Critic’s Rating : 2.5 / 5
Gulu Gulu Movie Review : Inventive plot let down by inconsistent writing
Gulu Gulu Movie Review: Dark comedies usually focus on quirky, mindless humour without any universally appealing themes like love, kindness, acceptance & other such aspects. But this is where Rathnakumar’s Gulu Gulu stands out as it tries to infuse all these in a comedy of errors. The core idea and the intention is fair enough but does it all stick together?
Gulu Gulu revolves around the life of a nomad (Santhanam), who knows it all and has traveled a lot gaining immense experience on life. Also, it is said that he knows 13 languages and wouldn’t refuse if someone asks him for help. This is why he is rightly named as Google. But just like a Google search engine, he sometimes ends up giving wrong results, too, creating a chaos. Gulu Gulu introduce us to several characters and how all their lives get entangled into one. Firstly we get to see Matilda, who has come all the way from France to see her dead father atleast once. Matilda’s step brothers are furious over her return and are on a spree to kill her. In parallel, a group of four friends hatch a plan to kidnap one among them in order to know if the kidnapped person’s dad really loved him. However, the plan goes wrong and they seek help from Google. As all characters unite for a fun filled ride, a few seek redemption, acceptance and peace.
Gulu Gulu is interesting when it comes to writing. Every characters in the story has its uniqueness and it looks like the story has been woven around these characterisations. This works for and against the film in most parts. The film is ambitious in terms of ideas but its important to analyse if these evoke laughter on screen, especially being a dark humour film. It’s enjoyable in parts, however it falls flat in several places as it desperately tries to balance emotion and humour.
As individual scenes few of them where really good but as a film they fail to appear as wholesome,only to end up being cluttered.
The most effective part of the film is Santhosh Narayanan’s background score and songs. It elevates the film to another level despite underwhelming sequences in the second half. Santhanam’s performance as a nomad is quite impressive, and none of his traits resembles his previous works. His character arc is fresh and audience are made to travel with him.
The scene where he helps a women on streets and later invents trouble for himself is superb and builds up for a perfect mass sequence. Pradeep Rawat character as a menacing villain is powerful and he has done a decent job.
The one-liners of Lollu Sabha Maaran and performance of Mariyam George, who plays one of the kidnappers keeps the audience engaged then and there. Gulu Gulu has all elements to become a good film but Rathnakumar misses out on something similar to the search engines on internet.