For the first time in 40 years, it’s as if the Jai-Veeru ishtyle bromance has been brought back on screen. Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh play the roles of the lovable bandits Bala and Bikram to perfection. Bollywood Celebden presents Gunday review.
The story is set in the 1970s, in the backdrop of the Indo-Pak war of 1971; over the liberation of Bangladesh. The plot follows the lives of two orphans Bala and Bikram (played by Arjun and Ranveer respectively), who are caught up in the chaos that ensued post-war. The two are inseparable friends who come to West Bengal and grow up into the hunky adults that we saw in the trailer. The loop-hole perhaps is how two orphans became the hunky dudes with the chiseled bodies. Nevertheless, it is something that adds that element of ‘larger than life’ to it.
The two become coal thieves and are like the ‘good-goons’ in Kolkata; being well known and loved for their solidarity and camaraderie. They become the most influential Gunday in Kolkata.
Enter Nandita- the cabaret dancer played by Priyanka Chopra- who dances her way into their lives. The two fall in love with her and then a little healthy rivalry sets in; with comic moments ensuing. Right then, enter ACP Satyajeet Sarkar (played by none other than Irrfan Khan, who handles it with elan). How Bikram and Bala stick through all this forms the rest of the plot.
The everlasting friendship and the energetic bromance between the two, the light dash of romance and the dhansu dialogues and not to forget the high octane action- Gunday has everything in the right amount. The helmer Ali Abbas Zafar has outdone himself in his second directorial venture (if you compare his first film Mere Brother Ki Dulhan to this). The pace of the movie is perfect and the climax will leave everyone astounded.
The USP of the film is again, the bromance between the lead characters; something that is handled perfectly by the two actors. The two characters are completely different and yet the bond between them is unbreakable. Ranveer Singh has performed better than his performance in Ram Leela (which was his best so far) and Arjun Kapoor (who is appearing in a film for the second time) has set the bar higher up for himself. Their energy levels in the film are at an all time high. The other actors- Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan also did their part; though Priyanka seems more like a love interest than anything else. Irrfan plays this uber-cop who can even scare the audiences.
Sohail Sen’s music in the film is apt and songs like Tune Maari Entriyaan are peppy and foot-tapping.
Verdict: Watch the film for the bromance and the action.