Seems the Masala Film era is back and most of the production house seems working on to get the opportunity to encash the trend. The recent release of YashRaj films Gunday is one such example.
Ali Abbas Zafar
|Written by||:||Ali Abbas Zafar|
|Produced by||:||Aditya Chopra|
|Music By||:||Sohail Sen, Julius Packiam (Background Score)|
|Editor||:||Rameshwar S. Bhagat|
|Studio||:||Yash Raj Films|
|Released On||:||14 February 2014|
|Starring||:||Ranveer Singh (Bikram Bose), Darshan Gurjar (Young Bikram), Arjun Kapoor (Bala Bhattacharya), Jayesh V. Kardak (Young Bala), Priyanka Chopra (Nandita Sengupta), Irrfan Khan (A.C.P. Satyajeet Sarkar), Saurabh Shukla (Kali Kaka), Pankaj Tripathi (Lateef), Victor Banerjee (DCP), Anant Sharma (Himanshu), and others…|
This film has the masala ingredient expected from a commercial movie which is destined to be entertainer. There are loopholes in the story, there are unbelievable stuff, but it gives a common man a chance to get relief from the day to day life trouble. Some says it as a crime glorification, some says it happens when one’s saturation point comes due to the wrong doings of the system and authorities. People see a rebel in such movie protagonist and as they themselves cannot do it in real life, they definitely enjoy watching it. It not only provides relief in day to day life, but implants enthusiasm and show hope to people, that at the end someone will be able to fight against all odds.
It is not that the movie is taking against the system like Jai Ho, or the protagonists are taking revenge of something happened to them at one point in their lives. The movie has little kids who are friends (more like brothers), there is a love triangle and there are police officers who want to clean the city. There are dance numbers and some nice action scenes. There are dialog punches and there are little disappointing stuff is available. Overall it is a masala package as said earlier and it works in that context.
There are also a lot of similarities between Dhoom : 3, and this movie (both are from the same production house!!) Here is a spoof video by Shuddh Desi Endings available on public domain of Youtube.
Frankly speaking the role of Irrfan Khan is not long enough. He acts as usual and is convincing. Priyanka’s role is quite enough and she got a few scenes to show her talent which she doesn’t let go. She is one of the fine actress of current time and she proved it many times. She manages the balance between commercial movies and the movies where she get chance to act well, regardless of its possible fate on box office.
Arjun Kapoor is hardworking fellow and he is sincere in his efforts. He improved a lot. There were movies and scenes where we found him stone faced, but eventually he is learning and growing. It is a good sign and if he keep improve at this rate, he will be one of the finest actors for sure. He may need to work a little more on his dialog delivery as well. Ranveer Singh is improved a lot as an actor and the enthusiasm in him is shown on the screen. When he dances, he dances from the heart. His expressions during dance moves are fantastic. He is fan of Govinda, and he tries putting facial expression during dance and it is quite good. He lives upto the mark for sure. He can work more on his voice and can leave better impact. The chemistry and the friendship between both Ranveer-Arjun makes them represent the bond between Bala-Bikram authentically and convincingly.
The movie seems missing the depth in terms of both writing and direction. Inspired by Bollywood blockbusters of 70s and 80s this movie have half-backed moments as well. There are several scenes which doesn’t leave any impact. To be a good product overall, the film needed be faster. Some twists in the story works (while most of them are predictable) and some fails making impact. Dialogs are first rate at a lot of places and overall they are above average.
Music is a positive attribute of the movie. Be it the background music or the songs. Songs like Jash-E-Ishqaa make you do foot-tapping at least. The choreography is quite good. The editing could have been better, but may be from the available footage the editor got quite less opportunities. The cinematography is good.
Here is the official trailer of the movie, available for public viewing.
The story of the film follows the life of two kids Bikram and Bala who came to India as refugees from Bangladesh. They have hard childhood and they found the wrong ways to earn money work for them. They settled in Kolkata and grow up as Gunday. Over the period they earned some friends and well-wishers and so do some enemies. Their life got some shock when they both fell in love of the same girl. To the pleasant surprise, nothing was hidden from both them and they talk and share the feelings with each other! Who will get married to the girl is not the only point explored in the movie, as there are some twists coming. The stuff is better to be watched then discussed.
Overall, it is a movie which you can watch for time pass and getting entertained. It is not a masterpiece, nor it will disappoint you if you love commercial cinema.