After making his debut with the light-hearted 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan', director Ali Abbas Zafar tries out action-packed 'Gunday' which has a dark start to it.
The movie starts in the 70's when India-Bangladesh partition took place and moves on to the mid 80's.
Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) are two boys who stand by each other through partition and starvation and go on to set one of the biggest business empires in Calcutta.
As young boys, Bikram and Bala begin their journey as gun courier boys and then move on to becoming the biggest dealers in coal, gradually having all the young guys in the city work for them.
Calcutta Police is under pressure to arrest Bikram and Bala so they transfer Satyajeet Sarkar (Irrfan Khan) to arrest the two with evidence.
Bikram and Bala end up losing their heart to a sizzling cabaret dancer Nandita (Priyanka Chopra) and both friends want to win her over.
As the saying goes 'Love ruins it all', the friendship comes to an end and what starts is betrayal and bloodshed.
What makes 'Gunday' work is undoubtedly the chemistry between Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. The duo are undoubtedly the best 'onscreen' male pair to have hit the screens since 'Andaz Apna Apna'.
The love and bonding between the two shows on screen and is definitely the highlight of 'Gunday'.
Ranveer Singh plays his character of the perceptive goon to perfection. His expressions and dialogue delivery justifies that he uses his brains more than muscle.
Arjun Kapoor is becoming the new age 'Angry young man'. His eyes reflect antagonism and he once again proves that he is a powerhouse of talent.
Priyanka Chopra oozes oomph, as a cabaret dancer she takes the hotness quotient to another level. She enacts her character with clear understanding.
Irrfan Khan is impressive, but his role is limited. The kids in the first half are terrific. Both, Darshan Gurjar who plays Bikram and Jayesh V. Kardak as Bala are such great performers and they make you empathize with them totally.
Ali Abbas Zafar creates situations which make you sympathize with Bikram and Bala, the screenplay in first half is interesting, however, it slows down in the second half. But the twist in the tale towards the end saves the show.
Music by Sohail Sen blends beautifully with the movie. 'Tune Mari Entriyaan' is so from the 80's and 'Asalaam-E-Ishqum' takes you back in the cabaret era.
DOP Aseem Mishra does a good job. The coal locations remind you of 'Gangs of Wasseypur' and 'Jiya' of the 'Krissh 3' romantic song 'Dil Tu Hi Bata'.
Background score by Julius Packman is powerful and gives muscle to the movie. Action by Sham Kaushal is designed well, he tries to keep the 70's & 80's punches alive which at times appears fake.
The action sequence between Arjun and Ranveer is fun to watch, however, the climax coal mine scene has a 'Shahenshah' moment when Ranveer enters and it's kind of funny.
'Gunday' is a piece from the 80's made especially for the masses.