Movie Reviews; Gunday (2014) *Ranveer Singh - Priyanka Chopra - Arjun Kapoor*
|Directed by||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Produced by||Aditya Chopra|
|Narrated by||Irrfan Khan|
Bollywood Hungama (Taran Adarsh):
First things first! GUNDAY is smartly penned, lavishly mounted and sharply edited… and it carpet bombs the spectators with every trick in the book. The bromance, the romance, the gunday versus cop clash, the burst of colors, the unpredictable screenwriting coupled with smart lines, the spray of bullets… the director, who has also penned the film, makes sure he leaves his stamp all over the film. On the whole, GUNDAY has a credible story to tell, is packed with unexpected twists that keep you on the edge and offers entertainment in large doses. This racy, gripping masala fare is sure to hit the pot of gold at the box-office! Rating 3.5/5Star World- Hindustan Times (Anupama Chopra):
His story offers little novelty as it follows the tried and tested path of two bosom pals falling in love with the same girl, falling out with each other because of that, etc. His screenplay is replete with scenes one has seen in the films of the 1970s and 1980s. On the whole, Gunday is an ordinary fare with two aspects going hugely in its favour – very good music and the flying start it has taken. It will, therefore, prove to be a comfortably paying proposal for all concerned. Rating 3/5Indicine:
Overall, Gunday promised a lot of action, drama, drama and drama (yes three times the drama of a normal Hindi film), and it largely fulfils those expectations. Yes, the plot meanders a bit towards the climax but it never stops being entertaining. The director never loses plot of his intentions and executes it well with the help of his lead actors. If you are in the mood for some ‘Blast from the Past’ Bollywood films presented in a new avatar go for Gunday. Rating 3/5Times Of India (Srijana Mitra Das):
Gunday's heart is in the right place but the plot gets overwhelmed by its own voluptuousness, its slick torsos and slow-motion slaps, its extended Durga Puja which leaves it lost between Calcutta's cabarets and Dhanbad's dark mines. However, Gunday's fun while it lasts.More depth, more fire would've sharpened this film. But Gunday offers glitter coating a grim tale. Rating 3.5/5Rediff (Raja Sen):
Gunday is the sort of film some people may mistakenly call a bromance. There is, however, nothing bro-tastic at all about this loud and slow-motion actioner, a film that tries hard to be old-school but proves only that its makers need to be schooled. Calling it a throwback seems insulting enough; imagine the Once Upon A Time In Mumbai films without Ajay Devgan, Emraan Hashmi and Akshay Kumar. Rating 0.5/5Bollywood Life (Bhagyashri Pawar):
Gunday is about friendship, love, betrayal. Ranveer and Arjun are styled differently – they are quirky and don’t mind flaunting their hot bods, you won’t mind the weird outfits. Priyanka’s closet doesn’t do justice to the era in which the film is set. But then again, why complain, hai na? She’s hot and why should boys have all the attention, right? Ali Abbas Zafar has done a great job with his cast. It’s certainly worth watching ‘coz Gunday isn’t a serious film which makes you leave the theatre with a heavy heart and neither a typical masala entertainer nor ‘the happily ever after’ kinda rom-com. Gunday is different and we love it! Rating 4/5Rediff (Sukanya Verma):
For all its swagger and insolence, the script is full of silly loopholes, annoying clichés and glaring superficiality. No matter how hard Zafar tries to create an action hero that speaks Amitabh Bachchan/Anil Kapoor/Raaj Kumar (at one point I could almost hear "Jaani" before Kapoor's Bala declares, "Yeh tevar humare khoon main hai") he fails to substantiate it with charisma that goes beyond surface value.Finally, there’s Irrfan Khan, wearing the expression of a man standing in the middle of a mess -- that is Gunday. Rating 2/5NDTV (Saibal Chaterjee):
Gunday is smartly mounted and studded with a few lively song and dance routines. But the parts do not quite come together to create a gripping whole. It really is difficult to keep a two-and-a-half-hour film from losing its wheels when its engine room is bereft of the propellant of genuine inspiration. Gunday is like the dusty minefields it is set in. Its loud explosions deliver loads of coal, but no trace of any diamonds. It is certainly not the ideal date film on this Valentine’s Day weekend. Rating 2/5Filmfare (Rachit Gupta):
The climax is gripping. It’s a pity that the rest of the movie didn’t have the same resolve. The film has solid performances, catchy numbers like Asalaam-E-Ishqum and Tune maari entriyaan and a story that makes equal room for emotion and social relevance. There’s a lot to impress the average film viewer. Six packs, bulging muscles, seductive dances – all the cinematic material required to make an audience friendly hit. What’s missing is a key eye for detail, a process of refinement, which they say turns coal into diamond. Rating 3/5Indian Express (Shubhra Gupta):
In the name of plot, we get a mash-up of many popular blockbusters, several of them belonging to Yashraj, the producers of this one. In the name of acting, we get pumped up beefcake and one number plumped-lip eye candy. What you get is what you’ve been getting. Over and over again. Both Ranveer Singh, who is a little more effective than his ‘jodi-daar’, and Arjun Kapoor, tread the same path that Bachchan and co did forty years back, and get very little out of it for themselves. Rating 1.5/5Mumbai Mirror (Rahul Desai):
Most landmarks of Hindi cinema have invariably been buddy flicks. Though not always blessed with technical bravado, their hearts have been in the right place. Gunday fails to fulfill that basic aspect- leaving you mildly enraged with the hope of what could have been, especially given the inexhaustible resources at hand. Rating 2/5ZEE News (Aparna Mudi):
The entire look and feel of the movie is of 80s Bollywood. It`s like travelling back in time, where there were no metro-sexual heroes and the modern heroines. It is not a Valentine day date, but the men should make a day out to celebrate their friendship with this movie. The film has nothing new to offer, but one can watch it for nostalgia sake once! Rating 3/5India Today (Rohit K):
Not sure if it's a perfect film to watch on Valentines Day but let me assure you that you won't regret paying for the ticket of this film. It's packed with action, emotions, friendship, drama and some terrific performances. Post the interval there are many twists and turns that keep the film engaging. The film works very well because of the chemistry between the boys and that's the USP of this film. Gunday is an entertaining film. It's old wine in a new bottle and it tastes awesome! Rating 3.5/5Koi Moi (Mohar Basu):
Despite Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor’s camaraderie living up to the expected measure of outstanding and Priyanka looking every bit heavenly as Nandita, the screenplay is plagued with predictability. Gunday is not a bad film but falls miles short of what was expected of it. It is Irrfan Khan’s hypnotic cameo which works off the sole whiff for magic for this clumsy film that indulges in superfluities more than substance. A sexy show gone dull but nevertheless deserves to be watched for the oomph show and bombastic dialogues that have gone missing from films now-a-days. Rating 3.5/5AVERAGE RATING: 2.7/5 - NICE ONE TIME WATCH!
0.0 - 0.9 - Better dying than watching it..
1.0 - 1.4 - Skip it..
1.5 - 1.9 - Skip it if possible..
2.0 - 2.4 - Watch only if you have nothing else to do..
2.5 - 2.9 - Only one time watch..
3.0 - 3.4 - Absolute Recommendation!
3.5 - 3.9 - A Must Watch!
4.0 - 4.4 - Watch before you die..
4.5 - 5.0 - A Masterpiece..