A screenshot of the Gullu app developed by Weirdscience
A screenshot of the Gullu app developed by Weirdscience

KARACHI: There is a handlebar-mustached thug in all of us – or so says local Android app developer Pawail Qaisar, the creator of a mindlessly addictive game centered around everyone’s current favourite, Shafeeq Gujjar aka Gullu Butt.

“Everyone is frustrated in one way or another,” Pawail says, in an email interview to Dawn.com. “There is a Gullu in all of us.”

While we are hoping Pawail is wrong about there being a vandal in all of us, the 10,000 downloads of his game ‘Gullu’ trumpet the appeal of the Gullu Butt phenomenon.

The first game released by Pawail’s Lahore-based company Weird Science, ‘Gullu’ was created just days after the baton-wielding hooligan became the hot subject of discussion in the National Assembly and on every television show.

The game allows a user to play Gullu Butt by smashing the windows of a parked car with the swipe at the screen. The aim is to collect as many shards of flying glass as possible.

While there is no movement or progression from one scene to another, the developers have incorporated the elements of the scene as it transpired on that fateful day in Lahore. The frame shows rows of blind policemen in riot gear standing in the background as Gullu Butt takes center stage and smashes the windows of the car with a stick. A tiny lion denoting the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N’s) evergreen mascot sits in one corner, staring at you without expression.

While the game is not without glitches – the lack of an ‘exit’ option for one – it is a good attempt by a new entrant considering the limited resources. The creators have also remarkably mimicked real-life Gullu Butt’s pre-strike position to the tee. Behold:

Pawail says he is a proponent of promoting Pakistan's culture and celebrating its heroes, which led him and a six-member team to create an exciting game with a local spin.

“By playing Gullu, people can at least vent part of their frustration in a comical way," he adds.

The app maker said that creating the app itself was a fun experience and the response has been overwhelming.

He says the team is currently working on the development of a FIFA World Cup app which is going to hit the Google Play Store and Apple App Store next week.

Another project in the pipeline is 'Namaloom Afraad', slated for release in a few weeks.

The Gullu fever

These memes and tweets speak for themselves.

This meme incorporated Gullu
This meme incorporated Gullu's app version
The incredible Gullu
The incredible Gullu
Gullu in DDLJ
Gullu in DDLJ
Gullu Theft Auto
Gullu Theft Auto
Gullu vs Titanic
Gullu vs Titanic
Gullu's own ride

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Comments (13) Closed

Capt C M Khan
Jun 27, 2014 02:25pm

I am not lying. In Japan there are shops where you go inside buy glass plates and break them on the wall. The more frustrated you are the more expensive plates you buy. There way of relieving frustration.

Jun 27, 2014 02:37pm

look at this.. a crook ,a thug becoming a hero ,a celebrity .

Jun 27, 2014 02:55pm

@Rizwan - Sarcasm on a villain and ridiculing him is not

Left is Right
Jun 27, 2014 02:59pm

Gullu is going places ! :)

Iqbal Khan
Jun 27, 2014 04:08pm

@Capt C M Khan you meant to say Gullu is a frustration-relief icon of Pakistan!

Kashif DXB
Jun 27, 2014 04:43pm

Games are complex piece of software and not every programer is born for this field. I am amazed to see the rapid adoption of this character in a mobile software.

Aslam Butt
Jun 27, 2014 05:34pm

Good agility by the programmer in bringing it out when the issue is still in the headlines.

Jun 27, 2014 06:24pm

Wow, this guy is comic gold. What's next? Oprah and his own reality show?

Jun 27, 2014 06:27pm

Shahbaz Sharif will most decidedly NOT be impressed.

Jun 27, 2014 09:25pm

I think he watched too many moula-jatt type of movies since his childhood. Can his parents confirm this please?

Jun 27, 2014 09:54pm

this Nation just loves thugs and criminals

Ali Khan
Jun 27, 2014 10:06pm

What an example our nation is setting now by creating app games based on these thugs. Instead of showing anger towards these thugs and raise voice against them, we are showing our young generation that if they want instant popularity, than become another Gullu Thug. total disgusting!!!

Jun 28, 2014 06:44am

To the app developer, please have a rose petal shower for Gullu by law enforcement after each sucessful act!