Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Gandu (Hindi for "asshole") spends most of his time hanging out with Ricksha, a Rickshaw driver who loves Bruce Lee. Gandu wishes he was a hip-hop star, and will do almost anything to achieve that dream, including stealing cash from his Mom's rich adulterous lover while they're nailing. Enter into a world of drugs, rap and weird sex in this bizarre anti-Bollywood movie.
Is it good movie?
Gandu (Hindi for "asshole") spends most of his time hanging out with
Ricksha, a Rickshaw driver who loves Bruce Lee. Gandu wishes he was a
hip-hop star, and will do almost anything to achieve that dream,
including stealing cash from his Mom's rich adulterous lover while
they're nailing. Enter into a world of drugs, rap and weird sex in this
bizarre anti-Bollywood movie.
I can flat out easily say that Gandu is not a typical movie for typical
horror fans, and as such I had a pretty tough time watching it. Not
because I consider myself to be nothing but a "typical fan", but
because I just don't often go out for "powerful" "surrealistic" "art
house" films. If I can't really make out what's going on because It's
just supposed to be up to me to figure things out, chances are the film
isn't for me. Gandu is dangerously close being that kind of movie, to
say the least.
I'll give credit where credit is due though. I did somewhat understand
the characters who were relatively well written and layered. Gandu
himself is a somewhat endearing person who by the end of the film
manages to be someone you might like to spend time with. Played with
ferocity and intensity by Anubrata Basu, the performance is impressive.
The whole film is shot in an informal style with no written dialogue
whatsoever- almost everything was off the cuff. If you're into black
and white, this one is loaded with tons of B/W style, with color being
used very rarely, besides a sex scene.
Oh yeah, there's a super-graphic sex scene in this movie. The breaking
point when Gandu and Ricksha break away from reality to blur the lines
with drugs and indulgence includes real, straightforward sex that is
not simulated whatsoever. It's real sex! When it happens, the movie
"restarts" in a way, giving even a second set of opening credits to
demonstrate the rebirth.
Anyway, besides being pretty weird and often depressing at times, Gandu
isn't even close to being a horror movie of any sort. If anything, it
was banned in India for showing graphic sex and just breaking the
generally family-friendly tones of Bollywood cinema (of which I haven't
seen much). If you love foreign angry rap music and hip hop, there's
tons of it to be found here- it literally fills the film up and keeps
it moving, right down to the lyrics being presented in the center of
If you're looking for something original and loaded with style, you
might enjoy Gandu. As for me, it just wasn't really up my alley and I'm
quite certain I wouldn't watch it again. If you're feeling daring and
love international films, Gandu's for you.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2.35.1 anamorphic widescreen and
looks sharp, keeping up with the frenetic visual style of this film.
Audio comes in Bengali Dolby Digital 2.0 and forces
English subtitles. It sounds just fine, too bad it wasn't in surround
There's a Making of Featurette that
runs about a half hour long, and is actually really cool, keeping up
with the insanity of the film and being shot in the same style. It
doesn't have a ton of cool information, but it's a neat companion piece.
You get a music video from the
film, and a few bits about Gandu Circus
(the band): a little documentary
piece, a performance/video and
a little promo piece.
Finally, you get a trailer for
the film and a 5 minute blurb about the film landing in Berlin.
There's lots to see if you slide Gandu into your player, with plenty of
style over substance. If you're into wacky, crazy foreign rap
movie-musicals, this one is likely up your alley.