Gulaal (2009)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 27 mins

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Bikaner-based 28-year-old Dilip Kumar Singh is enrolled in a Rajpur-based Law college, and rents a room with an unstable male, Rananjay Singh. His attempts to re-locate to a hostel, pits him against a group of men, led by Jadhwal, who not only assault, but also molest him, and then lock him in a dark room with a naked and abused female, Anuja. He recuperates in a hospital and joins hands with Rananjay and Dukey Bana to avenge this humiliation, as well as befriends Anuja, who is a Lecturer in the college. He also decides to support Rananjay, who is legitimate son of a former Raja, to run for college elections - and it is this decision that will shatter and change his life forever.

Cast: Jesse Randhawa, Kay Kay Menon, Mahie Gill, Raj Singh Chaudhary

Crew: Anurag Kashyap (Director), Rajeev Ravi (Director of Photography), Piyush Mishra (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Release Dates: 13 Mar 2009 (India)

Tagline: Love... Power... Revolution.

Hindi Name: गुलाल

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Did you know? The film was initially being produced by Jhamu Sughand but after 20 days of shooting due to some personal problems of Jhamu Sughand the shooting got halted. Gulaal was stopped midway along with Johnny Gaddaar (2007) and Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008), the other two films of Jhamu. The former was picked up by Adlabs and the latter by Aamir Khan. Gulaal got stalled for 2 more years and then Zee Motion Pictures came in and backed the movie. This is how Gulaal got finished finally. Read More
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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Hindi
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Tracklist
Music Label: T-Series
01 
05:24
Music Director: Piyush Mishra
Lyricist: Piyush Mishra
Playback Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj
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03:00
Music Director: Piyush Mishra
Lyricist: Piyush Mishra
Playback Singer: George Nelson, Rahul Ram
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04:52
Music Director: Piyush Mishra
Lyricist: Piyush Mishra
Playback Singer: Piyush Mishra
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06:31
Music Director: Piyush Mishra
Lyricist: Piyush Mishra
Playback Singer: Shilpa Rao
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04:56
Music Director: Piyush Mishra
Lyricist: Piyush Mishra
Playback Singer: Swanand Kirkire, Piyush Mishra
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04:27
Music Director: Piyush Mishra
Lyricist: Piyush Mishra
Playback Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj
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07:23
Music Director: Piyush Mishra
Lyricist: Piyush Mishra
Playback Singer: Piyush Mishra
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03:40
Music Director: Piyush Mishra
Lyricist: Piyush Mishra
Playback Singer: Rahul Ram
Taglines:
Love... Power... Revolution.
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The censor board censored two dialogues from the movie - one referring to Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and a discussion about the origin of India's National Anthem.

The film was shot during festivals a lot because of the shoe string budget, which helped the producers save money for lighting and extras.

In this movie,Mahie Gill's character tells Kay Kay Menon's character about how she was in a pilot for a show on TV but it never took off.This possibly is inspired from Mia Wallace-Vincent Vega sequence of Pulp Fiction in which Mia was the one whose show's pilot wasn't picked up.Anurag Kashyap has publicly acknowledged Quentin Tarantino as his inspiration,hence it's likely that this scene was inspired from pulp fiction.

Prithvi Bana (Piyush Mishra) wears a locket of John Lennon.

The black and white still in the movie showing Prithvi Bana's (Piyush Mishra) childhood, shows a poster of Jim Morrison, though he carried John Lennon's picture on his locket.

Many of the actors are also part of the creative team. Raj Singh Chaudhary is the script writer, Piyush Mishra has scored the music and Ayesha Mohan is the Assistant Director.

The movie has got rendition of Dinkar's poem "Ye dekh gagan mujh mein lay hai" from rashmirathi chapter 3, performed by Piyush Mishra.

The tune played by Kiran (Ayesha Mohan) on guitar in the meeting room is "Goodbye Blue Sky" from Pink Floyd's album "The Wall".

The film was initially being produced by Jhamu Sughand but after 20 days of shooting due to some personal problems of Jhamu Sughand the shooting got halted. Gulaal was stopped midway along with Johnny Gaddaar (2007) and Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na (2008), the other two films of Jhamu. The former was picked up by Adlabs and the latter by Aamir Khan. Gulaal got stalled for 2 more years and then Zee Motion Pictures came in and backed the movie. This is how Gulaal got finished finally.

Various references have been made to the actress Tabu in the film in the form of a poster, a song (Ruk Ruk Ruk from Vijaypath (1994)) and a dialogue (where Mahie Gill's character asks Deepak Dobriyal's character if she resembles Tabu) as Anurag Kashyap had been a big fan of her.