Movie Review: Gunday

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Centered on the time when Bangladesh was formed, Gunday delves into the lives of Bikram and Bala, two refugees who came to India hiding in a coal train. YRF’s first big release of the year hopes to break the wave of flops in the first quarter. The film stars Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in the lead. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, its music has been composed by Sohail Sen.

The movie starts with Bikram and Bala, two 10 year old ‘Indians’ stranded in Bangladesh. Two kids who were a few days from perishing from hunger end up being gun peddlers for a local corrupt officer. A murder, an illegal train ride back to India and a failed attempt at a job later, these 10 year olds start selling stolen coal. A few years later, two refugees have their hands in every shred of illegal business in Kolkata. Life seems to have settled. They have money, respect and fame. Enter Nandita (Priyanka Chopra), Kolkata’s most beautiful cabaret dancer. And as every film with 3 protagonists goes, a love triangle ensues.

A friendship that was unbreakable is cracked by a common love interest. What follows is a tangled web of betrayal, revenge, violence and redemption. Without revealing the plot completely, here are a few reasons this film is worth a watch:

1. The Bromance

Gunday recreates the friendship that reminds you of the likes of Jai-Veeru.

2. Priyanka Chopra

For all the PC fans, Priyanka is not just a treat to the eyes but her acting is perfect for a 70s heroine.

3. The absence of mindless violence

For the first time in a long time an action movie has more to offer than just aimless fighting and people flying around a hero.

4. Revisit the 70s India

Although the 70s have been over exploited with the plethora of mediocre films (remember ‘Once Upon A Time and its sequel), Gunday is a fresh take at the same old story.  Music- Except for ‘Tune Maari Entriyaan’, Gunday’s music is easily forgettable.

Editor’s Note: This is more of the disclaimer – the author of this review is a huge admirer of Priyanka Chopra.

Presently a Business Studies student at Shaheed Sukhdev College Of Business Studies, I plan to spend my years discovering what I am capable of. Books, movies and friends are on the top of my timetable and for me college is about having a good time and trying new things. I believe it’s better to do a few things well than a lot of them poorly. Punctuality is a virtue I am yet to experience.

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