It’s a safe game in bollywood to make a full on commercial entertainer. Ali Abbas Zafar has done the same thing. Smartly played safe by adding all the possible elements that will make a good entertainer. The challenge comes when you have to keep your audience engaged by showing them all those things which they have seen it uncountable number of times. Ali Abbas Zafar wins it here with Gunday. The film starts similarly like the promo. Two boys Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor), their childhood, how they become gunday, Nandita (Priyanka Chopra) who changes everything for Bikram and Bala and Satyajeet Sarkar (Irrfan Khan) whose motive is to make sure that the gunday don’t live a peaceful life. The film works for many reasons:

  1. Chemistry between Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, their friendship is portrayed so well that the chemistry between Priyanka-Ranveer or Priyanka-Arjun seems bland.
  2. Performances of all the four characters; Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan in a special appearance shines like a diamond from a coal mine. Arjun Kapoor is different from his previous movies, Ranveer Singh is just making his performance better with each passing film, Priyanka Chopra has a beautiful character and she portrayed it beautifully. Irrfan Khan is awesome as always.
  3. Music of Sohail Sen just makes the movie better. Songs are placed at right place and come at right time. The film does not overshadow the music nor does the music. The songs very much seem to be part of the film even though they are dream sequences and some play in background. Without even a single song the film would have seemed incomplete.

Even though the film is set in the 70’s 80’s era it seems very much today. The film reminds you of Sholay without loosing the charm of this film. Climax also seems to seen somewhere else but as it suits the film you enjoy it. First half struggles a bit to make things fall in place. Like when the Priyanka Chopra episode starts, whatever happened in the film before is kept aside concentrating only on love angle. It’s just before the interval the film gains momentum and it does not stop till the end. Gunday is predictable especially about songs and few incidents become predictable because of the trailers, but this does not stop from entertaining you. The film is correctly paced neither too fast nor slow. Film is nicely edited and not a single dull moment. Aseem Mishra has done a great job with cinematography. Finally Ali Abbas Zafar, the captain of this ship named Gunday, has beautifully played the role of story-screenplay-dialogue writer and director. His work is worth praising.

Rating: 3.5/5


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