Yash Raj Films’ Valentine’s Day release, Gunday may appear to be a clichéd 70’s masala rom-com at first, but if you take a closer look, the film has more to offer than you think. Gunday, starring Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra is a story of two inseparable best friends, Bala (Arjun Kapoor) and Bikram (Ranveer Singh). Although they are polar opposites in every aspect of life, the two do everything together, even fall in love and that too to the same girl.
Thus enters the scintillating and sensational Nandita (Priyanka Chopra). Fate has it that both Bala and Bikram fall in love with Nandita but agree that their friendship will not be affected by who Nandita chooses. I know what you’re thinking, same old Jai-Veeru tale, not exactly. Despite being low on the rector scale of conviction as a unit, Gunday lives up to the expectations of audiences in parts. For countless reasons, Gunday does make the cut. Here’s a look at the top five reasons for which you should watch Gunday.
1. The Bromance
Granted that the Jai and Veeru formula has been tried and tested many a times in the past, however Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh take bromance to a whole other level with Gunday. Having grown so close on the sets of Gunday, they are not only inseparable on screen but also the perfect blend of yin and yang in real life. Reflective of their real life comradery, their characters Bikram and Bala fit together like two pieces of a puzzle. While Bikram is the brain of the operation, Bala is the brawn. While Bikram creates the plans, Bala executes them. Together the duo is unstoppable. Even the two little kids playing Bikram and Bala in the initial 15 minutes of the film stole the show.
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2. The Action
Unlike previous Valentine’s Day releases, this film is an action packed adventure. A bold move for the Yash Raj camp, Gunday seems to have worked for this very reason. Granted that there is a distinct love triangle to please the audiences who went in for the romance quotient of the film, the action and thrill overpowers the sappy love story in a bold and unique way which is likable for the audiences.
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3. Irrfan Khan’s Balancing Act
Amongst all the drama, Irrfan Khan plays a calm and composed super cop who at first seems unaffected by the wit and ways of Bikram and Bala. Unlike the ACPs and DCPs of the past, Irrfan Khan’s character of A.C.P Satyajit Sarkar is distant from the “scene of the crime.” His disinterest in the desperate need to nab Bikram and Bala makes audiences wonder as to what plan he has stirring in his pot.
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4. The Beauty Of Struggle In Kolkata
Like a time travel machine, Gunday takes you back to the newly industrialized Kolkata (Calcutta) which is both tranquil and thriving at the same time. Unlike the many films which portray Mumbai (Bombay) as once being the city of dreams, Gunday takes you back to a place equal in stature. On one side we see the beauty, richness and culture of Kolkata and on the other, the struggle that comes with rebuilding a broken down city. It is as if you are peeling an onion layer by layer, exposing it for what it truly represents. Even the little jokes regarding the city and Bengalis might make you laugh hard, for instance, “Never trust a Bengali who doesn’t like football!”
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5. Priyanka Chopra’s Cabaret
While Priyanka Chopra lacks conviction as Nandita, the lover, she stirs up quite a storm on the dance floor. Her “item number” Asalam-e-Ishqum is not only aesthetically pleasing but is also one to which you can readily tap your feet to. Bappi Lahiri and Neha Basin have sung the track to perfection while music by Sohail Sen and choreography by Bosco-Ceasar acts as the cherry on top. Men won’t want to miss out on this heart pounding item number.
Author: Diana Lydia