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Times of India
More often than not, love triangles tread the beaten path. Guy loves girl but girl loves the other guy; that kind of a thing. So when you go looking for something new in Gulmohar, you’re disappointed.
But Gulmohar is set in the post-independence India, circa the Indo-China war, and has ample twists to keep you hopeful of something different happening on screen. Alas, there’s nothing that we haven’t seen before.
Subhan and Sai are childhood sweethearts while Sumedh is the ‘other guy’ in the equation. Subhan expresses his love to Sai but it happens at such a time that there’s bound to be heartbreak. The young man has been enlisted in the army and gets a calls to join at the earliest. He leaves without informing Sai and soon, news of his martyrdom comes in. This puts the otherwise bubbly Sai in shock. Enter Sumedh, who has just completed his studies abroad and wants to start a textile mill back home. Sumedh is appalled by the turn of events and in order to support Sai, proposes to marry her. But does Sai stay happy after marriage? And is Subhan really no more?
There are two major problems with this movie. Firstly, it takes ages to develop the premise. And secondly, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to predict what’s to happen later. Bhushan, Mrunmayee and Chaitanya deliver honest performances but that’s not enough to salvage the film. Also, more attention to detail could’ve been given to establish the said period in the film.
In simple words, Gulmohar is a raw version of Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam that ends the way most eternal love stories do. Plus, the film is so stretched that it feels like being trapped in a black hole.