Ganchi, the opium king of Gulaabganj, was very happy the day his son was born, and we saw how, in Guns & Gulaabs, he felt elated just knowing that he had an heir who would take care of his empire and carry the family name once he was gone. Ganchi made sure that Jugnu learned the tricks of the trade by making him a part of all the conversations, meetings, and transactions. Ganchi had high hopes for his son, but somewhere, he also knew that Jugnu didn’t have the kind of sensibilities that aligned with his own. But Ganchi overlooked that, and he had a false image of his son, and he didn’t want to believe that he was anything else apart from that.
Ganchi met with an accident, and he went into a coma just at that time when an important opium deal was signed with a Bengali gang. Ganchi had to deliver a huge amount of opium, and he was getting really paranoid as he knew that it was going to be a huge task. After Ganchi went into a coma, the reins came into Jugnu’s hands, and though he had people to assist him, he knew that he would have to take the initiative at some point in time. It was very clear that Jugnu wanted to do things his way, but somehow he felt burdened by the kind of expectations his father had of him. In a state of conflict, Jugnu always thought about what his father would have done in that situation, and he never really gave himself the freedom to act out his will. Jugnu decided that it was about time he took the mantle and showed everybody, especially his father, what he was capable of.
Things started getting out of hand when the rival group, led by Nabeed, came to know that Ganchi was hospitalized and that there was a huge probability that he wouldn’t make it out alive. SP Mishra, who had been a loyal friend up until then, also made a deal with Nabeed because, firstly, he didn’t like the way Jugnu treated him, and secondly, he realized that probably Ganchi wouldn’t be able to meet the demands. There was a conversation that Jugnu had with his men where we realized that the boy, surprisingly, even after coming from an extremely patriarchal society, didn’t have such misogynistic views about women. It was surprising because disrespecting women and not believing them to be worthy of anything came very naturally to them, but he was the sole heir of the opium empire stating that if women could run the country, then they could easily run an opium empire too. He detested his father for treating his own daughters like they were not worthy of anything. Ganchi desperately wanted a boy, and after Jugnu was born, he felt that there was nothing that could stop him. Jugnu felt so pressured to prove his worth to his father that he prayed that his father didn’t come out of the coma before he successfully completed the deal with Mr. Sukanto.
Jugnu did everything that his father would have done, and he did things out of his own understanding too, but nothing seemed to get him closer to his goal, and the deal seemed to be slipping through his hands. Jugnu wanted to resolve all issues that existed between his father and Nabeed, and he made a call to him so that they could reach a negotiation of sorts. Jugnu went to Sherpur, but he realized that Nabeed had absolutely no intention of reaching an amicable solution, and he not only disrespected Jugnu but told him that he had every intention of taking advantage of the absence of his father and would make sure that the Ganchi empire was turned to ashes.
Jugnu was disappointed, as he never found any sense in the rivalry, and he knew that if they worked together, they could make greater profits. Probably the superiority complex, which is an eccentric part of the male ego, was missing in Jugnu, and that is why he could clearly decipher what was rational and what was not. Jugnu eventually realized that SP Mishra had made a deal with Arjun Verma, and together they were planning to supply the opium to Sukanto directly. Jugnu lost his patience; he was done trying to fit into his father’s shoes, and there was an uncontrollable rage that was brewing inside him for a myriad of reasons.
Jugnu raided the warehouse where SP Mishra had stashed the opium, but he couldn’t find it there, as just moments before, Tipu had taken it all and escaped from there. Jugnu was frustrated, and he didn’t know what else he could do to make the deal happen. He accepted his defeat and realized that it was high time he stopped acting the way society wanted him to and, for once, was his authentic self without caring what others would think about him. The big reveal in Guns & Gulaabs comes at the very end, when Jugnu, clad in women’s clothes, enters the ICU where his father is kept. There was a strange concoction of determination, grit, and frenzied enthusiasm that was visible in his eyes. He suffocated his father with a pillow and killed him while saying that he should have done this long before. Imagine the plight and inner turmoil of an individual who realizes that in order to live freely, they would have to kill their own parents. We are nowhere near justifying what he did, but he had reached a point where he believed that it was the only option he had.
Probably Jugnu always identified as a woman, and all these years, he had suppressed his feelings because he knew that nobody around would understand it. His fight was against gender stereotypes, misogyny, and deep-rooted perceptions and stereotypes, and he knew that these people were never going to change. The problem was that they didn’t even realize that they held a misogynistic view, as, according to them, it was the most normal thing. Jugnu felt bad, but he could never even take a stance on things because he knew that people would judge him for that too. Jugnu had reached a stage where he didn’t care about anybody, and he was ready to take the bull by its horns. He was ready to put up a fight if it came to that. He was ready to show the world who he really was and what he could do. Obviously, the journey ahead won’t be easy for Jugnu. He would be ridiculed, his credibility would be questioned, and he would have to face those infinite prejudices that every woman faces almost on a daily basis.