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Gurgaon Review: Realistic Set Pieces and Some Fine Acting Breathe New Life into a Dark Old Story

Planning to watch #Gurgaon this weekend? Catch our live tweet review first.

Shantanu David | News18.com

Updated:August 5, 2017, 2:43 PM IST
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Gurgaon Review: Realistic Set Pieces and Some Fine Acting Breathe New Life into a Dark Old Story
Planning to watch #Gurgaon this weekend? Catch our live tweet review first.
Gurgaon is the directorial debut of National Award-winning film director Shanker Raman and has already created a significant buzz despite not having an A-list star cast. The neo noir film is set against the backdrop of Gurgaon and serves as a metaphor for the chimerical city with its unprecedented growth story and the cost of that sudden prosperity and progress.

Anchored around Pankaj Tripathi, who has become known for his terrific character roles in both independent and big-studio cinemas, Gurgaon is based on Kehri Singh and his troubled family. Singh is a canny real estate developer who has made his fortune but now is mostly lost in a haze of alcohol, while his older son Nikki (Akshay Oberoi) nurses a deep grudge against Preet (Ragini Khanna), his younger sister and the apple of their father's eye.

In an interesting twist, it is Preet who is the favourite of her father, who even named his business after her and considers her to be a lucky charm for business. All of this gnaws at an increasingly sidelined Nikki, while the family matriarch Karma Devi (Shalini Vatsa) is a helpless spectator to the breakdown of her family.

The excess and the unease that comes to define the Singh family's lives and the deepening of those fault lines run parallel to the city they live in. This should hopefully make for a riveting watch.



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