Friday, 25 April 2014

Revolver Rani : Movie Review

Revolver Rani comes across as a brazen, intrepid, cheeky,  gaudy piece of cinema with entertainment written all over it. So what, if it carries a stark resemblance to Quentin Tarantino's style of film making, cause what matters in the end is whether you got your ticket's worth. And, this flick is a fultoo paisa wasool kind of flick provided you have a penchant for brash n brazen cinema. ‘Revolver Rani’ is about the dirty politics, the Bollywood dreams, and the earning for a life uncompromised and loved. The film flits from the personal to the political, the emotional to the egregious, and the absurd to the deadly serious. For the most part, Revolver Rani hits the bull’s eye. It is both uproariously funny and deeply disturbing: just the kind of material that is right up Kangana Ranaut’s street. Sai Kabir’s wicked take on the turbulent life of a hell’s angel in a man’s world is the cinematic equivalent of a smorgasbord. Its nods are directed at diverse genres – noir, vengeance saga, comic caper, political satire, mock-heroic legend, and a good old tale of valour in the face of extreme danger. These are vigorously stirred into an invigorating cocktail that stands out primarily because at the heart of it all is an unstoppable girl who pulls no punches.The film also alludes to corruption in, and the human cost of, the indiscriminate acquisition of tribal land at the behest of big industry.

STORY & SCREENPLAY                               ::                      The story as well as screen play has been written by Sai Kabir who is also the director of this movie. The narrative in its illustrious moments lures us into its absorbing premises before turning languid. Sai Kabir’s story about this crazy, ugly, soft-hearted yet dangerous woman is good and quite different from the usual stories. But his screenplay has its inconsistencies. While some portions are interesting and entertaining, there are also some parts which are boring and appear stretched. Politics, Power, Love & Revenge form the basics of this story. But it isn’t a coherent tale with its glitches surfacing quite soon in the story. The strong characterizations do help in making the story hold its ground but the fundamental problem is the way the film unfolds. It is quite a simplistic story which if tackled well contained the embryo of a terrific film, but that didn’t quite work. I quite liked the granular satire in the writing which never barges with the narrative but acts as a calm catalyst, refraining from going over the top. Revolver Rani  is the story of an ugly and fiery woman, Alka Singh (Kangana Ranaut), who spews venom at her detractors and fires bullets at the slightest provocation and living with maternal uncle, Balli (Piyush Mishra). Uday Bhan Singh (Zakir Hussain), a corrupt politician, is elected from the Chambal region. Alka Singh, who is from the opposition party, hates him and wants to expose him. Alka, meets & falls in love with struggling Bollywood actor Rohan Kapoor (Vir Das). Rohan loves another girl, Nisha (Deana Uppal) but starts living with her for the sake of getting his movie produced by her. Then one day, Uday Bhan Singh is forced to resign because of Balli’s machinations. Fresh elections are announced and Balli uncle is thrilled that this would be Alka’s chance to be back in power. But even as election campaigning is underway, Alka gets pregnant.What happens then? Does Alka live happily ever after with Rohan and her baby Or does her uncle convince her to put politics before all else forms the rest of the plot.
STARCAST                                                ::                      Kangana is effortlessly enigmatic as the roguish Alka, who flaunts a little bit of her real self. Her quirky (international) fashion acquisitions, some exclusively to her lover at night, and her keenness to speak English are obvious references to Kangana’s personality. It’s mind-blowing to watch her take on the different facets of the girl-gone-bad. Kangana lends a crackling and corrosively sharp edge to the central character of a tough-as-nails woman in a mug’s game. Vir Das is a total misfit in this world. Vir Das was quite half baked in his work and gave a performance that did not quite have a soul. His role had a lot of possibility and scope but the actor doesn’t quite try experimenting much with it. Zakir Hussain is perfectly cast as the strongman who is forever on the back foot. He moves back and forth between bravado and bafflement with effortless ease. Piyush Mishra gives Alka’s cunning uncle Balli a subtle, vicious twist, allowing us to watch him weave conspiracies and nurture an underhanded desire to win political glory. He’s impeccable. Even Zeishan Quadri as the Michael-Jackson obsessed Pilot is remarkable. Mishka is first-rate as news reader Payal Parihar.  Deana Uppal is effective as Nisha. Sanjay Singh (as the home minister), Nikunj Malik (as Zaheera Shaikh) are okay. But it is  Kumud Kumar Mishra (as Sonu) and Pankaj Saraswat (as Monu) who have done a fantastic job and manage to bring smiles on your face lot of times with their acting skills. 

TECHNICAL FINESSE                                   ::                     The soundtrack of the movie which has been composed by Sanjeev Srivastava is impressive. The music is quite in vogue with the screenplay and is quite different from the tunes we hear these days. I would like to make a special mention of Mayur Sharma who is the production designer for this movie for his efforts as his detailing is very precise as apart from what is happening in the forefront, the background is abuzz with activities which makes every scene rich and interesting. The cinematographer of the movie is Suhas Gujarathi who has captured the frames well with his lens and has lent a good visual appeal to the flick. Aarti Bajaj has edited the movie who will come under the line of fire as far as her role is concerned although her job might not have been that easy with some weak screenplay in between. Sai Kabir who has made his debut as director with this movie shows some promise with his fine skills. He has ably managed to catch hold of audience' attention despite some hiccups in the screenplay. His eye for detailing can be attributed as his strongest point as  In every scene, the ambiance he sets, the mood he creates, the pitch of it all shows the director’s potential with regards to attaining finesse in the matter at hand.
The detailing is precise and apart from what is happening in the forefront, the background is abuzz with activities which make every scene rich and interesting. - See more at:

 WOW MOMENTS                                              ::                             Scenes of news reader Payal which keep on coming after frequent intervals during the movie are hillarious especially her signature ending of every news bulletin. The scene where Kangana gatecrashes into the rally of Zakir is very stylish & has been shot well. The whole drama around marriage of Vir Das & his getting converted into Muslim religion is full of black humor n wittiness.

The director (Sai Kabeer) devotedly sticks to the realities of the residents of this valley, where gun toting is more a way of life than a privilege. - See more at:
The director (Sai Kabeer) devotedly sticks to the realities of the residents of this valley, where gun toting is more a way of life than a privilege. - See more at:

CONCLUSION                                                 ::                               Revolver Rani is exclusively for those who can grasp the subtleties of black comedy.  For the mettlesome imagination, Revolver Rani makes for a gripping watch. 

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