|Directed by||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Written by||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Narrated by||Irrfan Khan|
|Music by||Sohail Sen
Background Score: Julius Packiam
Sholay gave us Jai and Veeru, Jai and Veeru gave us Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. Andaz Apna Apna gave us Amar and Prem, Amar and Prem gave us Aamir Khan and Salman Khan.
Bromance is quite a killer thing in Bollywood and we didn’t have much of it in the recent past. Ego issues and solo films: Probable reasons? Maybe!
The good thing about Gunday is the “bromance,” as it somehow manages to stand out. The chemistry between Priyanka and Ranveer or Priyanka and Arjun is easily opaque, specially after watching and feeling the chemistry and the bond between Bikram and Bala, or I’d say Ranveer and Arjun!
Their real life equation comes handy. But for me, the true Bikram and Bala were the kids. Darshan Gurjar and Jayesh V. Kardak were there for the first 20 minutes I guess but they added weight to the film and the beginning seemed interesting. As Bikram and Bala grew up, their characters started losing the touch. Ranveer Singh does a decent job but after Lootera and Ram Leela, his performance in Gunday disappoints a bit. (Not his fault, I’m sure he was told to ham so much)
Whereas, Arjun Kapoor disappoints a zillion times more because he was the novel factor of Ishaqzaade and Aurangzeb. He stuck to his Parma tone and at times, it really became irritating. He finally proved his worth during the emotional and silent scene where Bala realises that he misinterpreted his best bud, Bikram.
Priyanka Chopra is brisk-full but sadly, her character is not that strong and after playing Meghna Mathur and Jhilmil Chatterjee, Nandita Sengupta’s character won’t create that memorable impact.
Irrfan Khan is the only actor who is true to his character even though his character is not intimately written. It is just his charm that works. He proves it time and again, give him anything and he’ll make it gold.
Saurabh Shukla also proves his worth as a veteran actor and is decent enough. Pankaj Tripathi doesn’t have much to do but he leaves a spark. His small cameo showed his versatility, specially after Fukrey.
Story and the screenplay, both are raw and there is nothing new. It is predictable and we have seen it all. Plus the love story, it was questionable for me. How can they fall for a woman, like that? And so much so that they are ready to kill each other, just for that woman? A bit dicey!
Films like Kaala Pathar and Deewar, they had similar structure but they made sense. They didn’t have cheesy dialogues like:
“Rum? Ab Dekh Dum.”
Even Salman Khan has stopped showcasing the unreal action. The action was REALLY disappointing. Ali Abbas Zafar disappoints. The cinematography is splendid and Aseem Mishra does an impressive job.
The music and the background score, along with Ranveer and Arjun’s chemistry together and the child artists: These are the only things that make Gunday watchable. It’s not a disastrous film but it’s certainly not a masterpiece!
It is already a hit, those who haven’t seen it yet, go and watch it for the feeling, the retro feeling.