Gunday is a 2014 Indian action crime thriller film written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra. The film's story is based on the lives of two small time thieves who later get involved in the coal mafia.Wikipedia
Gunday isn't unwatchable, but it's certainly a case of potential squandered. The film has an authentic look and feel of 70s Calcutta, some robust cinematography, and a few good tunes. It's also got two live-wire leading men whose on-screen chemistry sadly isn't mined for enough laughs. Watching it is a lot like eating the same thing for dinner four times in a week.
‘Gunday’ is as generic as its name suggests: even that old phrase ‘luchchhe- lafangey’ had more character. In the name of plot, we get a mash-up of many popular blockbusters, several of them belonging to Yashraj, the producers of this one. In the name of acting, we get pumped up beefcake and one number plumped-lip eye candy. There are a few solid supporting acts, and they are the ones that keep you watching, but they get buried in the sludge. What you get is what you’ve been getting. Over and over again.
Director Ali Abbas Zafar has directed a monstrous film, one with a repellent 70s-set storyline that makes no sense whatsoever, and a cast who should all hang their heads and offer up a minute’s silence for assaulting their respective filmographies.
For all its swagger and insolence, the script is full of silly loopholes, annoying clichés and glaring superficiality.No matter how hard director Zafar tries to create an action hero that speaks Amitabh Bachchan/Anil Kapoor/Raaj Kumar, he fails to substantiate it with charisma that goes beyond surface value.
The story is both implausible and clumsy but sheer attitude - or tevar as we are reminded repeatedly - pulls it together. It’s the second half, when Bikram and Bala are at each other’s throats, that the film loses its spell. The narrative momentum is broken by unnecessary songs and a prolonged Bikram-Bala fight, in which Zafar succumbs to the Salman Khan rule - eventually shirts come off and well-oiled chests hurl against each other.
Gunday is a few notches short of a one-time watch. You have to be a die-hard fan of either Priyanka Chopra or Ranveer Singh to enjoy this film.
It really is difficult to keep a two-and-a-half-hour film from losing its wheels when its engine room is bereft of the propellant of genuine inspiration.Gunday is like the dusty minefields it is set in. Its loud explosions deliver loads of coal, but no trace of any diamonds.It is certainly not the ideal date film on this Valentine’s Day weekend.
Gunday's heart is in the right place but the plot gets overwhelmed by its own voluptuousness, its slick torsos and slow-motion slaps, its extended Durga Puja which leaves it lost between Calcutta's cabarets and Dhanbad's dark mines.
The film works as a half-hearted attempt at re-creating cinema of the past, but the temptation to sanitise that raw anger is what spoils it for “Gunday”.
There are some poignant moments in the friendship between the two heroes - and that's the crux of the film. This is what you call in movie terminology a guy's film - loads of action, attitude and masala. Abbas is superb when it comes to projecting heroism of his lead protagonists.
Gunday is an entertaining film. It's old wine in a new bottle and it tastes awesome! Not sure if it's a perfect film to watch on Valentines Day but let me assure you that you won't regret paying for the ticket of this film. It's packed with action, emotions, friendship, drama and some terrific performances.
Gunday gets hammy on multiple occasions and in over 2 and half hours of its run time, it fails to swell to the height that was expected of it. It is only Ranveer-Arjun’s easy chemistry, a spirited effort of not resorting to remakes and Irrfan Khan’s subtle rendering of the astute cop that works for me here. Gunday rocks for not resorting commercial crassy mores. It is no Sholay but it is just as over-the-top as any 70s’ caper. Now it is up to you to classify it as good or bad. For me the film is a 3.5/5 for its fervor for all it accomplishes and a hope that it will open up avenues for more of such sprightly writings.
The film is well-mounted and the production design is lavish though not necessarily real. The Calcutta setting is eye-catching and the cinematography is excellent. The climax captured in the coal mines of Dhanbad is powerful. Overall a story that you have seen in the countless films of the 70s is glossily packaged for the 2014 consumer/viewer.
It helps that in the midst of all the intense action and drama, Gunday doesn't take itself too seriously. It's unpretentious in its aim to appease at all costs and be an entertainer with doses of action, drama, romance, humour and yes, bromance.
GUNDAY has a credible story to tell, is packed with unexpected twists that keep you on the edge and offers entertainment in large doses. This racy, gripping masala fare is sure to hit the pot of gold at the box-office!
It attempts to pay a tribute to vintage films right from Sholay, Kaala Pathaar, Deewar and there’s also Mr. India playing in a theatre where a fight sequence is choreographed (the only admirable scene). The rest is so very mind numbing and the finale which has a Salman type lets-take off-our-shirts-and fight is in super slow motion. Actually a lot of the film is in slo-mo, had it been shot it normal speed, the duration would reduce considerably.
Audience Reviews for Gunday
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Bhaag Gunday bhaag
Gunday is a story about two childhood friends (Bikram and Bala played by Ranveer and Arjun respectively) who grow-up during the 70s. Out of extreme poverty, they adopt illegal practices of selling coal and becoming successful coal and other commodities' illegal trading mafia in Calcutta.
Newly appointed ACP played by Irfaan Khan has been given the task to put these two 'Gundays' behind bars.Then the movie takes a new turn with both mafias falling in love with a local cabaret dancer - Nandita played by Priyanka which leads to a separation and enemity between the two friends.
Frankly speaking, the movie is not able to take any particular direction. After watching the film you will wonder what exactly the movie wanted to portray?
60% of the movie show Ranveer and Arjun running together to beat up other mafias or to jump on coal wagons or running against each other to fight among themseleves. They do not speak a word of Bengali, rather Ranveer has that Gujrati accent (too much after effect of Ramleela) and does not miss showing off his abs.
Arjun does not miss any opportunity to give wicked smiles. Priyanka looks extremely beautiful but when you see the entire movie, you will agree that her character is quite over the top but please! do not try to find any logic as you will be only wasting your time on that.
Irfaan plays his part well as usual but after watching him in 'the lunchbox' and 'Paan Singh Tomar' , I want to know why he wanted to play this supporting role?
Director tries to put forward a story which is full of Bollywood masala and melodrama. One needs a lot of patience to watch the movie especially, the second half.
All in all the movie neither gets deep into the story of illegal trading nor it explores how the two illiterate mafias build an empire and exercise so much of muscle power.
Alas! Sorry to say,few good songs and dhishum dhishum does not echo any 'ghantiyaan' in my heart!