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Gunday Movie Review: Ranveer-Arjun-Priyanka starrer is a complete entertainer

Director :  Ali Abbas Zafar
Music :  Sohail Sen
Lyrics :  Irshad Kamil
Starring :  Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Kapoor and Irrfan Khan

February 14, 2014 5:00:07 PM IST
updated March 9, 2015 4:29:52 PM IST
Gunday Review By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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Retro never goes out of style; it always comes back to entertain you.

Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra acted in some memorable movies together, prominent among them being SHOLAY and RAM BALRAM. Their Jai-Veeru and Ram-Balram jodi is still spoken about for the characters they immortalized.

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor combine to create the magic of that jodi with GUNDAY, a movie worth going miles to see.

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Set in 1971, it traces the war and the birth of a new country - Bangladesh. From there on, it traces the lives of two orphans, Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor). Both willing to fight for the life of the other. It traces their trauma, the situation they have to flee from and their ultimate rise in Calcutta (now, Kolkata) with an identity of being Indians where they are the most feared and revered goondas.

They loot, but also do good to society and the people of Calcutta stand by them. Behind their tough exterior is a soft interior. In walks a cabaret dancer, Nandita (Priyanka Chopra) literally catching them with their pants down (or rather, with their dhotis up) in the loo!

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Both fall head-over-heels in love with her. Once their intention is known, and Nandita is convinced that they really like her, she tells them she will let them know which one of them she really loves. A move that will break the bonds that tie these two together.

Spoiling their party is ACP Satyajit Sarkar (Irrfan Khan) who is out to nail them. But Bikram and Bala are no novices when it comes to grabbing what they deserve. No evidence is going to come Sarkar's way. Or so they think.

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Right from the first frame, director Ali Abbas Zafar who is also the writer of the film, captures the mood and draws the viewer into the lives of Bikram and Bala. The two young actors who portray Bikram and Bala too exude the same class and confidence as their seniors. It is they who set the mood for the drama to unfold.

Zafar gets everything right. The story unfolds beautifully. The background score is a haunting melody; the songs are a delight and the choreography perfectly in sync with the mood, rhythm and era. Even the dialogues penned by Sanjay Masoom are spot-on. As for the cast, Zafar gets a perfect blend of beauty and brawn, along with the assortment of peripheral actors who form an integral part of the movie. And yes, there is suspense too that is stitched in beautifully.

Both, Ranveer and Arjun excel. There's fire in their belly and mischief in their eyes. Their characters are well-harnessed and Zafar ensures that none go overboard. For that, he gives them a perfect foil in the form of a script. Both light up the screen with their presence. And for one, the actors who are only a few films old, this is stupendous. Of late, we have seen the audience applauding Salman Khan whenever he comes on screen. There's applause aplenty for these two, as well.

Priyanka Chopra as Nandita gives a 'Sweety Bhope' kind of performance. Remember KAMINEY? She has a super role and enacts it to her potential to bring the two friends to a boiling point. Irrfan Khan's performance is the perfect tadka.


Two songs deserve special mention for their mood, tempo and choreography. 'Tune Maari Entriyaan' and Priyanka dancing to 'Kante Nahi kat te' from MR INDIA with Sridevi in the background.

For me, the real star of the film is director Zafar and the script. It only goes to show what a difference it can make to a movie.

A perfect entertainer.

 Gunday Review Rating : 
4/ 5 stars

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