Movie Review: Guilty
Artists: Kiara Advani, Akanksha Ranjan, Taher Shabbir, Gurfateh Singh Pirzada, Kunal Vijaykar, Manu Rishi, etc.
Director: Ruchi Narayan
Producer: Karan Johar and Apoorva Mehta
Rating: ** 4
An anecdote of the last month of 1989 before Karan Johar’s digital production company Dharmatic Entertainment reviewed the film Gili. In the same month, Amitabh Bachchan’s best film Main Azad Hoon was released. This film did not play at the box office. The reason? Before this, Amitabh Bachchan’s three mega-budget films Ganga Jamuna Saraswati, Storm, and Magician Line have super flopped. People did not go to see that I am free of fear. Guilty released on Netflix on March 6. It took three days to get the courage to say whether this film too is Karan Johar’s Drive, Ghost Stories, or What the Love! Like time will not stop. But, fear turned out to be wrong. The film turned out great.
Three big and best female-oriented films released this year in cinemas, Chhapak, Panga, and Slap have not been able to pull the audience to theaters as expected. Asking on the big screen is earning money. Considered earning money who could bring back the original money along with interest. There is no such pressure on Netflix here. Gilt is the finest creation of this Muktakash. Sudhir Mishra’s film should be called Thousands of Khwahishen, in fact, its writer Ruchi Narayan’s film too. The same interest is Narayan’s Sixer on Netflix, Guilty.
If Kiara Advani is the senior-most among the main cast of the film, then you can understand how much cinematography the rest of the cast would have done so far. But, this film is as good as new faces along with Ruchi Narayan, as Ann Chandra did in the film Ankush. This film can also be called New Age Mother India, just here the mother does not give a sacrifice, the reason is the two.
The gilt written by Ruchi Narayan, Kanika Dhillon, and Atika Chauhan together is less than the amount of praise of its actors to present it on screen with its full effect. Nanaki, who is made a psychopath to forget what happened to her at the age of 13, spends her life on her boyfriend VJ. She writes great songs for VJ’s band and chills with her friends. What happens in a college hostel on a night of Valentines’ Day, brings the life of Nanki, VJ, and his friends to an upheaval. At the center of the incident is Tanu Kumar, a girl who came to Delhi from Jharkhand to study.
Ruchi Narayan’s victory in this film is also because his casting team managed to fit the perfect cast in each character. Kiara Advani has done a wonderful performance in the role of Nanki. Well, Kiara has no way of expressing love, but in the lonely compartment of the metro train, she shows her range of acting abilities in a scene dealing with depression. By the way, according to the story and the climax, Anushka Ranjan has a more powerful character. This is the debut film of the younger daughter of TV producer couple Shashi Ranjan and Anu Ranjan and in the first film itself, she has pulled a big streak of actresses. The artist who has done a great job after these two in the film is Tahir Shabbir in the character of lawyer Danish Ali Baig. Apart from these, Gurfateh Singh Pirzada, Kunal Vijaykar, and Manu Rishi have also done commendable roles in supporting roles.
Another strong side of the film is its lyric music. Ankur Tiwari and Kausar Munir are here in their full rhythm. The lyrics that the lab is free are used here to create its mood. Kahun, Chalk Gireban, Likhi Meri Aur Rahane are two such songs that I would like to hear later. The cinematography of Andrew Boulter and Antoine Parker does full justice to the film’s story. The camera placement helps in creating the mood of the film. Editing of Thom Noble has maintained the film’s momentum from start to finish.