Gujjubhai the Great

Gujjubhai The Great (Gujarati: ગુજ્જુભાઈ ધ ગ્રેટ) is a 2015 Gujarati comedy film directed by Ishaan Randeria. It is presented by Nakshatra Entertainment and produced by Devendra N. Patel in association with Siddharth Randeria Productions. The film is a comedy drama based on the super-hit franchise of Gujjubhai stage-plays. The film stars Siddharth Randeria, Jimit Trivedi, Swati Shah, Dipna Patel, Alekh Sangal, Sunil Vishrani, Khatera Hakimi and Dharmesh Vyas. The film released on 18 September.[4][5][6]

Gujjubhai The Great
Official poster
Directed byIshaan Randeria[1]
Produced byDevendra N. Patel
in association with Siddharth Randeria Productions
Written byIshaan Randeria
StarringSiddharth Randeria
Jimit Trivedi
Swati Shah
Dipna Patel
Alekh Sangal
Sunil Vishrani
Annapurna Shukla
Khatera Hakimi
Dharmesh Vyas [2]
Music byParth Bharat Thakkar
Advait Nemlekar
CinematographyHimanshu Dubey
Edited byTushar Parekh
Distributed byPVR Pictures
Release date
  • 18 September 2015 (2015-09-18)
Running time
145 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageGujarati
Box office 15 crore[3]

Cast

  • Siddharth Randeria as Hasmukh Gandhi
  • Swati Shah as Pramila Gandhi
  • Dipna Patel as Tanisha Gandhi
  • Jimit Trivedi as Bakul Buch
  • Alekh Sangal as Montu
  • Falguni Rajani as Laila
  • Sunil Vishrani as Inspector Aakash Jhala
  • Khatera Hakimi as Soniya Kapoor
  • Dharmesh Vyas as Bade Bhai

Plot

The film begins with an opening shot of the Gandhi residence before the film rewinds to introduce the characters. Hasmukh Gandhi is a happy go lucky man. But his stress-free life is interrupted when his daughter, Tanisha comes home with her boyfriend, Montu. Tanisha was a die hard fan of Superstar Sonia Kapoor, and Montu promised her that he knows Sonia Kapoor well and will once take her to meet Sonia. Montu went to Ahmedabad on a challenge that he can get any girl. He offered Gandhi a partnership in his upcoming project, which was rejected by Gandhi, as he knew Montu had malicious intentions. The Gandhi family, however, fell for Montu's charm. Not wanting his daughter to be entrapped, Hasmukh finds Bakul Booch as the perfect boy for Tanisha. Bakul is Hasmakh's manager in his office. He and Tanisha were childhood friends. When Hasmukh revealed his plan of getting Bakul married to Tanisha, Bakul denied and said he was not a perfect match and was very shy as against Tanisha. Hasmukh takes it upon himself to transform Bakul into a cool 'gujju'. He plans to create a fake relationship of Bakul with superstar Sonia Kapoor. Tanisha was a die hard fan of Sonia.

In the interim, Hasmukh meets Laila in a meeting, who realises that Hasmukh was a rich man and thus she plans to trap Hasmukh by asking him to give money in order to get rid of her. Hasmukh's wife was unaware about Laila's blackmailing.

Hasmukh and Bakul meet Sonia in a hotel after fooling her bodyguard and take pictures and videos with her and Bakul. Bakul was disguised as a blind patient and Hasmukh disguises him as a doctor of a Foundation. These pictures and videos become viral and Tanisha gets impressed with Bakul. She slowly started falling in love with Bakul. Montu comes to know about his plan and decides to expose Bakul to Tanisha. Tanisha requests Bakul to help her meet Sonia Kapoor, but he becomes hesitant. Montu plans to expose Bakul and takes the entire family to Sonia's shooting place. Sonia instantly recognises Bakul and greets him. When Montu tells Sonia that Bakul is a lier, she tells that she doesnt know Montu and never met her. Tanisha gets angry on Montu for lying her of knowing Sonia Kapoor. Meanwhile, the police suspect Hasmukh and Bakul to be wanted terrorists and follow their every move. However a mobster called Badebhai -who is the actress’ real boyfriend- finds out about this relationship, and thinking it's real, visits the Gandhi residence to kill Bakul. However the police seize the house and capture Badebhai, but Bakul gets injured when Badebhai shoots from his gun. He gets fed up of the entire family and asks policd to arrest him. Bakul gets taken away in an ambulance for treatment. The film ends with Tanisha and the rest of the Gandhi family visiting Bakul in hospital, Montu leaving Ahmedabad, and Badebhai in jail.[7]

Production

The film is based on the Gujarati stage play series, Gujjubhai starring Sidhharth Randeria. Ishaan Randeria, son of lead actor Siddharth, wrote the screenplay and directed the film which went into production for one and half year. Apara Mehta was approached for the role in 2014 but declined due to busy schedule.[8] They shot across Ahmedabad for 40 days including at heritage houses, Sabarmati Riverfront and Kankaria lake.[9]

Soundtrack

Gujjubhai The Great features songs sung by Divya Kumar, Parth Oza, Advait Nemlekar, Vibha Saraf, Ketan Singh, Mansheel Gujral, Shikha Jain. Music and Background Score for the film is composed by Parth Bharat Thakkar and additional music is by Advait Nemlekar. The soundtrack was launched on 31 August at Ahmedabad[10]

Gujjubhai The Great
Soundtrack album by
Parth Bharat Thakkar & Advait Nemlekar
Released31 August 2015 (2015-08-31)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length13:25
LabelJunglee Music
Tracklist
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Gujjubhai Jule Che"Niren BhattDivya Kumar3:15
2."Ek Biladi Jadi"Niren BhattParth Oza2:22
3."Feeling Avnavi"Niren BhattAdvait Nemlekar, Vibha Saraf4:30
4."I Dance Baby"Ishaan Randeria, Jaswant Singh Rathore.Advait Nemlekar, Ketan Singh, Mansheel Gujral, Shikha Jain3:18
Total length:13:25

Release

The official poster for the film was released on 18 August 2015.[11] The first trailer was released online on 25 August 2015 and was received positively by the audiences. The film released on 18 September in Gujarat, Mumbai, and Pune.[12] Seeing the positive response in the first week, the film was released in Delhi, Gurgaon, Udaipur, Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Indore, Bangalore, Nagpur, and Kolkata.[13]

Reception

The film released to positive reviews. Mid Day said, "The film appeals to its target audience because it has everything they expect from Gujjubhai, and in spite of the crazy goings on, there is no overacting and very little slapstick."[14] DeshGujarat said, "Siddharth Randeria's Gujjubhai the great fully entertains with lots of laugh out loud moments throughout the film."[15]

Sequel

A sequel GujjuBhai - Most Wanted is released on February 23, 2018 starring Siddharth Randeria and Jimit Trivedi in lead roles and directed by same Ishaan Randeria.

References

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  3. "Gujarati Films to hit a century this year". 22 June 2016.
  4. "Siddharth Randeria planning a movie on Gujjubhai series". The Times of India. 30 July 2014.
  5. "'Gujjubhai- The Great' first look released". Chennai Patrika. 18 August 2015.
  6. "ગુજ્જુભાઈ ધ ગ્રેટ : નાટકની ધમાલ ફિલ્મના પડદા પર". Gujarat Samachar.
  7. BookMyShow. "Gujjubhai The Great (U)". BookMyShow. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  8. Shruti JambhekarShruti Jambhekar, TNN (4 August 2014). "Apara Mehta offered an interesting role in Gujjubhai movie". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  9. "It's showtime for Gujjubhai". Ahmedabad Mirror. 17 September 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.
  10. "GUJJUBHAI THE GREAT". Times Music.
  11. "'Gujjubhai – The Great' release date confirmed". Biz Asia. 8 September 2015.
  12. "Trailer of 'Gujjubhai – The Great' has been out". Bolly Vision. 27 August 2015.
  13. "Details". epaper.navgujaratsamay.com. Retrieved 27 September 2015.
  14. Deepa Gahlot (22 September 2015). "Gujju-Go-Round". Mid Day.
  15. Rupang Bhatt (18 September 2015). "Siddharth Randeria's Gujjubhai the Great entertains with lots of (LOL) moments". DeshGujarat.
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