Though it may not exactly be a date-movie for Valentine’s Day, Gunday is worth your buck, a racy entertainer with loads of action, bromance, romance and thrills. Right from the first scene to the end, the movie albeit predictable, works on pure style, sensuality and machismo.
Story of Gunday
The story starts with two 12 year boys, thick friends, who stand up for each other. The 1971 war which leads to the creation of Bangladesh, creates among many, two aimless orphans, who are ridiculed, thrashed around and shooed away for being traitors. These two innocent boys decide to fight the society that labels them as ‘refugees’. Not satisfied with being passed over, ragged and ridiculed, they decide to take fate in their own hands. What starts as a brainwave to create their own financial destiny among the coal mines; make them an invincible force to reckon with. As adults, the duo are feared and respected in equal measure. Clearly, the law is not pleased by such developments and decides to hatch a plan to book them. Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala(Arjun Kapoor) fall in love with a cabaret dancer Nandita (Priyanka Chopra) who plays spoilsport in their bromance. The misunderstanding that develops between the two best friends turns ugly. To add to their woes, the police headed by Irrfan Khan, are hot on their heels and make the best of the situation to nab them. Will the duo really play to the hands of the law or give them the slip once again?
Plus Points of Gunday
The movie is technically superior than most of the fare, we have seen in quite some time. Almost all elements of film-making fall into place. Though the script is predictable, it turns out to be really engaging because of fantastic direction. Take a bow, Ali Abbas Zafar, he ensures that he leaves no stone unturned to make the movie, a definite watch. This is really a formula film, a time-tested one, which works really well because of exceptional treatment. The cinematography is brilliant; you are thrown back into the period of 80s, with striking use of colors and hues. The editing is crisp and the action sequences gripping without getting too violent. The icing on the cake is the ‘Tuney Maari Entriyaan’ song that is no-short of captivating.
Minus points of Gunday
You can guess the twist from a mile, which may prove to be a stumble. A few sequences tend to be repetitive, especially, the ones immediately after interval. But other than that, the movie is one testosterone-powered masala entertainer with sugar-coated sensuality.
Performances in the film
Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor hit the perfect pitch, they are truly brilliant and the bromance evidently looks more real than reel. Priyanka Chopra never looked better, she manages to be a scene-stealer in a few sequences, especially the comic ones and during a confrontational scene with Arjun Kapoor. Ranveer Singh is the most watchable of the cast, exuding masculinity in the physical form and attitude. Irrfan Khan is understated and does a remarkable job in a few scenes that he gets. The child artistes, Bikram [Darshan Gujar] and Bala [Jayesh Kardak] set the tempo rolling with their infectious performances. Hats off to the casting team who took pains to get the child-artistes ‘look believable’ as the childhood avatars of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.
Gunday is a movie that is easily the most impactful of movies released in quite a while. Watch this old wine in a new bottle, which tastes just as stimulating.
– 4/5 (Very Good)