A tryst at attempting an all-encompassing commercial film which outstrips the ranks set by an array of South remakes in recent times. Commercial cinema in Bollywood has become synonymous with remakes and Gunday defies that. The contrived love triangle is unconvincing from the onstart. The film is riddled with ample typical cliches peculiar to 70s’ films.
Ali Abbas Zafar’s film Gundaycouldn’t even near the tautness promised in the film’s crisply made trailer. Ranveer Singh and ArjunKapoor’s camaraderie lives up to the expected measure of outstanding and Priyanka looking every bit heavenly as Nandita, despite the screenplay being plagued with predictability. Gunday is miles away from being a bad film. The passion of the film was too superficial to engage the audiences in a vehement narrative. It is Irrfan Khan’s hypnotic cameo, Ranveer’s energy, the superb dialogues and the thrill that remains for most part which works off as the whiff for magic for this clumsy film which prefers indulging in superfluities more than substance. In the end, undeniably Gunday is a must watch for being a sexy show that deserves to be watched for the oomph in it and bombastic dialogues.
Ranveer Singh is effortlessly terrific as Bikram. The actor’s impulsive vein comes handy in this role especially because he is so sexy with such ease, that it will be hard to take your eyes off him.
ArjunKapoor’s relative inexperience however plays him down a little when pitted opposite Ranveer. He is intense, brimming with emotions but the rendering is not done to rightly tinted perfection.
Priyanka Chopra has way more flair when we saw her in Barfi but the actress is not picking well rooted roles anymore. It is not her story clearly and she fails to rise up beyond being the bone of contention between Bikram and Bala.
Irrfan Khan is nuanced as the shrewd cop and his charming subtlety is hands down, the most irresistible thing about the film. He gives you the required giddiness with a well blended smoothness.
I won’t question the novelty of the attempt because the film was clearly an ode to an extremely inspiring era of crackling work in cinema. But Ali Abbas Zafar doesn’t match up to the tall promises of giving us a wholesome lip smackingly satisfying commercial film that is not sloppily written. Gunday gets hammy on multiple occasions and in over 2 and half hours of its run time, it fails to swell to the height that was expected of it. It is only Ranveer-Arjun’s easy chemistry, a spirited effort of not resorting to remakes and Irrfan Khan’s subtle rendering of the astute cop that works for me here.
Gunday rocks for not resorting commercial crassy mores. It is no Sholay but it is just as over-the-top as any 70s’ caper. Now it is up to you to classify it as good or bad. For me the film is a 3.5/5 for its fervor , for all it accomplishes and a hope that it will open up avenues for more of such sprightly writings.