Review: Gunday

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With a title design very similar to the all-time classic Sholay, comes Gunday, a tale of two childhood friends, Bikram and Bala who grow up to become the all-conquering players of Calcutta’s black market in the 1970s. They start off early as smalltime coal thieves and soon make a firm imprint on the city. Where there are crooks plying their trade, the cops can’t be far away and Irrfan Khan plays the cop who is on their trail and also narrates their tale.

The romance angle in the movie is provided by Priyanka Chopra (as Nandita), who plays a cabaret dancer and floors both the guys in one shot. Stories where love plays the spoilsport between two close friends are dime a dozen, and Gunday also traverses a similar path.

The biggest issue with the movie is its predictability, after the entry of Priyanka Chopra in the lives of the two guys. After a great start, where Bikram and Bala are introduced as young kids with a lot of style, attitude and pride, the movie struggles to keep up to that level and goes through quite a lot of crests and troughs. Towards the end, the pace and interest again pick up and the movie ends on a fair note.

Both the young men have invested their heart and soul and turn in energetic performances. They are all style, swagger and seem to have enjoyed playing such extravagant characters. Ranveer Singh has it in him to go to the next level as a viable superstar. He emotes well, is agile in the stunts and dances and carries the dynamism which can attract the masses. Not to forget, his great popularity among young girls thanks to his buffed-up beefcakes and flowing mane.

Arjun Kapoor shines in the scenes when he exhibits villainy, where his wicked laughs serve him well. The work that he has done on his physique is apparent but you get the feeling that he is straining himself while running and enacting the stunts and dances. With an effortless performer like Ranveer by his side in all these scenes, the difference seems obvious.

Gunday is bound to work with the mass audiences who come expecting a good masala entertainer where there is friendship, betrayal, love, action, good songs and attractive visuals. With such a star cast, if only the story had some surprise elements in store, the experience would have been wholesome.