Guns & Gulaabs (2023): Ode To India’s 1990s Masala Movie World

Guns & Gulaabs is an ode to India’s 1980s & 1990s movie world that includes all the popular cliches. It is a nostalgia trip undertaken by the creators Raj & DK, wherein they reminisce about the era that has gone by.

And when I said, the movie world, it also included the hit Music of not only that 1990s period but also those chart-bursting songs from the earlier period. Then there are famous proverbs and dialogues from that era.

Guns & Gulaabs (IND/2023) Series:- details

GenreComedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Age-restrictionsUA (16+)
Original languageHindi (गन्स एंड गुलाबस lossly translated to Guns & Roses – a popular band)
Gulaabs (गुलाबस) means Roses.
Released inAugust 2023
Season & EpisodesSeason (1) One – Episodes (7) Seven
CreatorsKrishna D.K. & Raj Nidimoru
WritersSuman Kumar, Raj & DK
(Hindi Dialogues by Sumit Arora)
CastRajkummar Rao, T.J. Bhanu, Dulquer Salmaan, Pooja Gor, Adarsh Gourav, Gulshan Devaiah, Satish Kaushik, Vipin Sharma
About – Guns & Gulaabs

Guns & Gulaabs (IND/2023) Series:- synopsis

This story is set in the sleepy town of Gulaabgunj in the 1990s, which is dominated by the local drug cartel. In that era, a bunch of commoners in the town, a mechanic Tipu (Rajkummar Rao) struggles to emerge from his dead gangster father’s shadow in a mission to win over the love of his life Chandralekha (T.J. Bhanu), the English teacher. Meanwhile, an honest officer Arjun (Dulquer Salmaan) ends up being a chaos agent; whilst a reluctant cartel heir Chotu Ganchi ~ Jugnu (Adarsh Gourav) has an identity crisis. All these characters get involved in chaotic events, as one of the biggest opium deals was supposed to take place in that town.

Guns & Gulaabs (IND/2023) Series:- {Spoilers Free} review

Gone are the days of the popular movie world, when the typical masala films dominated the screens in the 1980s and 1990s of India. Such Indian movies boast of all the must-have ingredients in the three-hour-long movies – Comedy, Crime, Romance, Thriller, Drama, etc. It seems that many people of the older generation while growing up in the said bygone eras were regular consumers of such a genre of cinemas.

Those typical Indian masala movies were quite popular, as their viewers were asked not to look for the logic in the scriptwriting and instead simply enjoy the mad-cap ride into their immersive world of fiction. It was a kind of escape for the average Indian, who was working hard to earn a living under difficult circumstances. No doubt, Popular Indian cinemas acted as a distraction and provided an escape route for all.

The Guns & Gulaabs series is an ode and a homage to that era.

So, while reviewing this series, we had to overlook the gross illogical moments and absurdities in its storyline. And as a viewer, you will also have to do the same, to enjoy the content of this series.

Once you are willing to take its story with a pinch of salt, then you will find that this show offers a lot of entertainment. It has a very good collection of professional actors – Rajkummar Rao (we saw his work recently in Bheed film too), T.J. Bhanu (we have seen her recently in Modern Love Chennai series too), Dulquer Salmaan, Pooja Gor, Adarsh Gourav, Gulshan Devaiah, Satish Kaushik, Vipin Sharma, etc. who have done a commendable job to make us nostalgic about the era that has gone by.

However, some people might feel that such a good bunch of actors could have been used in a much better and tighter script.

A shout-out to the hugely talented actor Adarsh Gourav (who plays Chotu ‘Jugnu’ Ganchi), as he has done an amazing job bringing alive his complex character, who is searching for his identity in this cruel world of crime besides trying to prove himself to be a worthy heir to the drug-cartel family. Incidentally, Adarsh Gourav Bhagavatula was born in our state of Jharkhand in the industrial town of Jamshedpur. And not to forget the fact not so long ago, he was nominated for a BAFTA in the acting category in another series.

Its cinematography has managed to capture the beauty of small towns in the hilly Himalayan regions of India. The location of its shooting was in the scenic Uttarakhand state in the Himalayas, especially Dehradun, Mussoorie and its twin city nearby Landour. They have also used popular songs from the said eras to name the title of a bunch of the episodes in the series.

Also, one has to admire the creator duo of Krishna D.K. & Raj Nidimoru (Raj & DK), who gave us two superhits Farzi and The Family Man series, not so long ago. They are really churning out one good series after another. To be honest, although this Guns & Gulaabs show has failed to live up to the high standards set by Raj & DK. Maybe because of its predictable storyline, which is based on popular masala movies from India.

Still, it is an enjoyable show that forces you to take a trip down memory lane and reminisce about your journey in life. Also, check out how the mobile telecom revolution and other technological advancements in the last couple of decades have changed our lives in India. All in all, it is a good time-pass show, that makes you wonder about the changing landscape, tastes and preferences in today’s entertainment world.

You will certainly enjoy it if you like the 1980s and 1990s films.

Guns & Gulaabs (IND/2023) Series:- {Spoilers Alert} peek into its episodes

Episode 1 – Har Insaan Mein Hai Shaitaan

The title is a popular proverb in the Hindi language and it means there is a devil in every man.

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Har Insaan Mein Hai Shaitaan

After his father’s death, lovelorn mechanic Tipu (Rajkummar Rao) takes a drastic step. The arrival of cop Arjun Varma (Dulquer Salmaan) causes a stir in Gulabganj town.

Meanwhile, a high-stakes drug deal is afoot, wherein a big order for illegal drugs has been placed with the gang leader Ganchi (Satish Kaushik) by a powerful party from Kolkotta.

Episode 2 – Everything I Do … I Do It For You

The title is a popular 1991 song by Bryan Adams.

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Har Insaan Mein Hai Shaitaan

When his family is threatened, Arjun is faced with a messy personal problem. How can he save himself and his loving family from the possible case of a public embarrassment?

Ganchi’s (Satish Kaushik) gang suffers a sudden blow while the hired assassin Atmaram (Gulshan Devaiah) takes a shot at Tipu, however, Tipu manages to stay alive but loses his close friend.

Episode 3 – Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki

Kasam Paida Karnewale Ki – this title is a popular 1984 Hindi movie name and the title song from the same, it means taking an oath in the name of the creator and/or one’s birth parents.

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Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki

A devastated Tipu vows to avenge the emotional loss of his close friend and to kill Atmaram. Seeking to grab power, a rival cartel tries to control of drug business and fulfil the drug orders placed by the Kolkotta party; even as Jugnu (Adarsh Gourav) steps into his father’s shoes, as his father Ganchi gets severely injured in a freak accident and hospitalized.

Episode 4 – Deal Ya No Deal

The title is the name of the popular game show on TV.

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Deal Ya No Deal

As the two gangs compete with each other for control of the lucrative drug business, Arjun targets opium farms in both the towns – Gulaabganj and Sherpur.

At the same time, Nannu ~  Lalkrishna Panwar (Krish Rao) and Jo ~ Jyotsana (Suhani Sethi) grow closer at the school; while Tipu and Bunty (Manuj Sharma) search for Atmaram, as Tipu seeks revenge.

Episode 5 – Do Dil Mil Rahe Hain

The title is a popular 1997 Hindi movie song from India, it means two hearts are meeting and coming together.

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Do Dil Mil Raje Hain

A desperate Jugnu throws caution to the wind, while Lekha’s (T.J. Bhanu) family struggles to cope with the desperation in the Ganchi gang. An attack on the hospital exposes Tipu to Atmaram’s wrath.

Episode 6 – Pyaar Chutiyapa Hai

The title is a popular street lingo in Hindi, it means love is silly and idiotic.

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Pyar Chutiyapa Hai

Arjun attempts to find his own allies. Nannu’s friendship with Jo drives a wedge between him and Gangu ~ Gangaram (Tanishq Chaudhary) at the school. Tipu plots a daring deed to help Lekha.

Episode 7 – Raat Baaki Baat Baaki

The title is a popular 1982 Hindi movie song, it means the night is still on, and the talk is still on.

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Raat Baaki Baat Baaki

In the final episode, as cops and cartels collide, one truckload of drugs stands between chaos and control. But when Lekha and the school kids are pulled into danger, Arjun and Tipu take action.

Guns & Gulaabs (IND/2023) Series:- poster

Guns & Gulaabs
Guns & Gulaabs – poster

Guns & Gulaabs (IND/2023) Series:- ratings

FM’s rating3.75/5
IMDb rating as of the date8.00/10
FM & IMDb ratings – Guns & Gulaabs

Guns & Gulaabs (IND/2023) Series:- trailer

Trailer – Guns & Gulaabs | Youtube.

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