Gurgaon: Tale of Fratricide!
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The first recorded fratricide was when Cain killed Abel (A Biblical Story). Abel, son of Adam and Eve was killed; God cast Cain into the wilderness, so Adam and Eve had to have a third son Seth, to propagate the entire human race.
Human history is of interest because you find in it many journeys of aspirations that is driven by good as well as bad intentions and deeds. The film Gurgaon is based upon the yesteryears Gurgaon that was slowly waking up to the designs of the land sharks who had a magnificent city with concrete jungle on their map displayed on their glass office table. A few years back, the Delhi-NCR woke up to the shocking news of the fratricidal fight that led to the murder of a business tycoon and his brother at a disputed south Delhi farmhouse. In the film Gurgaon too we find behind the veil of riches the tragic killings and spine chilling dark secrets.
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Shankar Raman’s directorial debut is commendable and the star casts have done justice to the characters they play. Shankar Raman seems to have taken utmost care not to tread the beaten path of many others who make such dark movies with loud background scores, car races, running with weapons behind rivals, chopping them into pieces and stuffing them in gunny bags, molesting and raping women, or with a sleazy item song etc. It seems Shankar Raman knows what he wants to convey without much melodrama.
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Pankaj Tripathi as Kehri Singh a man who rose from rags to riches needs special mention for his outstanding performance. Kehri Singh’s silent demeanour hides his past and he appears to be too scared to find his wicked shades in his young son Niki Singh ( Akshay Oberoi). Pankaj leaves no stones unturned to prove his mettle as an actor be it as the railway officer Satyaji in Masaan, Sultan of Gangs of Wasseypur, Principal of Nil Battey Sannata, the lover in Annarkali of Aarah and much more… Pankaj Tripathy has made a significant identity as a versatile actor in the tinsel town which by now has spanned more than a decade.
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Akshay Oberoi as Nikki Singh, the elder son of Kehri Singh has matched his performance to the hilt with his other co-stars. Akshay’s eyes convey a lot – rejection, hurt, insecurity and hunger for power. Akshay Oberoi as Rajesh in the film ‘Laal Rang’ had a given a noteworthy performance but then, unfortunately, the audience didn’t lap up the movie which he did with Randeep Hooda. He is another actor who is on a rise.
Ragini Khanna as Preeto, the US returned daughter of Kehri Singh has done a good job. Bound for the rest of her life to mutely agree to all the decisions her father makes for her just because he never said no to her. An apple of her father’s eyes she is the heir of his ill-gotten wealth and also a potential threat to the aspirations of her brother Nikki Singh. Shalini Vats has a studied silence as the wife of the indomitable Kehri Singh. She has buried many doubts and anger within her because of the fear of losing her family’s peace. Her love for Preeto and Kehri Singh considering Preeto as his lucky charm has many things to say.
The other characters like Chintu, the youngest son (Verma), Bhuppi (Aamir Bashir) brother of Kehri Singh who knows the darkest alley of Kehri’s heart has wins the audience heart.
In short, film Gurgaon deserves a one time watch for its story and treatment. At a time when you wonder why Harry Met Sejal why not visit Gurgaon in a nearby theatre and spend time worth watching a movie which is made well. What needs to be remembered is the story of Cain and Abel still hold relevance in this age too, where distinctive human passions, pre eminently wounded pride, anger, jealousy, and fear exists.
.Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 3.25/5
Cast: Pankaj Tripathy (Kehri Singh), Aamir Bashir(Bhuppi), Akshay Oberoi (Nikki Singh), Ragini Khanna (Preeto), Shalini Vatsa (Wife of Kehri Singh)
Genre: Crime Thriller
Director: Shanker Raman
Producers: Madhukar R. Musle, Ajay G. Rai, Alan McAlex, Nisha N. Sujan, Abbas Ali Ratansi
Screenplay & Dialogues by: Shanker Raman, Sourabh Ratnu, Vipin Bhatti, Yogi Singha
Music by: Naren Chandavarkar, Benedict Taylor
Lyrics: Manoj Yadav
Edited by: Shaan Mohammed
Cinematography: Vivek Shah
Production Company: A Jar Pictures Production
Presented by: M R Filmworks, Hashtag Film Studios
Release Date: 4th August 2017