Review: Quick Gun Murugan

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Just A Bunch Of Gunners Quoting Clint Eastwood And Speaking Idiosyncratic English

Quick Gun Murugan – Misadventures Of An Indian Cowboy (No MPAA Rating)

Director: Shashanka Ghosh

Cast: Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Nasser, Rambha, Anu Menon

Genre: Spaghetti Western spoof

Rating: *

Clint Eastwood gained stardom for his roles of ‘A Man With No Name’ in Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western trilogy and as Harry in Dirty Harry. Decades later, Shashanka Ghosh directed a TV spot featuring an Indian cowboy named Quick Gun Murugan. Years later, Shah Rukh Khan and M.S. Dhoni used QGM’s phrase “Mind It!” in their film and advertisement. Months later, the sambhar cowboy appears on silver screen. Directed by Shashanka Ghosh, it can’t get even bigger and better. But, this is what we think before watching it. After watching it, you begin to sense the physical calamities that will follow.

Quick Gun Murugan is 70% Tamil, 25% English and the rest 4% Telugu and Hindi. The remaining 1% is the laughter (sometimes groans) of the audience. As the film begins, we follow Murugan through an unnamed desert-like place, meeting Rice Plate Reddy and then getting shot by him. Soon, he goes to heaven where he keeps on muttering “I want to go back” and Chitragupta grants him the permission to go back and promote vegetarianism. But, Murugan lands in Mumbai, 25 years later in 2007. Still hunting for Rice Plate Reddy, the chase ensues and humor keeps ticking by the minute.

Now, a few scenes are sure to tickle your bones. To start off, the scenes happening in the headquarters of heaven is a hilarious one. Then, Murugan’s so-called love song with his ladylove, Locket Lover is another funny moment. The third will be Rice Plate Reddy’s humorous imitation of Amitabh Bachchan. The film contains gruesome violence. It is a rare thing that every villain is killed in a headshot and a mass of blood pours out of their head.

Dr. Rajendra Prasad as Quick Gun Murugan is quite the role. His accent, body language and comic timing are certainly one of a kind. As Rice Plate Reddy, veteran actor Nasser proves that he can do anything ranging from a comic villain to a serious terrorist. As Mango Dolly, Rambha feels that she has achieved a comeback, but is this any good? As Locket Lover, TV comedian Anu Menon surely makes a mark. As Rowdy MBA, dance choreographer Raju Sundaram tries his best to evoke laughter but is long forgotten like the way I almost forgot to add him in this review.

The production design is an amazing thing to watch out. The film is heavily accompanied by visual effects. The music converts old Tamil classics into new age wasted remixes. The film begins to bore you halfway through and you wish to have stayed fascinated about the TV spot and not watched a film which will erase all your fascinations.

The movie runs with a couple of subplots which evoke humor at the wildest sense. That’s all you can find in Quick Gun Murugan. Watch it if you’re desperate, otherwise it can be a sure miss. It’s your money, so better MIND IT!

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