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Gandu (2010)

Unrated | | Drama | 29 October 2010 (USA)
Gandu is an angry young man who raps about his hatred of life, and of his mother. He and his rickshaw-puller friend enter the world of smack, rap, porn and horror. Reality and fiction, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Qaushiq Mukherjee (as Kaushik Mukherjee), Qaushiq Mukherjee (as Q)

Writer:

Qaushiq Mukherjee (as Kaushik Mukherjee)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anubrata Basu ... Gandu (as Anubrata)
Joyraj Bhattacharya ... Ricksha / Rickshaw driver, (as Joyraj)
Rii Sen Rii Sen ... The Angel / Hooker
Kamalika Banerjee ... Kamalika / Gandu's mother
Shilajit Majumdar ... Dasbabu / Gandu's mother's lover
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Soumyajit Majumdar Soumyajit Majumdar
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Gandu is an angry young man who raps about his hatred of life, and of his mother. He and his rickshaw-puller friend enter the world of smack, rap, porn and horror. Reality and fiction, surreal and bizarre come together. Can Gandu survive? Written by Anonymous

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Country:

India

Language:

Bengali

Release Date:

29 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asshole See more »

Filming Locations:

Calcutta, West Bengal, India

Company Credits

Production Co:

Oddjoint Art Pvt. Ltd. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Q's Bold and Artistic Dive into the World of Surrealism!
28 April 2014 | by akash_sebastianSee all my reviews

'Gandu', Director Q's bold and artistic dive into the world of Surrealism, is quite an interesting experimental film. Q describes his film as a 'rap musical' which, in a way, is an agreeable term to describe it. The background score by the alternative rock band 'Five Little Indians' goes quite well with the tone of the movie.

The movie revolves around a not-so-bright jobless adolescent named Gandu (meaning Moron). He has his simple life with dreams and fantasies, getting by on the money he steals from the guy screwing his mom. He befriends a rickshaw-walla named Ricksha (ironically), and both spend most of their time in a heroin-induced haze, filled with adventures, porn, and sex. Gandu gets music deals, wins lottery ticket, has a grand deflowering by an exotic prostitute, gets invited by a Rap foundation, every single thing just blurring the line between reality and fantasy. But most of the incidents have to do with Gandu re-establishing his masculinity, which he had lost over time due to the ill-treatment by the people around, especially his ever-complaining mother.

The decision to show the film in crisp black-and-white was commendable; it depicts the bleak, monotonous and mundane existence of the central character. Colours are visible only for a single scene where the main protagonist Gandu is having sex for the first time, which perhaps is the highlight of his life. The masturbation scene and the oral sex scene are shot quite artistically, and fit with the tone of the movie; there's nothing pornographic about them. The editing and music add to the beauty of the sex scene.

The acting by Anubrata Basu as Gandu is brilliant; he portrays the varies hues and shades of the character with proper tact. His depression, his pain, his dreams, his hopes... by the end of the movie, a proper sketch of the character is etched in your mind. Joyraj Bhattacharya is good as the rickshaw-walla friend. And Rituparna Sen (Rii) is praiseworthy for her boldness in the sex scene. She plays three different characters in the movie, all quite varied and unrecognizable from each other.

People who are tired of linear and predictable storytelling should surely check this out.


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