Now that Anurag Kashyap is the toast of the town as an avant garde director, there is a lot of anticipation for his next, Gulaal, a movie that was stuck in the making for the past five years.
Gulaal will be released on March 13, 2009. The movie went into production in June 2008. Gulaal has an immensely talented cast with Kay Kay Menon, the fantastic Deepak Dobriyal (Omkara, Blue Umbrella), Mahi Gill, Raja Chaudhary, Piyush Mishra, Abhimanyu Shekhar Singh, Ayesha Mohan, and the edgy Jesse Randhawa.
Gulaal is the story of an impressionable (kinder word than weak) young man Dileep (Raja Chaudhary) who gets sucked into a political battle waged by the Maharajas in Rajasthan to set up a separate state.
Kay Kay Menon plays the leader of the Maharajahs, Dukey Bana, who uses Dileep for his own political agenda, to bolster the Rajputana movement.
Gulaal’s music has been composed by Piyush Mishra, with Indian Ocean singing one track in the movie.
The music of Gulaal has been described by Anurag Kashyap as a cross between that of Bob Dylan and John Lennon.
Gulaal has been written by Anurag Kashyap and Raja Chaudhary. Raja Chaudhary has said that it took him a few meetings to be able to narrate his script to Anurag Kashyap, after which Anurag went with him to Rajasthan and worked on it and narrated it to him. Raja Chaudhary has said that he felt his script was like that written by a five-year-old when compared to Anurag’s version.
Anurag Kashyap has written in his blog, “It (Gulaal) was and is my most angry film. It was influenced a lot by the songs from Pyaasa. That is the music that i use to hear at that time. Particularly “yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai.”
Initially, Gulaal was produced by Jhamu Sughand, but was put on the backburner when fell ill. His other movies in production at that time, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Johnny Gaddar, continued to be filmed. No one wanted to touch Gulaal at that time, but in 2008 Zee Motion Pictures stepped in to complete and release the movie.
Hopefully Anurag Kashyap’s ill-fated Paanch will see the light of the day, now that it has been finally cleared by the censors.