“Raj and DK’s ‘Guns and Gulaabs’: A Multilayered Epic Well Worth the Runtime, Despite Minor Hiccups. Set to Debut on Netflix this Friday, August 18th.”
- Adarsh Gourav, Rajkummar Rao, Dulquer Salmaan, and Gulshan Devaiah in Key Roles in Raj and DK’s Latest Series, ‘Guns and Gulaabs’.
- ‘Guns and Gulaabs’ Web Series Comprises Seven Episodes.
- Netflix Premiere Date: Friday, August 18th.
Netflix’s latest series, ‘Guns and Gulaabs’, takes viewers on a journey back to the 90s, a time of breezy and romantic Kumar Sanu songs, Campa Colas, mom jeans, and the cherished love for cassette tapes. Over seven episodes, filmmakers Raj and DK delve into this ‘innocent’ era, juxtaposing its charm with the undercurrents of corruption, betrayal, confusion, and violence.
The Hinglish title, ‘Guns and Gulaabs,’ translates literally to ‘Guns and Roses’ (for fans of the 80s American rock band), and the creators ensure it offers a harmonious blend of both romance and action. The series explores various forms of love – innocent, sexual, unrequited, and that elusive ‘soulmate’ love – all with a Raj and DK twist. Some characters you root for, while others leave you aghast, and in one particular case, you may not even care.
However, ‘Guns and Gulaabs’ can be a bit long-winded. Each episode could have benefited from trimming 10-15 minutes to maintain a more engaging pace, especially the pilot and the final episode. Yet, once you push through the initial 20 minutes of the first chapter, you’re in for an enjoyable ride. Credit goes to Raj and DK, along with Suman Kumar’s writing, for keeping viewers engaged despite the show’s shortcomings.
At its core, ‘Guns and Gulaabs’ explores the complex relationship between a father and son. Rajkummar Rao’s character, Paana Tipu, strives not to follow in the footsteps of his gangster father. Adarsh Gourav portrays Chhota Ganchi, who aims to prove his true worth to his father, superbly played by Satish Kaushik.
While the entire cast delivers credible and convincing performances, Adarsh Gourav stands out from the start. His portrayal of Chhotu is marked by palpable frustration with his name, his father, and his affection for a special friend. Viewers sense his emotional turmoil, waiting for the moment it all boils over. And when it does, Gourav’s performance is electric, evoking both fear and sympathy.
Gulshan Devaiah, in the role of 4 Cut Atmaram, adds a delightful touch to the series. Despite having less screen time than the other male leads, Devaiah’s charismatic acting leaves a lasting impression. Rajkummar Rao, a seasoned talent, shines brightly as he navigates through various genres within the multiple episodes.
As for Dulquer Salmaan, known for his acting prowess, his storyline may appear somewhat flat, but he makes the most of it. His chemistry with Pooja Gor and Rajkummar is effortless and engaging.”