Guddu Rangeela
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IBTimes India Rating: 2

What happens when a serious issue such as honour killing is treated with unabashed humour? "Guddu Rangeela" somewhat sidelines pressing matters, wavering into peripherals.

Subhash Kapoor, journalist-turned-filmmaker, does everything in his might to make his latest an interesting watch, but is defeated at the hands of terrible editing and screenplay.

Rangeela (Arshad Warsi) and Guddu (Amit Sadh) are inseparable. Conmen of the first order, both pose as folk singers in the village trading secret information for money. Eventually, they fall prey to the temptation of earning quick cash. The tricksters soon land themselves in soup.

Enter Baby (Aditi Rao Hydari), who gets herself kidnapped to avenge her sister's death, who was killed by her husband, Billu Pahalwan (Ronit Roy), a terror-spewing politico.

Had the elements been in line, the money spent at the ticket window wouldn't have returned to haunt. What completely pushes the story off-balance is its penchant to shift focus without notice. The plotline is predictable, stably hovering over known territories.

What salvages this wrinkled narrative is its talented cast.

Arshad lends Rangeela the perfect rawness, Amit blurts Haryanvi with ease, Ronit is in sync with Billu - strong, brooding, and extremely cold. Aditi, whose pretty face softens the harshness around, needs to push her extreme.

Although both Arshad and Ronit have done similar roles earlier, they add freshness to the part with unmatched acting skills.

The captain of the ship could've aced this one, but he fell short of expectations. Amit Trivedi's uneventful compositions make for another dampener.

In a nutshell, the film doesn't deliver as much as it promises.