The maverick filmmaker Anurag Kashyap is largely known for the epic ‘Gangs Of Wasseypur’ series and rightly so, the series is definitely one of the big milestones in Indian cinema but do you know that before ‘GOW’, Kashyap had given us another cinematic masterpiece in the form of ‘Gulal’. Yes, the film did not gather large audience upon release but as the time passed by, the film achieved cult status for itself.
Like every other Kashyap film, this film was also soaked with ‘violence’, ‘betrayal’ and ‘powerful dialogues’ but one thing that sets this film apart is the use of ‘poetry’; Kashyap went out of his set vicinity and created a film that was very poetic and a bit melancholic as well.
Kashyap’s film was like a unification of anger, greed, power, love and lust; all these emotions are often associated with the colour red and hence the name of the film. If you will observe carefully, you will notice that Kashyap has very cleverly used the red palette in the film to make it look whimsical.
Gulal is a self-aware film, it knows exactly what it wanted to portray; the film aimed to show the human psyche when it comes to honour and power, it is a fact that people will not even fear death if they are obsessed with the ‘power poison’ and the film presented characters that were written as a testimony to the above statement. Be it Karan, Rananjay or Dukey Bana, none of the ‘Gulal men’ was afraid of death; they were all set to kill and get killed for power. A fine example of this would be when Rananjay gets killed, he does not flicker his senses in fear, rather he stands tall against death.
The film also threw light upon the exaggerated masculinity and the regressive mindsets that is gradually decaying the society that we live in.
Kashyap also managed to maintain a striking balance by introducing the character of Dileep Singh, who among all the wolves and supposed lion was nothing but a timid rat and as the film progresses, this rat adopts the mannerisms of the vultures as the intoxication of power and lust overpowers his senses and eventually he becomes as lethal as anyone.
Piyush Mishra’s elaborative poetry added another dimension to the film to make it a ‘political saga’ that we won’t forget for the years to come.
Ps- ‘Ek Bagal Me Chaand Hoga’ still gives us all sorts of feels at once.