Gulumaal: The Escape
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|Gulumaal: The Escape|
|Directed by||V. K. Prakash|
|Produced by||Sajitha Prakash|
|Written by||Rajesh Y. V.|
|Music by||Manu Ramesan|
|Editing by||Mahesh Narayanan|
Gulumaal: The Escape is a 2009 Malayalam crime comedy film directed by V. K. Prakash and written by Rajesh Y. V., starring Kunchacko Boban and Jayasurya in the lead roles. The film is an uncredited remake of the Argentine film Nine Queens(2000). It released on 4 December 2009. The film was shot in digital format by cinematographer Fowzia Fathima.
This is the story of Ravi Varma (Kunchako Boban) in the lead. Jerry, is an experienced conman, when Ravi Varma enters the scene. Jerry wasn't impressed by Ravi at first then later was convinced by his smartness, and both of them plan a big heist. They get the idea from a thief, Bose. Both plan to trick an NRI played by Devan. Jerry has been a con-man from childhood. He and his sister are separated due to Jerry's idea to bring the family house under his own name. His father finds out about his plot, though, and his sister does not approve of his fraudulent activities.
The story starts with the arrest of Ravi Varma (Kunchako Boban), whose father has just been arrested due to a fraud case. He plans, along with a skilled conman to steal money from a petrol station, and is caught, but he escapes with the help of Jerry (Jayasurya), who has also been trying to pull off a similar act. After Ravi Varma proves himself to Jerry, an old acquaintance (who is a forger) tells Jerry of a copy painting that he could possibly trick an NRI into for 50 lakhs. This information creates a rift in the newly formed friendship as they go out and try to outdo each other to get the money. To add a twist to the story, Jerry's sister, who has been against him because of a court case, works at the hotel that the NRI is staying at. Both Ravi Varma and the NRI fall in love with her. They eventually lose the painting and have to buy the original out of fear. They eventually do so, pooling in money they had decided not to use (from mortgages and court), buy the original and sell it to the NRI for 3 crore. Another incident on the same night separates Jerry and his sister further, and then the duo (Jerry and Ravi Varma) learn that the cheque given to them is not valid. They fall into a fight and decide to split up and part ways. The story follows with Jerry, who runs into the master fraud from the beginning of the story, whom he had not known initially. The master fraud brings him to resolve out the story, at which point the plot takes an interesting twist. Jerry realizes he has arrived at the wedding of Ravi Varma and his sister! He also finds out that the entire sequence of events starting from the gas station incident had been completely staged as a form of gentle revenge in return for the scam which had sent Ravi Varma's father to jail. Jerry asks for forgiveness from everyone and leaves the wedding thereafter. As the credits roll out, Jerry is seen pondering into another possible scam, leaving an open end for a possible sequel to the movie.
- Kunchako Boban as Ravi Varma
- Jayasurya as Jerry Mathews
- Charankartheek as Super Hero
- Mithra Kurian as Serra
- |Nedumudi Venu as Prabhakara Varma
- |Devan as NRI
- Gita Nair as Ravi's mother
- Suraj Venjaramood as ATS Shambhu
- Maniyanpilla Raju as Rangaswami a.k.a. Ahmed Shaji
- Salim Kumar as
- Bijukuttan as Constable
- Kottayam Nazeer as Biju (Appy Biju)
- Valsala Menon
- Siddique As himself (cameo)
The film opened to mixed reviews. Sify.com commented that "with a tighter script, better music and lesser length the film could have been even more entertaining", but added, "The best thing about the film could be its unconventional narrative style." Indiaglitz.com called it "stylish and crazy entertainment", praising the film's "intense believability" and "unstoppable flow of brilliantly witty one-liners", but criticized the poor selection of voices in Manu Rameshan's songs. VN of Nowrunning.com gave the film 2.5 out of 5, praising "the amazing camaraderie that its lead actors share" but finding fault with the "cacophony" and substandard picturisation of the songs. VN also noted that Gulumal was "a straight lift off the Argentinian film Nueve Reinas (Nine Queens".
Accusation of plagiarism
The film was plagiarised from Fabián Bielinsky's 2000 Argentine crime drama film Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas). When asked about this, director V. K. Prakash said: "I discovered the Nine Queens connection only after I liked the subject of Gulumaal.
- Vijay George. (13 May 2011). "Exploring genres". The Hindu. Retrieved 2 July 2011.