Saturday, 15 February 2014

I love you, Man My Review Gunday

Director  Ali Abbas Zafar

Starring  Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan, Saurabh Shukla

Gunday is a beautiful epic saga of two men in love and how they live only for each other.

It begins in circa 1971, with the creation of Bangladesh. Bikram and Bala are two friends who escape the clutches of the army after killing an army man ( 30 second role played by Manu Rishi) and helped by the man they used to run guns for (45 second role played by Pankaj Tripathi) who is later shot dead by the army.

They land in Calcutta and from here their journey begins toward being Gundas. From coal khadans to LPG to other kaala dhandhaas, they own the city together. They are very very angry young men, they blame the system for creating Bangladesh and making them refugees and criminals. They have become a pain in the ass for the Calcutta police. Enter Inspector Satya (Irrfan Khan) who takes it upon himself to destroy their mohabbat bhara rishta and get them behind bars. He has his own methods, including scientific approaches like Newton's. To make the very exciting going ons hotter and plumper comes the cabaret dancer Nandita (Priyanka Chopra). Little does she realize that she would wreck havoc in their lives. Will the very much in love Bikram and Bala defeat the world and stay united is the story. Will love over come the bizarre twists and turns the deep script throws at them? Oh, so exciting.

It is great to finally see some real on-screen chemistry. Two shirtless men with Spanish guitar strumming in the background, fight each other passionately and then gaze deep into each other's eyes. Everything in the film is in glorious slow motion, which enhances the over all appeal of their romance.

After the short 2.3 hours when the film ends, I was crying. Why they ended the film so soon, I so want more of this hitherto unseen ode to the 70's cinema. What a perfect potpourri of Kala Pathhar, Sholay, Dostaana etc etc etc. I am upset they spent such little money on this film that deserves a few more crores to put slow motion in the rest of it.

I will definitely go and watch it again. Oh wait, I am writing this from the theater only. Oh, I just woke up. I just dreamed all of the above.

O god, now I have to go home and write the real review.