Ajay Devgan is the protagonist of the film ‘Red’ directed by Raj Kumar Gupta on the scripts written by Ritesh Shah. Hindi society is missing in Hindi films being made in Mumbai. Ritesh and Raj have given ‘Red’ the story of Lucknow. He has entered the mansion of the family of a domineering leader from Lucknow. In the family structure there, their parallel longing can also be seen with the mutual relations of the family members.
When black money and hidden assets are revealed, the difference of their interests is revealed. It is learned that under the guise of joint family, they were collecting all personal property. Even the unscrupulous head of the house does not know that his enemies and piercing are present in his house.
Before writing anything about the main duality of this film, it is important to note that the Khal characters of North India in Hindi films have been rarely screened with this detail and proximity. In Prakash Jha’s films, such leaders of feudal instincts are seen who are present in every trick with their pieces in the chess of politics. They have direct access to DM, CM and PM. They have the political power to topple the government. On the basis of that, they establish their influence and domination. Their parallel power keeps going. We know the stories of such Bahubali of North India.
Writers and filmmakers avoid them while showing in films. They are seen violating their prevailing filmy grammar behavior. In the depiction and maintenance of such characters, the filmmakers of Hindi films use the worn-out formula for lack of knowledge and understanding. In this process, Khal often makes the characters clown. This danger has also been in this film, but Raj Kumar Gupta has survived. He has kept the character of Rameshwar Singh under control. He has received authoritative help from Ritesh Shah.
‘Red’ is a formulaic story of the encounter of an honest income tax officer and a dishonest leader. The audience knows that honest victory is to be won in the end, but only the events before that victory are interesting.
Inspired By Someone
Ritesh Shah has not made any one officer his hero. It is not biopic. It is a collective story of many Himmati honest officials, who are being represented by Amay Patnaik. Rameshwar Singh is not a character inspired by any one person. He is representing the leaders who have become the contractors of power. While watching this film, the personally deprived or lacked audience has the spiritual and symbolic joy that the dishonest will get punished for it and honest will prevail.
Such films entertain viewers. Despite being ordinary, films like ‘Red’ cause satisfaction and hope in today’s Indian society. We need such films which bring the difficulties and dilemmas of Hindi society on screen with their nature. It is good that Ritesh Shah and Raj Kumar Gupta have been successful in this endeavor.
His success has depended on Ajay Devgan and Saurabh Shukla. The actors selected in the supporting roles have also contributed appropriately. Ajay Devgan adopts a different gait and body language while appearing on screen as a sincere, hypocritical, stubborn and dhuni. His voice plays on even. The ‘wound’ has brought out the clarity of ‘honesty of personality’ in them, but this shed can be seen only from the first film. They do not allow Amay Patnaik to be Singham. Like a normal person, he also worries about his wife and colleagues.
They use ‘common sense’ to protect themselves and put a barrier in front of the door. Amay Patnaik is not a single-handed character. It remains ethical by using the facilities provided by the system through the support of law. It is revealed in the film that he is an atheist. Really, atheists are more honest.
Saurabh Shukla as Rameshwar Singh has played the character of a domineering leader of North India. He knows to use his dominance and influence. Due to being illiterate, he could not make a minister, but he did not hesitate to show his domineering madam to the Prime Minister as well. Rameshwar Singh’s ego and pride can be understood only by understanding this connection mechanism of India.
Amit Syal plays the role of Pushpa Joshi and Lallan Sudhir as Dadi Amma. The confidence of the actress playing the role of Mukta Yadav is remarkable. Many of the characters of Amay Patnaik’s team and Rameshwar Singh’s family knock despite two or four scenes.
The song and music of this film is more than that. The selection of Punjabi songs for non-Punjabi characters in the backdrop of Lucknow is inappropriate. No native or folk songs of Lucknow’s rich musical tradition could be kept. Two Punjabi songs knock into the ears and scenes. The rest of the two songs are not simple and audible even though the film is consistent in theme. Certainly, under the pressure of the producers, they have been added like ‘Khurpi’s song’ in Hansua’s Biyah for extra revenue.