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Dark comedies usually focus on quirky, mindless humour without any universally appealing themes, like love, kindness, and acceptance. But this is where Rathna Kumar’s Gulu Gulu stands out as it tries to infuse all these in a comedy of errors. The core idea and the intention is fair enough, but does it all stick together?

Gulu Gulu revolves around the life of a nomad (Santhanam), who knows it all and has traveled a lot, gaining immense life experience in the process. He is the kind of guy who knows 13 languages and wouldn’t refuse if someone asks him for help. This is why he is rightly named as Google. But just like the search engine, he sometimes ends up giving wrong results, creating chaos. Gulu Gulu introduces us to several characters and how all their lives get entangled into one. Firstly, we see Matilda, who has come all the way from France to see her father at least once. Matilda’s stepbrothers are furious over her return and want to kill her. In parallel, a group of four friends hatch a plan to kidnap one among them in order to know if the kidnapped person’s dad really loves him. However, the plan goes wrong and they seek help from Google. As all these characters unite for a fun-filled ride, a few seek redemption, acceptance and peace.

Gulu Gulu is interesting when it comes to its writing. Every character in the story has its uniqueness and it looks like the story has been woven around them. This works for and against the film. The film is ambitious in terms of ideas, but it’s important to analyse if these evoke laughter on screen, especially with this being a dark humour film. It’s enjoyable in parts, but falls flat in several places as it desperately tries to balance emotion and humour.

As individual scenes, a few of them are really good, but as a film, they fail to appear as wholesome, and only make the script seem cluttered.

The most effective aspects of the film are Santhosh Narayanan’s background score and songs. They elevate the film to another level despite the underwhelming sequences in the second half. Santhanam’s performance as a nomad is quite impressive, and none of his traits resemble his previous works. His character arc is fresh and the audiences are made to travel with him. The scene in which he helps a woman on the street and later invites trouble for himself is superb and builds up for a perfect mass sequence.

Pradeep Rawat’s character as a menacing villain is powerful and he has done a decent job. The one-liners of Lollu Sabha Maaran and the performance of George Maryan, who plays one of the kidnappers, keeps the audience engaged here and there.

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