In the middle of the film, Chambal queen, phashion follower with clothes from Benice (she means Venice) and gun as her middle name, Alka Singh mouths the dialogue which defines her and the film – Muddai Lakh Bura Chahe to Kya Hota Hai, Wahi Hota Hai Jo Mazoor-e-Alka Singh Hota Hai. And that is how you find the action se bharpur ‘Revolver Rani’. Be prepared to see yet another bizarre (in a good way) avataar of the curly-haired actress. If you have heard of fearless Nadia and her films, this film and Kangna Ranaut comes close second, though we have some reservations about some things.
Alka Singh (Kangna Ranaut) is the bad ass gundi or chudail (as her competitors call her) and rules with the gun and her gundagardi. Call her a sophisticated version of a daaku, she lives by violence. Ballu mama (Piyush Mishra) is her baahubali. Her only opponents are local politico Udaybhan Singh or Bhanu Bhaiyya (Zakir Hussain), and his brothers Govind (Pankaj Saraswat) and Hari (Kumud Mishra) who are waiting for the right chance to put her down. And it comes, courtesy the ‘love of her life’ Rohan Kapoor (Vir Das), a wannabe actor. They kidnap him but trigger an even bigger bloody war. In the whole battle of gunmanship, a different Alka evolves and things go way beyond anyone’s control.
Right from the first scene to the titles and Kangna’s entry, Revolver Rani gets in most of the things right. The story engages you with its twists and turns. It has romance, action, sex, dirty villains, scheming friends, humour (very dark one) and the works. Rani drinks, spouts foul words, takes in a toy boy, dances around with him before pouncing on him to have sex, will take on anyone and is the ultimate mix of all the action heroes. Yet, she is vulnerable and will do anything for love and motherhood. Once you shift your eyes from Hari and Govind’s antics to kill the chudail Alka, you are amused with Pilot, who has a serious obsession for Michael Jackson and of course, Ballu mama’s attempts to keep things sane for Alka. Attention to minor detailing like the dialect from the Chambal area brings a different humour. What makes the fun factor sour is the lack of certain finesse between scenes. The slow start and abrupt jump to Alka and Rohan’s romance to way certain incidences take place is haphazard. Certain scenes are stretched, especially in the second half.
The film runs on Kangna Ranaut’s delicate shoulders. In Revolver Rani, she is the firebrand Rani who knows what she wants and how to get it. Kangna becomes Alka, right from the command over the local dialect to the attitude and showing her sensitive side with ease. You will have to pinch yourself to see a Kangna who was laughed at for her dialogue delivery to her bizarre sense of fashion and ‘don’t care a damn’ attitude. It works for her that she has great support from Piyush Mishra who plays her Ballu mama with ease. His brand of straight-faced humour leaves you laughing. The same cannot be said for Vir Das, whose opportunist character comes out as plain boring. The three stooges of villains, Zakir Hussain, Kumud Mishra and Pankaj Saraswat, can be loved and laughed at, for their attempt to be villainous. Each has played the character so OTT that it is brilliant. Zeeshan Quadri, last seen in Gangs of Wasseypur, does a decent job as pilot.
Music composer Sanjeev Srivastava can be called a find of the moment. The music is racy and rather out of the ordinary like the film. While the camera work and action suits the occasion, it is the editing which leaves you disappointed. If you are looking for a film with total Hindi film masala, then Revolver Rani is the perfect choice. Certain glitches might leave you discomforted, but you will come out mouthing ‘Yeh baat’.
Director: Sai Kabir
Actors: Kangna Ranaut, Vir Das, Piyush Mishra, Zakir Hussain, Kumud Mishra, Pankaj Saraswat, and Zeeshan Quadri.
Music: Sanjeev Srivastava
Lyrics: Shaheen Iqbal and Puneet Sharma