Raj & DK’s new retro crime drama Guns & Gulaabs hits Netflix today. An ode to mid-90s Bollywood, this dark comedy series mixes romance and lowbrow comedy as a wrench becomes an instrument of death and unleashes a series of madnesses in the unpredictable town of Gulabganj chain reaction of events. As the duo’s first Netflix project, it’s worth noting that Guns & Gulaab took an insanely long time in the making — a trailer was released in September, but silence on broadcast until earlier this month . It can be assumed that the creators are busy working on Amazon Prime Video’s Farzi, but the show is also not mentioned in Netflix’s 2023 release schedule, which has fans skeptical.
“This time we’re going back to what we love most… embracing the storytelling style of our earlier films (’99, Shor In The City). Somewhere along the way, we found ourselves creating a A mashup of cheesy, retro-inspired genres,” Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK said in a prepared statement. The duo described “Guns and Gulabs” as a “bizarre story” full of nostalgic music and references, delivered through a group of misfits trying to navigate a gang-ridden, cartel-run town famous. First, Rajkumar Rao (“Monica,” “Honey”) as Paana Tipu, a lovesick mechanic who, when he unleashes his inner demons, He descends into a life of crime – killing intruders by driving a wrench into their throats.
The show reunites Rao with his “White Tiger” co-star Adarsh Gourav, who plays Chhota Ganchi, the reluctant heir to a drug empire, Desperate to make his father proud. Since no crime drama is complete without the police, we have Dulquer Salmaan (Sita Ramam) taking the place of Officer Arjun Varma. Tired of the mundane lifestyle, the honest cop turns to living a chaotic life in hopes of making quick money and even a better chance at a promotion. The easiest way to accomplish this is to overthrow the drug lord, so he teams up with Chhota Ganchi to get a 5% bonus on the heists he plans for disorganization. In the midst of it all, a goofy gangster named “4 Cut Aatmaram” (Gulshan Devaya) is on the loose in the town, and he’s known for killing — or rather, purifying — souls. Famously, just four stabs with a switchblade.
“Guns and Gulabs” mimics old Bollywood motorcycle chases and over-the-top action, but also delivers a story of revenge, heartbreak and sweet innocence through the eyes of three classmates. The series also stars the late Satish Kaushik (“Mr. India”) as drug lord father Ganchi and frequent Raj & DK collaborator Ashmis Kund (“The Family Man”) and Pooja Gore (The Verdict – Nation vs Nanawati).
Guns and the Gulab hits Netflix today.