Gypsy review: Dull & Slow


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Critic's Rating: 2.5/5

Friday 06 March 2020

Movie Title

Gypsy review: Dull & Slow


Raju Murugan

Star Cast

Jiiva, Natasha Singh, Lal Jose

Raju Murugan's Gypsy is a far-from-perfect film from the director who has given two wonderful films like Cuckoo and Joker

The film’s chief lapse is its meandering script and it is a cocktail of various genres. Like how Mani Ratnam's Bombay depicted the adverse effects of the communal violence that happened in the '90s, Raju Murugan has taken up a similar communal riot angle in Gypsy to separate the lovers. The music angle reminds you of Ranbir Kapoor's Rockstar. But unlike Bombay and Rockstar, this one fails to deliver.

As a kid, Gypsy (Jiiva) lost his parents in an Indo-Pak war and gets adopted by a wanderer. Now Gypsy has become a nomad singer who performs from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, he doesn't have any permanent place to live. When he camps in Nagoor, Waheeda (Natasha Singh) an orthodox Muslim girl falls in love with him. They elope and get married. As Waheeda gets pregnant, Gypsy has no other option but to stay in Varanasi.  

A communal riot breaks out and being a Muslim, Waheeda is subjected to pressure by Hindus and at one point, she gets terrified on seeing everyone, including people close to her killed. In the same riot, Gypsy  goes to jail and they get separated. Now Gypsy should find Waheeda, his kid and also find a way to unite the divided people of Varanasi through his music!  

There are two positives in Gypsy- the earnest Jiiva and the music of Santhosh Narayanan.  Natasha Singh is apt as Waheeda. Malayalam director Lal Jose as Waheeda's dad is a miscast and the Kerala communist angle sticks out like a sore thumb.

Selvakumar's visuals are impressive .On the whole, Gypsy certainly has its heart in the right place. But sadly it’s often dull, slow and you can pretty much predict its every next step.

Gypsy review:  Jiiva's performance is the only strength








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