Published on 11 Feb 2009 | over 8 years ago
Gulaal, the project closest to Anurag Kashyaps heart, took shape in 2001, when he was listening to songs from Pyaasa andPaanch was struggling with censors. Inspired by a song from Pyaasa, Yeh duniya agar mil bhi jaaye to kya hai, the film is a dedication to Sahir Ludhianwi, the lyricist of the song and all other poets who had a vision of India.
Gulaal is set in Rajpur a fictional city of Rajasthan, where a member of the erstwhile royal family stakes claim to the land of Rajasthan and wants to go back to the days of royalty. He wants Rajputana back from the Government of India and challenges the very idea of democracy. His history backs him, his people too, but the power corrupts him...
Similar to a Shakespearean fable of desire, lost identities, love, greed, violence, murder, deceit, power and innocence, it is a film inspired by poetry; the forgotten male, macho world of power, corruption and greed, where women are just means to an end while nobody can be trusted. It's a film that brings back poetry to cinema, songs that inspire us, shake us; sometimes a thriller, a drama, but poignant, shocking and provocative. It's a film about the conflict created as a modern India tries to break the shackles of its past.