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Revolver Rani (2014)

My rating – 2/5

Kangana’s last release ‘Queen’ has triggered my expectations to such a high that I was eagerly waiting to see my favorite actress in her new avatar – as the dynamic ‘Revolver Rani’.

But this time I am disappointed.

Disappointed not entirely from Kangana’s acting perspective – though i felt she was a little over-the-top a couple of times but still she did a decent job and pretty well morphed herself as the new-age ‘Phulan Devi’.

In fact most of the actors have given good performances but regrettably the story didn’t have the strength to shoulder these accomplishments.

‘Revolver Rani’ is supposed to be a dark comedy and Kangana Ranaut (whose skin color is made dark enough to suit her role) is the badass queen of this dark, merciless world.

Well I guess that was the general idea but unfortunately it didn’t work out in the favor of the audience.

 

Chambal the ever-sentimental place for the dacoits (who have now turned into politicians) is used as the backdrop for this gritty, violent drama.

On one side we have Alka Singh (Kangana as Revolver Rani) and her mentor Bali Mama (Piyush Mishra) and on the rival side we have Udaybhan Tomar (very well enacted by Zakir Hussain) leading the blood-thirsty Tomar family.

And of course how can we forget the ‘toy boy’, Alka’s one and only love Rohan Mehra (Vir Das) who though treated as a comic relief at the beginning evolves as the main player who decides Revolver Rani’s fate at the end of the film. (I think for this role a better actor should have been considered).

Comic only in bits and pieces the film especially after interval looses its focus.

So many characters, each having their own dreams, often getting unnecessarily more importance than the main character; well in a nutshell – too many stories spoiled the plot.

The film in its desperate attempt to join the ‘B-grade cinema’ club patronizes a never-ending chain of action sequences, sometimes unapologetically raw and over dramatic.

These action scenes are often slow-motioned and pumped up by loud background music but the effect is not always pleasurable. I personally think we have seen hundred times better-inspired versions of Tarantino and Scorsese in Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur saga.

 

Sai Kabir, the first time director undoubtedly tried his best to come up with something refreshing, a madcap film with an unusual story line. I must say he chose a daring script for his first venture.

To be honest the possibility of a sequel scares me but I love to think positive.

This one is only recommended for Kangana Ranaut fans who after watching her wearing Italian fashioned spiky bras should feel the entire film experience worth it.

 

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