By Joginder Tuteja
Film: "Quick Gun Murugun"; Cast: Rajendra Prasad, Nasser, Rambha, Anu Menon, Raju Sundaram, Ashwin Mushran, Shanmugha Rajan, Vinay Pathak, Sandhya Mridul, Ranvir Shorey Director: Shashanka Ghosh; Rating: ***
"Quick Gun Murugun" is the kind of film you would possibly scoff at while watching alone. Reason - it is purposefully silly and self deprecating many times over. However, bring on a bunch of friends and the 'desi hero' Quick Gun Murugun turns out to be a wacky fun company.
"Quick Gun Murugun" has to be one of the most original films to have hit the Indian screens. After all how many stories have been told about a man (Rajendra Prasad as Murugun), so fond of vegetarianism that he takes on warlord (Nasser) for trying to bring out non-vegetarian McDosa's - a la' McDonald's.
Unbelievable as it may sound but this is the point of conflict between the good and the evil here.
So our desi cowboy is sent back to earth from heaven after his application is accepted by the gods.
Back on earth after 25 years, he sees quite a few changes around him.
Cars have replaced horses. His girlfriend (Anu Menon) is no more alive and is now a nagging ex-girlfriend in his locket. A new rage called Internet has come alive which allows nude photographs. A Google search can reveal the minutest details of anyone. Cabarets have become a little too explicit, as he realises with Mango Dolly (Rambha) coming into his life. Moreover, MBAs have replaced roadside goondas.
However, what doesn't change for Murugun is his Quick Gun act. So bullets still split into two, they also take various twists and turns before hitting the target. The hero still saves himself doing Matrix-style stunts.
All the cliches in the book are revisited but one doesn't "Mind It" because the film was never required to be taken seriously in the first place.
There would be some who may love the quickie sense of humour of Murugun. However, there is bound to be a segment of audience that would call this as 'rubbish and a senseless affair'.
Still, there are quite a few hilarious scenes in the movie. One revolves around the hunt of the perfect mummy who can create the best recipe for the perfect dosa.
This is the brainchild of Raju Sundaram who shines in the brief role of a MBA gangster. Also interesting are the scenes featuring Rajendra Prasad with Rambha.
Shashanka Ghosh is a filmmaker who comes up with crazy ideas and even crazier execution.
This was seen earlier in his debut venture "Waisa Bhi Hota Hai - Part II". Now with his holds-no-bar "Quick Gun Murugan", he has let his imagination go even more wild and made one of the most true blue spoofs to come out of Bollywood.
"Bizarre" is the way to describe "Quick Gun Murugun" though it may not be everyone's cup of tea.