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Gunday Movie Review

Gunday  Rating: 2.5/5

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site:CNN IBN
Gunday isn't unwatchable, but it's certainly a case of potential squandered. The film has an authentic look and feel of 70s Calcutta, some robust cinematography, and a few good tunes. It's also got two live-wire leading men whose on-screen chemistry sadly isn't mined for enough laughs. I'm going with two out of five for director Ali Abbas Zafar's Gunday. Watching it is a lot like eating the same thing for dinner four times in a week.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Taran Adarsh Site:Bollywood Hungama
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!
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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site:Star World( Hindustan Times)
This masala mix works for the first half — Ranveer and Arjun Kapoor are electric as Bikram and Bala, two Bangladeshi refugees who are inducted in childhood into a life of crime. The story is both implausible and clumsy, but sheer attitude — or tevar, as we are reminded repeatedly — pulls it together. Gunday is an affectionate collection of clichés. I think most of you will figure out what’s coming before it does. But in the second half, when Bikram and Bala are at each other’s throats, the film loses its spell.
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Ratings:-- Review By: Komal Nahata Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business
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.
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Srijana Mitra Das Site:Times of India (TOI)
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.
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Ratings:0.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site:Rediff
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.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site:Rediff
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.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site:NDTV
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.
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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site:Indian Express
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.
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Ratings:2/5 Review By:  Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror
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.
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Ratings:3/5 Review By:  Aparna Mudi Site:Zee News
The entire look and feel of the movie is of 80s Bollywood. It`s like travelling back in time, where there were no metro-s**ual 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!
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Rohit K Site:India Today
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!
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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site:Koimoi
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 s**y 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.
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Ratings:-- Review By:  Sneha May Francis Site:Emirates24by7
Despite being packed with liberal servings of kitsch and colourful quirks from the flamboyant 70s, three good-looking actors and incredible tunes reminiscent of a glorious past, Ali Abbas Zafar’s visual extravaganza ‘Gunday’ doesn’t have enough soul to have us hooked. What remains is a clumsy story that’s riddled with clichés, and a predictable story that glorifies the struggles of the outlaws, celebrates friendship and exploits love.
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34 comments:

  1. stunning guys...its time for jashn-e-ishqa...

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  2. Happy valentine day couples.....singles lets go for gunday...

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    1. go for hasee toh phasee it is a better movie

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    2. Htp..worst movie((

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  3. Tune Maari Entriyaan...Dil main baji Ghantiyaan !

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    1. tan tan tan.................

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  4. Cinematic landscape of Bollywood has gone through seismic shifts, content is becoming king again, bromance replaces romance, Bikram and Bala bang this time.

    http://www.cinveda.com/movies/gunday/reviews?review_id=163

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  5. when indian cinema will raise their thinking level?

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    1. it is all because of indian public .When public will stop watching masala movies and start watching good movies indian cinema would definately improve

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    2. tere jaise chutiya hi bina dekhe rating krte h

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  6. what kind of review is koimoi's she is saying that movie is disappointing but goes ahead and gives 3.5 stars

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  7. worst movie, showing the downfall of indian cinema, there is nothing to watch
    -5 out of 5.(ratings)

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    1. Hahaahahahaha bina dekhe tu yahi bol sakta he ya fir acche boore ki samaz nhi he tereko

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  8. I think you need to watch movie first and comment on it.

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  9. average movie.over the top acting and action scenes and dont have a coherent plot enough to engage the viewers.

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  10. Stunning performances but boring movie

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  11. Crap film..no story and the friendship almost seems gay at some points

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  13. GUNDAY: Drama drives a bumpy ride! Story thrown to back seat!! [2.5/5]

    If 70’s hit box-office formula, exploited mercilessly later in 90’s, of macho-giri, hero-panthi & solid dialogue-baazi could still guarantee an out-sized rage in entertainment, YashRaj film’s GUNDAY would have easily been a winner all the way but what it misses out in translation is the unforeseen elements in the plot. So, GUNDAY- the saga of love, friendship & betrayal remains limited and disappoints for the most part.

    In a GANGS OF WASSEYPUR-ish docudrama style of narration, Irrfan playing a confident cop takes us back in 1971’s Bangladesh where 2 young guns are forced to flee and find a shelter in Calcutta only to rise as the second most famous [infamous would do the justice] craze after the monumental Howrah Bridge. These so-called ‘local Robinhoods’ & the biggest goons of their times [Ranveer playing Bikram and Arjun being Bala] are into every illegal business in the list. So far so good, but then the next chain of events is not very tricky to track down when both fall in ‘sachche wala pyaar’ with the same girl [Priyanka Chopra sizzles as a cabaret dancer]. Film gets derailed from being a hardcore anti-hero film to bring down the dysfunctional system to a typical romantic triangle with an outdated pinch of betrayal and misunderstandings coming in the way of friendship and love.

    Setting a story in 70’s-80’s brings plenty of interesting nuances in the plot to rejoice. Rajesh Khanna is mentioned as a superstar girls fall for, for more than once. Mithun da’s dance moves are hard to ignore in choreography. Bappi Lahiri’s voice is prominently used to catch the bong-connection. The colors and characters also smell rustic & next-door [One specific character can’t stop himself addressing his bloodthirsty rival as ‘dada’]. Obviously the direction is on the right track but obviousness in plot kills the grandness of GUNDAY. Why to borrow [Copy-paste] from storylines that are done-to-death? I don’t have any clue and I guess the thinking tanks behind this would also not have a justification.

    Film if manages to hold your attention, despite being tad lengthy by at least 15-20 minutes, the credit goes to its production value which makes it a grandeur explosion of drama on screen, the performances mainly of Irrfan who is regular but delightfully charming with some of the cheesiest lines and an attitude that becomes skin to the character and last but not the least the high-voltage drama. Whatever happens here happens in a slow-motion technique. Everyone appears from a hazy-foggy-smoky background. Punches hit the chiseled body in high-speed. In the rest, Ranveer outshines with a good performance. Arjun impresses but not without showing limitations as an actor. Priyanka does it the way she’s known to.

    Overall, Ali Abbas Jafar’s glorification of anti-heroes ends up in a lengthy bumpy ride that is enjoyable in parts, grand in looks but definitely not worthy enough to be a descendant of bygone era’s masala/mass entertainers. Watch it if your idea to celebrate Valentine’s Day is nothing else but to see two shirtless men fighting for one girl. [2.5/5]

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  14. On this valentine.....ranveer n Arjun are on fire......

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  16. A painful watch? Check out my review here: http://justformoviefreaks.in/entries/hindi/gunday-movie-review

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  17. Just watched Gunday and have to admit , loved every bit of this movie. I went in because I like Ranveer and the song Entriyan. But came out loving everything and everyone. Ranveer, Arjun , Priyanka and Irfaan...all are in top form. The story has some realistic touch to it with the Calcutta of old, the pedophile assaulting the boy, the coalmines and all...but the direction is intelligent and that will appeal to modern day audiences all over. This is one of the few films that will appeal to all masses and classes. It is going to do fantastic business all over.

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  18. I thought it might turn out cool but after Raja Sen's and Anuj Kumar's review, i am not gonna dare for another time lol. Will better wait for tv premier. I haven't seen the movie yet bu in the teasers, the acting part looks quite rheotic, obnoxious, overloud, and rather overloud with everyone but Irfaan, opening mouth larger than needed. Gosh, is this called acting?Huh. Very silly mantra of acting indeed. Both can learn a thousand things from great Irffan whose triumphant weapon is not overly delivered cheesy lines with unrealistic bodylanguage but mere Silence with calm yet very filmsy posture. Too bad such ametuer actors like Ranveer who believes in either overdoing or underdoing, and Arjun are also lined up in our upcoming superstars. Duh. Like I said, Bollywood never disappoints.

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  19. Awesome movie yarr.....
    Strong combination of love and friendship.
    And also Brilliant choice for who is in search of a good content...
    Dance and action was average...
    But, acting of all was brilliant

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  20. gunday is one of the epic movie i hv ever see. ranveer and arjun hai raised movie to a new level . damn you should not miss watching gunday

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  21. I thought it might turn out cool but after Raja Sen's and Anuj Kumar's review, i am not gonna dare for another time lol. Will better wait for tv premier. I haven't seen the movie yet bu in the teasers, the acting part looks quite rheotic, obnoxious, overloud, and rather overloud with everyone but Irfaan, opening mouth larger than needed. Gosh, is this called acting?Huh. Very silly mantra of acting indeed. Both can learn a thousand things from great Irffan whose triumphant weapon is not overly delivered cheesy lines with unrealistic bodylanguage but mere Silence with calm yet very filmsy posture. Too bad such ametuer actors like Ranveer who believes in either overdoing or underdoing, and Arjun are also lined up in our upcoming superstars. Duh. Like I said, Bollywood never disappoints.

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  22. Hey Admin. Why not you include reviews of critics like Mayank Shekhar (DNA) and Anuj Kumar (The Hindu). I think they deserve to be included more than many ones here. I know likeness is subjective but simple question is, Why not?

    Here is the review of The Hindu btw.

    http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/new-age-love-story-steals-the-thunder-from-bollywood-goons/article5691730.ece

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    1. GUNDAY

      Some films are only teaser-deep. This is one of them. Director Ali Abbas Zafar adds very little to what we gathered from the promos. Zafar has come up with Gunday for the dummies. Set in Bengal of 1970s and 1980s, Bikram and Bala (Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor) could belong to any city, but since period films are in and some Bollywood film-makers have been able to capture the regional pulse without letting go of the mass appeal, Zafar also tries to give his goons a regional identity. But his research is limited to Bollywood titles of the period, which is very well summed up by Bala in one line: ho sake to maaf kar dena !

      The young director seems to believe that showing shots of the Howrah Bridge will give the film a Bengali layering. Oh yes, there is talk of hilsa and football and a shootout happens during Durga Puja, but all this remains only on the surface of a story where originality is as hard to find as authenticity in the body language of lead players. If you can’t handle it, don’t spread the canvas. Zafar’s characters might have run into Kolkata from a Bangladeshi refugee camp, but forget East or West. His protagonists seem like boys who don’t know the difference between Hrithik and Ritwik. If this is Yash Raj’s way to explore India, it better return to its European exotica.

      In no mood to imbibe the body language and diction, Ranveer and Arjun seem to be auditioning for a declamation contest. Cocky and petulant, they seldom give the impression that they rule Calcutta. Together with Zafar they seem to be spoofing the Dostanas of the yore with a dash of Kala Patthar -like faux intensity. The good mainstream films of the era were not realistic but believable and that was largely because of the performances. No such luck here.

      Bikram and Bala are two boys left orphaned by the 1971 war. Hunger makes them crossover, not just physical boundaries but also the sense of right and wrong. They literally get dirty in the coal business and soon their writ runs large on Calcutta. As expected, a police officer (Irrfan) is called to cut them to size and as he gets going, cabaret dancer Nandita (Priyanka Chopra) comes in between the bad boys. Envisioning the rest of the film won’t test your imagination.

      Many have pointed out Arjun’s propensity to contort his face. One didn’t mind it in the tense scenes during his previous screen outings, but here he does it even during light-hearted stuff and it feels false. So is Ranveer’s inability to feel the fun and tension in right measure. He either overdoes it or runs the risk of becoming a piece of furniture. There is no medium note in his performance.

      Early in the film, when the two face Irrfan for the first time, he suggests the outlaws to mend their ways. You can read it as a senior actor advising the boys to be convincing. Irrfan’s silence carries more weight than the collective rhetoric served by Ranveer and Arjun.

      As Nandita, the stunning soap that is employed to wash off the sins of the boys, Priyanka doesn’t disappoint. She is too ravishing to go undercover, but somehow manages to hide between the thin layers of the screenplay. At least she knows what she is expected to do.

      Similarly, Irrfan appears on the scene to deliver a couple of punchlines, show how they used to police in the past and then disappears to let the boys indulge in their antics. The music is a letdown with Sohail Sen and Irshad Kamil resorting to the usual “Maula” and “Ali” filled riffs to generate romance.

      There is a scene in the latter half of the film where Nandita urges the police officer to go easy on these gunday as they are actually children. It seems like a frank admission from the director. Wish he had cleared the soot-filled air early!

      The Hindu

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  23. When we start to select movie from critic's eyes there will be always problem with it, it's seems always like a paid review after watching a good movie as said here..!!

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  24. #Gunday - ''tune maari entriyan re theatre mein baji seetiyan re...''. An out and out masala entertainer with all the dose of action, music, songs, romance, bromance, thrills and chills, good storyline, powerful acting and solid & 'DHAANSOO' dialogues. All in all, a complete paisa vasool entertainer. Everyone involved has done a fabulous job. A special mention for #ArjunKapoor for his outstanding and clap worthy performance and dialogue delivery. Without him, this film might have been dull. In short, he is the colour (GAADHAA COLOUR) in the movie who makes it a wonderful watch. Above all this, its very sad to witness the end which is a letdown in the movie. It might have been changed easily and I assure that there might have been more claps and whistles in the theatre. However, its an excellent watch till the end and explodes in each and every scene.

    Final verdict - 4*/5.

    ''yeh tevar hamaare khoon mein hai...tere bhonkne se kuch nahi hoga...''

    Awesome dialouge by #ArjunKapoorGunda ;)

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  25. Yash Raj Films, in the recent years, has concentrated more on the masala films catering to a wider audience. The basic ingredient of such a movie has to be a power packed star cast. After giving the biggest hit (Dhoom 3) of hindi cinema last year, the banner is up with the first release of this year, ‘Gunday’.

    Set in the 1970’s, Gunday is the story of two Bangladeshi refugees Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) who arrive at Calcutta. The two friends go on to become the most powerful, most celebrated and the most fearless people in the city, obviously through wrong means. ACP Satyajit Sarkar (Irrfan Khan) is transferred to Calcutta to deal with these two goons. The two, even fall for the same girl Nandita (Priyanka Chopra) who’s a cabaret dancer. Obviously, misunderstandings do happen between them because of a girl. Do they get caught or do they manage to escape?

    The biggest problem with Gunday is that it tries to do too many things at a time. You seriously get confused if you are watching a romantic flick or an action packed masala.
    Director, Ali Abbas Zafar, just goes off the main stream. Plus there are too many songs at regular intervals which are hardly required. The movie is all the way predictable as well.

    The only reason which makes Gunday watchable is its star cast. Ranveer Singh is in fine form. We have already seen in Ramleela what he is capable of. Arjun Kapoor performs acts with more sincerity than his last film. Priyanka Chopra is good as well. Irrfan Khan always outstands. His dialogue delivery is marvelous. Saurabh Shukla is excellent.

    Gunday is low on content, overhyped and predictable. A lot better film was possible with such a brilliant star cast.

    Rating- 2/5

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  26. Fu*kest movie of the year.hate this movie.

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  27. Priyanka chopra is the best thing in Gunday, she steals every scene she is in, you cant take your eyes off her in Aslaam i Isqham, similar to ram chahe leela. Bollywood needs step up, the girl has had 30million hits on youtube on a single song, she has had 3 different sucessful careers, and has a fan following across the globe, she is wasted in movies like Krrish3, and Barfi. Imagine a action movie with priyanka as the lead, imagine priyanka in ram chahe leela outfit with a machine gun, going on a kill bill type rampage....bollywood catch up.
    Just hope shes not wasted in Don3, also in Don2, she shoulda shot or winged Don, he did kill your brother in Don1.....

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