Guddu Rangeela | Movie Review 03 Jul 2015   470


Star Cast: Arshad Warsi, Amit Sadh, Ronit Roy, Aditi Rao Hydari
Direction: Subhash Kapoor
Genre: Drama
Duration: 2 hours 5 minutes

Critics Review/Rating

Times Of India (TOI):

Writer-filmmaker Subhash Kapoor is one of the soundest story-tellers in Bollywood. He won notices for Phas Gaya Re Obama and Jolly LLB. Guddu Rangeela, a Haryana-based crime drama with a Sholay-like twist, helps establish his credentials further.
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It was touted to be a film which takes on the Khap Panchayat as it is inspired by the real life tragic love story of Manoj and Babli who were killed in the name of honour. So ‘Guddu Rangeela’ had all the potential of becoming a powerful, deeply disturbing film which shows the mirror to the archaic, barbaric ways that a particular panchayat functions in. But, alas, it is not.
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Hindustan Times:

If revenge motivates you, go for it! But the main thing is to set your game in order – Viswanathan Anand. Journalist-turned-filmmaker Subhash Kapoor, director of films such as Phas Gaye Re Obama and Jolly LLB, is back with Guddu Rangeela, a film that tries hard to present Haryana as the perfect premise for a ‘desi’ western.
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Bollywood Hungama:

They say that ‘Fate and fortunes changes every Friday’ in Bollywood and there is no one to predict what every passing Friday can do to a star and a film. It is mainly because of the ongoing Ramzan season, that not many filmmakers are risking releasing their films during this season.
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NDTV Movies:

It’s a timeworn formula. Take a pair of unflappable goofballs with a penchant for trouble, throw them into a series of life-threatening situations, and then watch them wriggle their way in and out of danger.
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The Indian Express:

Take the Khap and the ‘paap’ it engenders. Stir in a couple of golden-hearted crooks. Season with rage and revenge. And you get ‘Guddu Rangeela’, which is actually two people: young hot-head Guddu (Amit Sadh), and Rangeela (Arshad Warsi)
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India Today:

In a village in Haryana, two small-time crooks Guddu (Amit Sadh) and Rangeela (Arshad Earsi) double up as orchestra frontmen. A visa to Kenya here is celebrated with a ‘Visa Celebration Party’. Guddu goes about collecting donations from people, while Rangeela engages crowds with his ‘modern-day’ Mata-ka song.
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Yet, Guddu Rangeela never quite soars, says Raja Sen. Guddu was a stupid Shah Rukh Khan film, Rangeela was a terrific Aamir Khan film. Subhash Kapoor’s Guddu Rangeela might have nothing to do with the Khans or their 1990s films, and yet it falls, fittingly enough, halfway between a really fun ride and a film that goes nowhere.
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Expectations are bound to let you down at times; and this is exactly what GUDDU RANGEELA does to me. I expected a hard-hitting tale on the Manoj-Babli honour killing case of Haryana, as was being projected in the media. But alas, although it does have that buried in its plot, it’s not.
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