Guddu Rangeela (2015)

Film: Guddu Rangeela

Year of release: 2015

Director: Subhash Kapoor

Writer: Subhash Kapoor

Producer: Sangeeta Ahir

Lead Actors: Ronit Roy, Arshad Warsi, Amit Sadh, Aditi Rao Hydari

Guddu Rangeela is a story of two petty conmen who are orchestra singers by day and informants by night. They provide tip-offs to local gangsters about the wealthiest families in town. 

As the film progresses, we notice that the day jobs of protagonists Guddu and Rangeela have no convincing impact on the plot line. They could have been playing delivery boys or cab drivers, and still, the story would have been the same. 

Writer-Director Subhash Kapoor reinforces the age-old, pro-Pakistan narrative that those who practice or promote Hinduism aren’t trustworthy. It seems like he picked out these professions for his lead actors just as an excuse to take a jibe at Hindus.

Kapoor also seems to have joined the new fray of Hinduphobic filmmakers who are adamant about promoting alcohol consumption during Hindu ceremonies. 

Check out this gem below, where Rangeela (Arshad Warsi) is singing a “bhajan” while wearing a jacket that says, “After whiskey, I am risky”. And the Bhajan can be loosely translated to – “Last night I got an email from Mata asking me to join her on Facebook. We will chat with her and tag her in photographs. Her website is http://www.mata.com, and she has installed an anti-virus to save herself from the evil.”

While this mock-bhajan is going on, Guddu (Amit Sadh) sneaks away to lust over another woman while wearing a jacket that says “Being Hanuman”.

Irshad Kaamil wrote the lyrics of this “bhajan”. If this is his idea of wit and light-hearted humour, he should leverage his own religion for his next films and compose Sufi songs for alcohol-loving fraudsters that go “Aaj Prophet ka SMS aaya hai. Prophet ne OTP mangwaya hai” while a couple makes out in the next room. If he can’t, then he should stay away from such third-rate derogatory writing targeting Sanatan Dharma.

 
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