Rajendra Prasad, Rambha, Nasser, Raju Sundaram, Vinay Pathak
hour 30 minutes
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'Quick Gun Murugan' Movie Review
Back in the 1990s,
Quick Gun Murugan first arrived on a music channel. A spoof on the obese
but unputdownable action heroes of Tamil potboilers,the cowboy enamoured
an entire generation of young couch tomatoes with his flashy clothes and
flamboyant antics in snappy promos played between songs.
And SRK's Yanna rascala
in Om Shanti Om and MS Dhoni's Mind It act for a cola company show his
Now QGM arrives on the big screen in a familiar green shirt that only
Govinda would have dared to wear, with tight orange trousers that could
suffocate a stray bug, a flashing pink scarf, a leopard spotted jacket,
white boots and a whiter cowboy hat barking the opening line, "The earth
is my bed. The sky is my ceiling. The whole world is my native place,"
in accented English that smells as much of fresh sambar as of an
old-fashioned open heartedness.
Over the next hour and half, QGM fires bullets through the frizzy hair
of a rowdy named Gunpowder. He survives hoodlums flying from one tree to
another (as in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) hurling coconuts like
grenades. And he finally battles Rice Plate Reddy, the mean and vicious
villain who hates vegetarian dosa and dreams of selling the world's most
popular non-vegetarian dosa in his food chain, McDosa. He is assisted by
Mango Dolly (Rambha) --- one look at her and you can guess how she got
that name -- the moll who flaunts a golden wig with her golden heart. In
between, there are memorable lines such as, "If you are lightning, I am
250 volt current."
Does that sound like a rip-roaring entertainer? The problem with QGM is
that it is not half as good on celluloid as it sounds as an idea. To
make a smooth transition from a TV filler to a full-length feature, QGM
needed more than mere attitude. But it ends up feeling like a spoof of a
The movie, though, has its moments. The action scenes occasionally raise
a chuckle. In the climax, Murugan even grabs a bullet fired at him in
his mouth. Some of the gags work. And Rajendra Prasad gets the
protagonist's part right. His exchanges with Rambha offer the most
endearing and hilarious moments of the film. When Dolly confesses having
failed to win a beauty contest, he says, "It is not IAS. You can try
You cannot blame director Shashanka Ghosh and writer Rajesh Devraj for
not trying something different. They are bang on with the movie's looks.
Too bad, the team fails to create its soul.