Guns and Gulaabs Review: A dive into nostalgia, black comedy with a pinch of dull climax



Web Series: Guns and Gulaabs
Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gourav ,Dulquer Salmaan and Gulshan Devaiah
Directed by: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK
Episodes: 7
OTT: Netflix 
Rating: 3 moons

Directed by Raj and DK, Guns and Gulaabs is a 7 episode long series, full of gangsters, romance and drama. Starring Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gourav, Dulquer Salmaan and Gulshan Devaiah in the lead, the series is streaming from August 18 on Netflix .

The story is set back in 90’s and begins with a fictional village called Gulaabganj. Every character in the village being egoistic wanting the world to revolve around them. Throughout the series the father - son duo relationship is depicted alongside. Starting from Tipu (Rajkummar) who doesn’t want to become a gangster like his father, to Chhota Ganchi ( Adarsh) who is trying to prove his worth to his father throughout. On the other side the love angles of the main characters follow which are also full of entertainment and it’s interesting to follow up the different stories. 

 Rajkummar never fails to impress with his his versatility and always manages to bring the characters to life. Salmaan who plays the character of Arjun, portrays a narcotic cop with the outmost excellence and his performance is commendable . Besides, Adarsh too had done a good job and justice to the character. Whereas Gulshan could have had more screen time. 

The series is a mixture of a 90’s Bollywood and black comedy along with romance, drama and entertainment. Although it surely brings back some nostalgia with its characters and sets, it lacks engagement. After the first part, one becomes bored and would hardly continue the series. Another thing that doesn’t work is the predictability of the events. One can easily figure out what would be the next scene which makes it boring. Episodes are also lengthy and could be cut shorter.

As directors Raj and Dk have done a decent job and could have turned the narrative towards being more intriguing rather than predictable, actors outshined themselves but still couldn’t maintain the engagement due to the  simple storyline of the series.