Goray Gondogol

Slapstick is a type of broad, physical comedy involving exaggerated, boisterous actions (e.g. a pie in the face), farce, violence and activities which may exceed the boundaries of common sense

Goray Gondogal is a farce comedy, brilliantly shouldered by an ensemble cast.

The bengali film revolves around the marriage plans of  a software guy who has no family and a girl whose father won’t agree to the marriage till he is sure of the guy’s ancestry(or the ”high family” as per english subtitles).  Just when the guy gives up hope (and his money purse), suddenly a pick-pocket comes to his rescue and assembles the ”lowest” family possible. And what follows is comedy of errors and a lot of farce, evoking quite a few laughs.

While the concepts of a ‘dummy family’ has been explored ( “Joker”, “Chitram Bhalare Vichitram”, “Jayammu Nischayammu Ra” etc) and so is kidnapping for just causes(“Money” etc), this film combines these two for good effect.

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A ‘rage room’ to bust anger and Jandhyala

Two Serbian teenagers have set up a ‘Rage Room’ where people can vent out their anger and frustration by destroying as much as possible. Customers are handed a baseball and hardhat, before unleashing on lamps, beds, tables and any other pieces of furniture.

The ‘Rage Room’ has drawn a flurry of attention since it opened in the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad in October, where two decades of war, political crisis and economic hardship have driven many people over the edge, the ‘Daily Mail’ reported. Click here more

I would like to think this was inspired from Jandhyala’s “Aha na pellanta”


“Nayak”: Pace n’ Grace…

When Mark Twain wrote ”The Prince and the Pauper” it was about two people who looked almost alike but their worlds were nothing but similar. (Probably the first ever such story, if you discount less etched examples in mythology like that of ”Ashwini Gods”, “Nakula-Sahadeva” etc). So, what ensues when they are swapped into each of their worlds, forms the crux of the story.

Over the years, several Indian films were made on this look-alike concept (including the 1954 telugu movie “Raju-Peda” that was an adaptation of this story) and most of them enjoyed decent  success at the box-office. At one point of time, an actor playing a dual-role was equated with star status and making it to the big league.

Most of these films follow three basic blocks whether the two characters are twins or not

  • bumping into each other or someone else initiating them (like in ”Don”, “Iddaru Mitrulu” , “The Man in the iron mask” etc)
  • learning to be the other and adjusting to their world (“Don”, “Iddaru Mitrulu”, “Hello Brother” etc)
  • resolving the problems in their world (most of these films) and two live happily forever(“Iddaru Mitrulu”, “Hello Brother” etc)  or one gets killed (like in Krishna’s film ”Bandodu-Gundamma”).

Incidentally when my father wrote and directed a TV episode he pretty much followed the same format but incorporated a deadly twist towards the end.

However as years progressed, and with several such films dished out on the same theme, writers/directors fast tracked and jumbled this structure and the result is films like “Adhurs” and now the recent “Nayak”

“Nayak” in a way respects audience sensibilities and does not treat them with too many cliched scenes that result during/post their swapping. Instead, it focuses on what it if these two characters meet each other in an unusual circumstance and pads the rest of the scenes before and after.

The director makes sure that that movie marches ahead with brisk pace ably supported by decent writing and good acting by the support cast. One could argue that this leaves not much for the lead star to perform, but in a masala entertainer, there is only a little he can do anyway. Ram Charan dazzles and he carries his dances and scenes with grace. Songs deserve special mention specially the first one (“Laila…”) and the songs shot in abroad.

On the whole, “Nayak” keeps you occupied but does not engross you.  It does not raise the bar, which I guess, is not too much to expect from the star of ”Magadheera” and the director of “Aadi”.


Here is a small list of dual-role films that I can recall.

  1. The Great Dictator (1940)
  2. Raju-Peda (1954)
  3. Iddaru Mithrulu (1961)
  4. Ramudu Bheemudu (1964)
  5. Leta manasulu (1966)
  6. Bullemma Bullodu (1972)
  7. Don (1978)
  8. Kumara Raja (1978)
  9. Yugandhar (1979)
  10. Bandodu Gundamma (1980)
  11. Pagabattina Simham (1982)
  12. Mahaan (1983)
  13. Simhasanam (1986)
  14. Gudachari 117 (1987) (Bhanupriya)
  15. Yamudiki Mogudu (1988)
  16. Hello Brother (1994)
  17. The man in the iron mask (1998)
  18. The parent trap (1998)
  19. Adhurs (2010)
  20. The Devil’s Double (2011)