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Gunday - Movie Review

Verdict - “A painful watch! Nowhere near it's soaring expectations”.

They are Calcutta's most loved, most celebrated, most reckless, most fearless, most powerful Gunday? I'm totally misled!

After the severance of Bangladesh, The movie kicks off with the destitute kids Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) who were raised by smuggling guns. After few surplus and offensive sequences, Bikram and Bala disembark to Calcutta as they eventually become the most reverenced gunday and gain popularity throughout the city.

Being bounded by many criminal activities, Bikram and Bala reaps the attention of the new ACP Satyajeet (Irrfan Khan) as he conceives few thoughts to divide them and arrest red handedly with needed proofs. Eventually this leads into many predictable twists and turns which concludes our movie in a stereotypical way.

Contrary talk! Because of the astounding promos and music I was totally pumped up from the movie. Expected something epic and massive and what I actually got from the movie was totally diverse. It was dull, unsurprising, totally predictable and perfunctorily blame the director-screenwriter Ali Abbas Zafar for everything that had happened. He totally got it wrong with his writing which ultimately costed him a highly anticipated movie.

The writing was terrible at times, mainly with all the twists and turns, it was ridiculously predictable. Or maybe that's the point of Mr. Zafar? It was a certaonly throwback to the 70's actioners, but we've seen these kinda stories floating around every year. Not a good thought to repeat the same old formula! The dialogues were weak and after a brief amount of time it gets customary. 

And I can slightly appreciate him for the attempt, the set designs, costumes and the whole technical department was well directed. But the lack of a fresh newfangled storyline and pioneer writing ability bothered me the most and in addition to that, why is the slow-mo cam used excessively? Isn't that outdated?

On a positive note, performances from the cast were decent. Ranveer Singh was in fine fettle, his charisma added a lot to the movie, altough his performance can slightly be compared to his previous movie Ram-Leela, it was good seeing him play these explosive roles. Arjun Kapoor was not that impressive during his emotional scenes, but he offered a lot to his creepy arrogant role. Priyanka dazzled in her intro song and her character was deep and required.

To conclude, despite it's hype and few satisfying scenes, Gunday ends with a disappointment which I'm deeply saddened with. The uninteresting plot included with several foreseeable twists makes it a painful watch if you're not interested in accustomed movies. Totally for the masses and I unfavorably don't recommend checking it out!

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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