Gandhigiri movie review: This Om Puri film is a crime

Gandhigiri movie review: For this Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra film, some questions are better left unasked.

Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: October 21, 2016 9:44 am
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Gandhigiri movie cast: Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Anupam Shyam, Rishi Bhutani, Dolly Chawla, Meghna Haldar, Mukesh Tiwari
Gandhigiri movie director: Sanoj Mishra

If only Gandhigiri had released a few days earlier. Even hard-sniffing TV channels may have absolved Om Puri of many crimes after this show of “nationalism”. There are others who may call Gandhigiri itself a crime, and not just against Gandhi. But there must be drawbacks to offering the other cheek.

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We begin with an NRI from dependable Mauritius lamenting for that “greatest nation of all”, Bharat, and particularly that “greatest soul of all”, Gandhi, at a Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meet, no less. In no time at all, he is back for good to a fictional native village in very real “Rae Bareli”. Here the men are thugs, women rapacious, sadhus fraud, and politicians divided by caste and united in bloodlust. All it takes is throwing the Mahatma in the midst — a Gandhi for every occasion, from reforming criminals to helping accident victims on the road, while moving around only and only in an Ambassador. The town, barring a reliably snarling Brahmin leader, is ever so grateful for the NRI benevolence.

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The aforementioned NRI, with the weighty name of Rai Bahadur Singh (Om Puri), invites a crude assortment of some of the above louts to live in his own haveli. Their criminal goings-on don’t appear to bother the Gandhian Rai Bahadur. On the contrary, even as they plot, Rai Bahadur extends his generosity to opening a “global school”. That school appears and disappears in a flash, but not without offering an unforgettable image of adults dancing draped in Tricolour hues.

Two of the most homely of those adults are in hush-hush love, interspersed with some very loud songs. Both are “medical students”, but in good, old UP, that never did mean attending classes.

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Apart from Gandhi, the film abounds in sex — in innuendoes, talk, gestures, in back of vans offering a sexual cure, and down the cleavage of a woman who convinces our Rai Bahadur of her destituteness while the mascara, lipstick, and hair highlights are still in place.

So why does this film have Om Puri, Sanjay Mishra, Anupam Shyam and Mukesh Tiwari? And why does it offer special thanks to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal? Maybe, some questions are better left unasked.

If Gandhi is taken to mean everything in the film, there is only one person who watches the entire exercise with deep skepticism and a deeper frown. A “Deendayal”. Think what you will.

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  1. M
    Oct 21, 2016 at 6:19 am
    Honest Review.....Brute Fact: Bollywood lacks talent and originality. For decades most of its movies were adapted versions of Western films. Many of these "talented actors" can only make movies that knock Hindu Culture and Religion, like PK. Om Puri got his break in some Western Movies that enhanced his image with our Media, of course... Look at his poor brain and "talents" in this movie....
    1. P
      Oct 21, 2016 at 1:07 pm
      Boycott pro-papistani puri's movies. For him, money from a papistani movie he acted in, is more important than India and the army.
      1. P
        Prof. P.
        Oct 21, 2016 at 5:24 am
        A personality that freed this country from the clutches of foreign yoke became an object of ridicule! Horrible. Expecting these days better things from Bollywood has turned a dream. Celluloid writers and directors seem to be suffering from the poverty of ideas of constructive issues needed for the society at cross roads. They are indulging in destructive fanciful and smearing presentations. Darsakaratna Dasari Narayana Rao is still physically and mentally active. His films used to be nearer to the social issues, though at times with a sprinkle of fancy songs and dances as the audience expect some sort of entertainment with good music and fine art of dance. Unfortunately, he is sidelined by the present celluloid enthusiasts, who prefer only fury in the name of "Action-Pack" and sound to the soothing scenes and melodious music. The poverty-stricken celluloid debutantes can better consult such former directors for good directorial guidance.
        1. R
          Oct 21, 2016 at 5:23 am
          I didn't understand a word of this review. Is it a good film or is it not? Worth watching or not? Such a hard attempt at sarcasm has fallen flat, when the meaning of the piece does not come;br/gt;lt;br/gt;And no, I don't have an English comprehension problem. Because the ''above mentioned ' is not written in English that generally english speakers would recognise and understand