Gunday- A Disaster in the guise of a Blockbuster……


Yashraj’s Gunday is everything a good film is not…..It is unbearably long, it abuses slo-mo to the extent of frustration (just like Bhaag Milkha Bhaag) and it tries to pelt us with one claptrap dialogue after another not realising that none of the dialogues have wit or charm of any kind. But what it does right is get its cast bang on and whips up an action drama which pays homage to the Bollywood of yore when friendship ruled and when love wasn’t just sex and dhokha but was a bone of contention between two best friends.

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Welcome to the world of Gunday where even the Calcutta police is as intelligent as RAW (all my Kolkata friends would definitely get the pun), and where if you go hide in Dhanbad, then the Calcutta police cannot catch you. A world where a man’s hair is always ironed and his chest well oiled. All this and more define Gunday, a typical commercial pot-boiler which had so much going for it but prefers to squander it away all in the name of commercial cinema. But it is Priyanka Chopra’s cabaret dancer act which shines in the film much like Banglar alo. Her drool worthy performance and the couple of chartbusters is what i took back home from a film which insists that the attention is sorely on the leading men-Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor a.k.a Gunday.

The film is the second effort of Ali Abbas Zafar who made the forgettable Mere Brother Ki Dulhan few years back. And like his previous effort, this film also is a rehash of films which we have seen umpteen number of times. Add to the mix Irrfan Khan (credited as special appearance although he appears throughout the film) and you have a film bursting at its seams. The story is based out of Calcutta, so every cliche like a Durga Puja, the Metro theatre, Howrah bridge and all such prominent landmarks have an integral part to play in the story. But then the story is of the coal Mafia and how two young men go from dishwashers to He-Men and ultimately lover boys. The film also has Priyanka Chopra returning to form after a long long time where she plays the seductress with élan.

Performance wise, Ranveer and Arjun give this film their all and you cant expect anything more from them. But then again, they are not Khans that anything done by them would be accepted blindly. Aseem Mishra has a blast shooting the film and the myriad colours lend the film its own charm. Sohail Sen delivers a kickass soundtrack, which makes me wonder why isn’t the man composing more frequently?

Gunday is all heart, but alas what it lacks is an exciting story and its predictability is its biggest bane. But I am guessing, it will do well and for that the makers have to thank Sohail Sen’s insanely catchy ditty, Tune Maari Entriyaan…..Man, I just cant stop humming this song….Bappi Da, are you listening?

Rating- 2/5

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Krrish 3: Even 3 Hrithiks can’t save this film from being a colossal bore…


I really don’t expect much from Indian superhero films. After the catastrophic Ra.One, my  ONLY expectation from any film of this genre is that they offer some bang for my buck moments to take home. Unfortunately, Krrish 3 fails to match up to my meager expectations. I had liked Krrish, because almost 7 years back, it was a spectacle which hadn’t been seen on Indian screen before. Plus it had Hrithik in an all new avatar. Alas, Rakesh Roshan manages to undo all that good which he had done with Krish and serves us a regressive film. The signs were there already. An abysmal soundtrack was like a warning that you should walk in with minimal expectations. And that is the only reason this film will not crash at the box office like Ra.One , because frankly the expectations from Krrish 3 are much lower.

My biggest complain from the film is that it is a boring watch and is highly unoriginal. In fact we don’t even have to look westwards, a lot of scenes are exactly similar to Ra.One. Rakesh Roshan tried his best to pick and choose from all superhero films and create a bhelpuri of a script, but he fails even on that count. The film tries to emotionally connect with you, and when that fails, it tries to win you over with its CGI wizardry. But all that sadly wasn’t enough to keep the two kids next to me awake, as 1.5 hours into the film, I could hear their snore louder than the background score. And we have the Roshans has going all out claiming this to be a Diwali gift for kids.

The plot if there ever was one is of Krish saving Mumbai from absolutely everyone and anyone. He repairs planes, bashes up bank robbers and saves a kid hanging from a wire, that is till he is given something serious to do. That is to save Mumbai from Kaal. Rohit Mehra as Hrithik’s father (Hrithik again) hams to the hilt and his accent starts geting on your nerves after a while. Krish when he is not sporting a mask, tries to retain a job,but keeps getting fired every time. Where does that leave the leading ladies, you ask? Priyanka Chopra is serviceable in a role which only required her to appear by Krishna’s side once in a while. Kangana Ranaut is actually good fun in a role where she switches sides. But it is Vivek Oberoi who winds hands down for being the biggest caricature of the year. If that torture of a film called Grand Masti wasn’t enough, Vivek as Kaal twists and contorts his face in every scene while asking the same bloody question 25 times to the same 5 people. Doesn’t he realize in the first instance that they don’t have the bloody answer to his predicament?

The songs whenever they appear are the ideal moment for you to take a loo break. YES, they are that bad. The direction is strictly okay, but from a man who has been directing films for the last 30 odd years, you expect better. The acting by Hrithik Roshan is uninspiring. But it is not his fault. Saddled with a one tone character, he really doesn’t get the scope to display much histrionics. In fact, the only other time I have sympathized with an actor so much before was when I had watched Mausam. Such brilliant actors made to do silly stuff and they agree to do them for the sake of their fathers. Kangana Ranaut is the best performer in the film and when that is the case, you know where the film is heading.

I believe all that a superhero can do, has been filled into this film and I believe by the end of its run, Krrish 3 would have squeezed the audience dry of a few hundred crores. But it was the last scene which leaves the scope for a climax, that left me scared. In fact very scared!!!!! Another Krrish it seems is just around the corner. Cutting a long review short, this Diwali spectacle turns out to be a damp squib!!!

Rating- 2/5

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Zanjeer- Renaissance of Ultra Corny Remakes…..


I have lately turned into a sucker for Bachchan remakes. Blame it on Farhan Akhtar and Shahrukh Khan. They started the trend and whipped up a delicious remake of one of Bachchan’s cult films-Don. That was followed by a ho hum remake of Agneepath which rose above average purely on Hrithik’s charisma and Sanjay Dutt’s menace along with a fresh new meanie in the form of Rishi Kapoor. And then comes along Zanjeer. This also features Sanjay Dutt doing his bit to make the film at-least palatable. But Zanjeer is a shocker of a film. Wondering why I spoke of the other remakes? Simply because all three Bachchan remakes featured him as Vijay and while comparing this Zanjeer to the original would be nothing short of Blasphemy, I decided to compare it to the remakes and there too it ranks no better and would surely be featuring in this year’s hall of shame. The only reason it is not topping that list is thanks to a certain Mr. Sajid Khan and his epic Himmatwala.

Coming back to Zanjeer, the very idea of adapting it to the current scenario was all good. Giving it a fresh treatment must have seemed a really cool idea. Although I am not much a fan of the original, but it can be safely said that this was a film which spawned an entire genre in itself and what Bachchan is today is because of this film. Alas, Ram Charan Teja will not be able to boast of any similar accomplishment. Now the guy is not a bad actor. I have seen most of his Telegu films and he has achieved unfathomable success in his films down south. But those are films of a different genre. They let a hero be a hero. He gets to sing, dance, romance, fight and crack jokes. Here saddled with a permanent scowl on his face, he is clearly at a loss and doesn’t really know what to do. Giving him company is Priyanka Chopra who seems to have decided that she will sign every Bachchan remake, however inconsequential her role may be.

Honestly speaking I wasn’t expecting much from this film. All I had hoped for was some cracking action and a couple of witty dialogues. Alas, the film did not even manage to do that. Eevry character in Zanjeer has attained a cult status and casting caricatures like Prakash Raj as Ajit, Mahie Gill as Mona and least of all, Sanjay Dutt as Pran seems to be the biggest blunder of all. The best part about the film is probably Atul Kulkarni and he just has 21/2 scenes in the whole film.

I wouldn’t really like to elaborate on the story part as clearly this film like its original is bereft on one. While that one ran on the kinetic energy of Amitabh and spontaneity of Jaya Bachchan, this one runs on buffoonery. Subtlety has never been Apoorva Lkahia’s forte and except for a remarkable Shootout at Lokhandwala, all his other films have been trash. Now add Zanjeer to the list. I would clearly like tro consider Shootout as strict aberration as he has continued his string of disasters since then.

Nothing at all works for the film. Blaring sound accompanies every time Dutt walks in, a cacophonous Raghupati Raghav plays a couple of times during the film for no rhyme or reason and lastly replacing gambling with car dealing and adding issues like oil smuggling doesnt really qualify as a tribute. Where is the research? Clearly the team believes the only way of stopping illegal oil smuggling is blowing up the place and the way it is blown up is hilariously funny. Lakhia I suspect doesn’t really believe in half measures.

Clearly targeted at the masses,this is a film which would have done bumper business if a Salman Khan had played Vijay, but that very If is what is going to fail this film. Because it needs a superstar to make a stupid film work which is why I believe this will be a blockbuster in Andhra Pradesh where Ram Charan Teja is bigger than most of the superstars.

But on my list, this ranks as one of the worst remakes ever made. And it will really take some skills and guts to beat this. And in case you were wondering all this while, I do NOT consider Ram Gopal Varma ki Aag as a remake of Sholay. Zanjeer atleast had the intent right,sadly it did not have the vision to execute it.

My Rating- 1/5

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