Sunday, August 30, 2009

Quick Gun Murugan

Rating : 7/10
Release Date : 28th Aug, 2009
Time : 97 minutes
Director : Shashanka Ghosh; Writer : Rajesh Devraj; Music : Daniel George
Starring : Dr Rajendra Prasad, Naseer, Rambha, Vinay Pathak, Rambha, Anu Menon, Ashwin Musharan, Raju Sundaram, Shanmugaraja

It is the time of the great war. The battle between vegetarianism and non-veg. The non-veg people are forcibly converting all veg restaurants into 100% non-veg places…they are sparing no one and no dish…making even dishes like idli and dosa non-veg…it is the hour of the greatest darkness…the maximum injustice….who will fight against the non-veg gang led by the notorious Rice Plate Reddy ? Dare any one stand up against him and his henchmen ?

Dhan Te Nan….Quick Gun Murugan !!! Loud applause and drumbeats…

This vegetarian cowboy (so called because he protects cows from becoming beef), is a lover of his ‘little flower’ and childhood sweetheart, Anu Locket. His dress sense makes Govinda’s psychedelic clothes look like a hospitals elderly residents wards uniform. His brother and he are both ardent fans of Clint Eastwood. He shoots forward and back with consummate ease. And, oh ! almost forgot. He likes a little more elaichi in his payasam…

He fights people from the coconut tree climbing institute (diploma also available in betel nut tree climbing by the way, in case you were finding coconut tree’s restrictive). He has to use Mango Dolly. And fight Gunpowder. Also Tiffin terrorism. And, last but not the least, Rowdy MBA. This name was a true masterstroke and I feel Shashanka Ghosh, who has worked as a creative in an ad agency, truly used this villain to vent his feelings against the MBA clan, who would’ve made his life miserable in real life.

The film has several laugh out loud, truly zany moments. It is truly out of the box, figuratively and literally (as its derived from a TV character). However, after the first half, it does drag a bit. The ‘Mind Its’ stop being so funny. The plot kind of goes in slow motion – you know how its going to end and it seems to take too long.

I felt that this would’ve been great as a TV serial, kind of great as the half hour weekly dose of madness. It had its moments as a film but not enough to make this really work. However, just for the sheer courage of taking the QGM character from the Channel V ad and making a film, the outlandish plot, the blonde wig of Mango Dolly and the elaichi payasam joke, it deserves its rating….

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