Celebrate Valentine's Day with Gunday! That's right. A perfect date chosen, director Ali Abbas Zafar shuns away from the clichÃ© Bollywood way of expressing love. Instead he tells a story of true friendship with a little element of love. Some unexpected twists in the story will keep you stuck to your seat as if you were sitting on fevicol. And your eyes glued to the screen, instead of your Valentine sitting next to you!
The film begins with the partition of Bangladesh, where two young lads - Vikram and Bala are set up in a military camp. They become gun peddlers at the camp and due to torture by the militant head; Bala accidently shoots the camp leader. They escape from the military camp and enter a train bringing them to Sealdha, Calcutta. Both of them work at a local hotel, but while narrating their future dreams they break some expensive tea-cups, hence losing their job! On realizing 'Jis koyla ne bhook mitayi hai, usi koyla bhook mitayengiâ€ they set out to become the coal kings of Calcutta. They steal coal from the biggest coal owner Dibakar dada's train and challenge his men; saying â€œJigar mein dum hai toh rok le aakeâ€. They fight till they win over the train filled with coal.
This is how the story of Vikram and Bala begins - the two gangsters of Calcutta whose friendship is something to vow for, but they are 'anghutha chap'. Inspector Satyajeet Sarkar (Irfan Khan) is roped in to capture these two gangsters. Vikram and Bala aka BB open a new dance bar and at the inauguration, they bump into Nandita (Priyanka Chopra) - a cabaret dancer by night and the most elegant woman in Calcutta during the day. They both fall in love with the beauty, making this a love triangle. Inspector Satyajeet has fun with the fall of events. Just when Nandita was about to declare her love, Bala shoots a man in the theatre and is sent away from Calcutta for his own safety. On hearing Vikram has become close to Nandita, Bala returns to take revenge. This revenge takes an ugly step affecting their childhood friendship because of the girl.
The second half reveals some unexpected twists - Nandita turns out to be a cop herself, making the script a strong one. When Vikram and Bala realize they are trapped, they remember their childhood friendship giving each other a hand. The film works because it has a different story and shuns away from the typical Bollywood love saga. Director Ali Abbas Zafar sticks to the narration of a story based on pure friendship. The entire film makes you feel like you're in the middle of 80's, especially the small part where Mr. India was being filmed at a local theatre. The dialogues were par excellence and the chemistry between Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor would give an on screen couple like Shahrukh and Kajol a run for their money.
Irfan Khan did complete justice to his role while Priyanka Chopra looked like an imitation of Shakira! Good direction, cinematography and an excellent screen play makes Gunday a must watch!
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