lola Kutty) and who else, but Reddy’s moll herself, Mango Dolly (Rambha). Armed with confidence, Murugun fights the rascals with ‘sanctified’ bullets and makes them mind it.
It is hard not to smile at the corny lines, cultural references, quirky costumes, dosa-eating thugs, and names like Rowdy MBA, Gunpowder, etc. The music also kind of amuses and gives you the creeps at the same time. The outright bold reference to Big B, the quest for the world’s best mummy, the Coconut Tree-climbing Institute, the dubious McDosa Corporation, etc. goes down well too. And it’s a shame that despite these you can’t quite get yourself to enjoy the movie.
Maybe Quick Gun Murugun would be more enjoyable had it been a 15-minute opening footage.