Some subjects in Hindi cinema never go out of fashion. You can check Google Trends and see the chart – the top 5 film genres would be love stories, comedy, never-seen-before-do-not-try-at-home action, drama and of course, friendship.
That’s what the all-time blockbuster Sholay (1975) was all about (with Jai and Veeru) and many such memorable hits like Yaarana (1981, ft. Amjad Khan with Amitabh Bachchan), Dostana (1980 ft. Big B and many years later ft. his son in 2008).
It’s only in the first decade of the 21st century we welcomed a series of flicks with friend trios like; Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Masti (2004), Nayee Padosan (2003) and more recently, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011).
With all of these films becoming so popular and so successful, the formula was extended following ‘more the merrier’ with the Golmaal series (by Rohit Shetty 2006, 2008, 2010), Rang De Basanti (2006), which churned even bigger Box Office numbers.
|Kala Patthar meets Dostana (1979, 1980 - both starring Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughna Sinha).|
|Both machismos deliver their one of better performances; Irrfan is into his regular character while the heroine is in an obediently supportive role.|
|Ali gives good treatment to the mediocre story particularly with a power-packed second half.|
|The production team score at many levels, from art direction to cinematography and editing.|
|Ali chooses Sohail Sen one more time and he doesn’t disappoint giving a good compositions.|
|An excellent star cast with decent direction and very good performances, but all on an age-old story. Review Scores by Saurin Shah.|
Gunday is made to cash in the same advantage, so expect to see a lot of fun in the beginning with a Bromance and later the entry of a girl of desire and romance gradually moving to dispute, amity turning into enmity and a later realisation.
With all that, we have the beautiful and always interesting backdrop of the east of India, Bengal and the flavours of Kolkata. Also being based in the 70’s, you have the Mafia dealing in coal (and not drugs) and a dance bar with Cabaret and Burlesque. All this with a much needed twist and some suspense.
With the end of the 1971 war in the Indian subcontinent, the world witnesses the phenomena of a new nation being born – Bangladesh – and two kids seek refuge in India like thousands of others. This plot quickly fades away as the movie progresses and it has literally no connection with the story as we see.
So the daring duo grow up to establish an empire of ‘2-number ke dhandhe’ or the black market and are unmistakably generous messiahs among the public.
Their one-track life takes a sharp turn to divert on the highway of love when they meet Nandita – a popular cabaret queen. How they try to win her love at the same time with their friendship at stake with ace cop Satya chasing them is the story to watch out for.
With a story that we’ve munched so many times, the director had to add some differentiating elements to make it a film of 2014 and surprise us as we expect. However, Ali stresses more on execution and brings out some of the best performances out of Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor.
The dialogues, melodrama sequence and even action is of top-notch quality and you will enjoy the movie in parts. The first half is a bit loose and uninteresting as we just watch it progressing so predictably, but post interval it picks up a good pace and flow.
Ranveer and Arjun perfectly portray the characterisation of Bikram-Bala with the former more mature and strong while the latter is immature and gullible. As is evident, both have worked hard in the gym but the masculine physique doesn’t become the only USP as their acting takes over.
Irrfan Khan makes the movie more thrilling but we have seen him giving much better performances. One wonders why on earth Priyanka Chopra still accepts such roles like Agneepath (2011) and Krrish 3 (2013) after a memorable performance in Barfi! (2012) where she is no more than a supporting element with some songs and dances to her credit.
The music had to have some retro elements and Sohail Sen produces some popular chartbusters like ‘Jashne Ishqa’ and ‘Tune Maari Entriya’. But the better songs are the ones less publicised like the title ‘Koyle ki khano se’ and ‘Jeeyaa’.
Ranveer already enjoys immense popularity among the youth and delivers yet another hit ably paralleled by Arjun. With the songs so popular and Irrfan bringing in an interesting angle to the story, Gunday is a nice film to watch over the weekend but the average story makes it a little less exciting.