Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Apr 07, 2014, 12:17 PM IST
One would definitely not expect such a poor show from director Ali Abbas Zafar. His film Gunday, which rides on the shoulders of rising star Ranveer Singh (Bikram), promising actor Arjun Kapoor (Bala) and established star Priyanka Chopra (Nandita), has turned out to be boring, and fails to leave any impact.
The film, which is based on the story of two kids, who come to India after Pakistan- Bangladesh partition, has unnecessary drama and heavy emotional scenes. The film’s weak plot is the final nail in the coffin. The director’s idea of recreating the 1970s and 80s drama has definitely failed to create an impact in 2014.
How is the chemistry between Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh?
Let’s get straight to the point. Arjun and Ranveer’s off-screen chemistry is better than their on-screen chemistry. In fact, the actors who played their childhood in the film, showed better bonding than the actors. However, individually, both Arjun and Ranveer have performed as per expectations. The weak plot and lame direction are to be blamed for the flop show.
How is Priyanka Chopra in the film? Does she play an important role?
Priyanka Chopra is getting better with every film, and Gunday is just another step in the journey of her stardom. Just like Arjun and Ranveer, she also plays an important role. The diva has looked beautiful and acted well. Her item number Asalaam-e-Ishqum is the highlight of the film.
Have Arjun and Ranveer justified their ‘Gunday’ title?
After watching the film, we have come to a conclusion that the film’s title should have been ‘Chichorey’ instead of ‘Gunday’. The two might have given themselves the title of the ‘Biggest Gundas’ in Calcutta (Now Kolkata) in Gunday, but what they have been doing is complete chichorapanti. In fact, during the ‘Ghantiyaan’ song, one of their gang members reminds them, "tum log gunday ho", and they are not suppose to behave in this way.
What is the flaw?
The biggest flaw is its weak plot. The events take place at such a pace in the film that the audience fails to establish a connect. Also it is hard to digest the way characters behave in the film. For instance, two friends (Bala and Bikram), who were so close that they could have gone to any extent to protect each other, try to kill each other owing to a misunderstanding. The entire 30 minutes sequence where Arjun and Ranveer try to impress Priyanka is the most boring part. The director has tried to recreate the cinema of the 1970s and 80s, when films based on male bonding would turn out to be blockbusters. But that magic is missing in Gunday.
How is the music?
Just like any Yash Raj film, Gunday’s music is also above average. But there is nothing remarkable about the music and it will soon fade away from your playlist.
The Big Question - Should you watch Gunday?
Only if you are a big fan of Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh or Priyanka Chopra, and you can pay to just watch them on the big screen. Or if you don't mind whiling away your weekend in the cinema hall watching some drama, maar-dhaad and naach-gaana. For everyone else, wait till the next week's releases.