Rathna Kumar’s ‘Gulu Gulu’, starring Santhanam, is an ambitious effort, but it plays like separate parts of a jigsaw puzzle that never come together

Posted on July 29, 2022

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I was never sure what to make of the movie. The easiest thing would be to call it a curious experiment..

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In most films, Santhanam is the guy who does the funny lines, the crazy stuff while the others play it straight. In Rathna Kumar’s Gulu Gulu, the others in the cast – Namitha Krishnamurthy, Pradeep Rawat, Mariyam George, and many, many others – are in charge of the funny lines, the crazy stuff. And Santhanam is the straight guy, a man with a heart of gold. He is from… I cannot name the place, because that’s part of the film’s many wild surprises. The other surprise is this writer-director’s choice of this material. Meyaadha Maan was a romantic drama with a dash of comedy, and Aadai was a morality tale. Both films were focused affairs, with a tight group of characters. Gulu Gulu is a complete reversal. There are many characters and many tonalities – from serious drama to Chaplinesque physical and situational comedy – and I was never sure what to make of it. The easiest thing would be to call it a curious experiment.

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