Abhimanyu Dasani & Gulshan Devaiah: “Monica O My Darling” has been released on the streaming giant Netflix and well, let’s just say that the film is astonishingly funny and gets a lot of moments right, given it adapted from the Japanese Novel titled “Brutus’s Heart”.
Given the comedy that happens in the wake of murders that keep happening to a Robotics Company called Unicorn, the writer, and director Vasan Bala has done a tremendous job in giving us enjoyable and witty content, as he’s always done.
If you’re not aware of Vasan’s previous work, he’s done a couple of short films but his major break was the 2018 film “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota” and if you’re a fan of Vasan and have watched the aforementioned movie, you might be aware of the cameos that happen in the film. Here’s the list of cameos, for your information.
Vasan Bala has taken his two lead characters i.e., Abhimanyu Dasani & Radhika Madan, and put them in the film for a short duration, Abhimanyu, who played the role of Surya in “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota” did a cameo where he’s crying seeing the death news of Monica on the TV gulping down water whereas Radhika who played Supri in “Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota” played a girl called Supri who has come to Khandala’s forest to spot Leopards and instead finds the body of Nishikant played by Sikandar Kher.
Other than these two, there’s a notable cameo of Gulshan Devaiah as well but surprisingly, he’s not in the movie but comes first in the special thanks section when the credits start to roll. Interestingly, Gulshan Devaiah, in a press event also told that he’s mentioned in the special thanks section but he isn’t part of the movie and says that maybe Vasan Bala, the director thinks Gulshan is too special and included him in the movie or maybe it’s some kind of inside joke and we all know how witty Vasan Bala can be, by looking at his movies.
Now that we’ve come across the humorous side of the Vasan Bala, there are some other cameos or references that were gone in a split second but we were able to capture that. When Jayant towards the end of the film is penitent and is drafting an email to his wife Nikki and father-in-law about his deeds, he gets a call from Shalu who is roaming in front of her house and there’s a bulletin or a tenants list titled “B.D Inamdar Staff Quarters” which says “Thank you for pausing to read the names” and the names will get you pumped because these are not ordinary names in the history of Indian cinema.
1). Singeetam Srinivasa Rao (Indian Film Director: Notable Film is Pushpak Vimaan)
2). Sriram Raghavan (Indian Film Director: Notable Films are Andhadhun, Badlapur)
3). Vishal Bhardwaj (Indian Film Director: Notable Films are Omkara, Patakha, Kaminey, Haider)
4). Sai Paranjpee (Indian Film Director: Notable Films are Chashme Buddoor, Katha, Sparsh)
5). Pankaj Advani (Indian Film Director: Notable Films are Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa)
6). Abbas Mastan (Indian Film Director Duo: Notable Films are Baazigar, Race)
7). P.T Anderson (American Film Director: Notable Films are Licorice Piza, There Will Be Blood)
8). Anurag Kashyap (Indian Film Director: Notable Films are Black Friday, Raman Raghav 2.0)
9). Vijay Anand (Indian Film Director: Notable Films are Guide, Jewel Thief)
10). Guru D. (Short for Guru Dutt who was famous for his films like Pyaasa, and Kaagaz Ke Phool)
11). Q. Tino (Short for Quentin Tarantino who is famous for his films like Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2)
There are the total references or cameos that we could catch from the movie. If you spotted anything other than this, please feel free to comment.