When they ran to save their lives for the first time, they were mere 12-year-old boys, and the world called them ‘refugees’. The war of 1971 gave birth to a new country – Bangladesh. It also gave birth to two young orphans – Bikram and Bala. They witnessed the war and its aftermath, where the world tried to trample over them....more
When they ran to save their lives for the first time, they were mere 12-year-old boys, and the world called them ‘refugees’. The war of 1971 gave birth to a new country – Bangladesh. It also gave birth to two young orphans – Bikram and Bala. They witnessed the war and its aftermath, where the world tried to trample over them. Fighting for survival, they clung to each other and escaped to Calcutta. Before they knew the world, they knew each other. Such was their bond, such was their friendship. Each time they sought new beginnings, each time they would rise, the world would crush them down. So, they fought again… and again. Together they were unbeatable. They were unstoppable. They were inseparable. In the years that passed, Bikram and Bala, became Calcutta’s most loved, most celebrated, most reckless, most fearless and most powerful GUNDAY! less
“Gunday is a lengthy masala film with predictable plotting and heavy-handed styling. A one time watch only for the chemistry between the gundas - Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. ”
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Set in the 70's and 80's, Gunday is the story of two childhood friends, Bikram (Ranveer) and Bala (Arjun), who meet in the refugee camp in Bangladesh and grow up on weapons smuggling and coal thievery. Their ulimate goal in life is to get the tag of the refugee removed from their names. With lady luck on their side, they manage to bring the entire Kolkata under their control. Everything seems hunky dory, until love strikes them and it doesn't help that both of them are smitten over the same lady, the sexy cabaret dancer Nandita (Priyanka). Will this create a rift between the lifelong friends? Will Bikram and Bala manage to evade the traps set by Satyajit Sarkar (Irfaan Khan) who is waiting patiently to go for the kill? These questions form the storyline of Gunday.
To start with, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor star in the latest Yash Raj Production `Gunday` and they try pull it off in a typical masala style Bollywood movie. The movie has everything the 80's bollywood had, bromance, romance, revenge, friends turning foes turning friends again in climax, and acts as a tribute to the bromance of the yore displayed by Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrugan Sinha and Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna.In short, all the 'sholay' to light up a Bollywood bonfire. What Gunday does not have is soul and enough glue to keep the moviegoer going through the length of the movie.
There is a basic problem with the whole thing; when you are making a movie based on an era, it shouldn`t mean that you leave holes in the plot much like the action classics of the yore. While one may have chosen to ignore all the dramatic twists of an Amitabh or Mithun starrer, the audience now is a lot smarter and wants more from their investment of money and time. Forget Jai-Veeru (Sholay), Bikram-Bala doesn't even match up to the likes of Nawab-Baba (Aatish).
The plot distractedly rushes in several directions - refugee angst, ration cards, the system's rot, gang wars, bromance, romance, broken bromance - while Calcutta appears like a Wild West of the east, fringed by Chambal-like landscapes through which goods trains sway, gundas bashing each other to coal dust atop.
The movie is also predictable, and really slows down in the middle. The pace of the action too is a little too slow and at times even tacky in the age of fast paced thrillers. The twists and turns of the movie are all expected and so foolishly placed that they are are a no brainer once you see the first 30 mins.
As for the performances, Both Ranveer and Arjun as Bikram and Bala respectively look really hot, with rippling muscular machoism oozing out in each of their scenes. While Arjun Kapoor gets the tone of his mercurial character and plays it with equal measure of ferocity and helplessness, Ranveer Singh appears to have modelled Bikram around The SRK's Oh Darling Yeh hai India and Salman's Hello Brother character. The actor goes from spectacularly subdued to hysterical and hamming within a span of seconds. Priyanka Chopra as Nandita is sizzling in most scenes, especially in one of the scenes where she puts up the Sridevi act from `Mr. India`s `Kaate Nahi Kat te...`. She exudes unflinching glamour and pluck, in burlesque costumes and Dhaka saris, only to be dumbed down into a namby-pamby. Irrfan Khan is formidable in his role as Satyajit Sarkar, but that`s stating the obvious. Irrfan has the best one liners in the movie like "Pistol ki goli aur laundiya ki boli jab chalti hai ... toh jaan dono mein hi khatre mein hoti hai", which are really reminiscent of old Hindi movies..Saurabh Shukla as Kali Kaka has a small but convincing role.
Music wise Tune Maari Entriyan which is on top of the charts loses its zing when watched along with the movie's narrative. You do have Asalame Ishq and Jiya which are also good on the ears. The guitar used in the background score should be refurbished due to excessive use.
Ali Abbas Zafar's directorial venture has the right packaging, but the material used is far from fresh. The duration of the film (2.5 hours) also tests your patience after a point, the film could easily have been crisper as the climax seems to be dragging for ever. His last release `Mere Brother ki Dulhan` received only a lukewarm response and he makes a good attempt at action drama. But the attempt has not converted into a compelling watch.
Final Words - It is great for those who love the romance, and the melodrama along with the action. The younger generation will definitely enjoy the movie as was evident from the hooting and clapping in the theatre.