India Masala

Bollywood and culture in an emerging India

Quick Gun Murugan: Mind it!

August 28, 2009

Be warned. “Quick Gun Murugan” is unlike any other Hindi film you have seen in a long time. 

What there is though is plenty of laugh-out-loud humour and an affectionate look at our favourite movie clichés — all of which are being mouthed by a middle-aged, pot-bellied hero.

Directed by Shashank Ghosh, the film is a sort of an extension of the promotional ads made for a music channel many years, ago, starring the Murugan character. 

This time Murugan is played by Telugu actor Rajendra Prasad and instead of a 30-second ad, he is the subject of a 90-minute film where he is fighting the villain, inventively called Rice Plate Reddy.

Reddy wants to convert all restaurants in India into non-vegetarian eateries. Murugan on the other hand is a vegetarian, dosa-eating Clint Eastwood fan who is out to stop him.

The story of this film is so outrageous that you cannot help but laugh at it. The dialogues are all rehashed from the cowboy films that dominated the southern film industry in the 80s.

“Quick Gun Murugan” is the kind of film that will have you laughing in the aisles, if you enjoy whacky humour, but there are some holes in the movie.

Even at 90 minutes, it sometimes feels laboured, because the pace slackens and there is too much blood and gore on screen when it wasn’t needed.

However, this is an entirely new concept and one that director Ghosh manages to pull off for the most part. Go for some great laughs and fond memories if you grew up in the eighties. Mind it.

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