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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Goliyon ki Raasleela: Ram Leela….Birth of a raunchier and violent Bhansali…


10 minutes into Ram-Leela and Bhansali had managed to kill 2 birds with a single shot.The first being guns fired in a Bhansali film, and second was justifying the title Goliyon ki Rasleela aptly. From there, begins a journey which although retains the essence of Romeo & Juliet, but takes a raunchier and a violent approach to depict the immortal saga of the two star crossed lovers. And there in lies Bhansali’s strength. After delivering two back to back turkeys, Bhansali retuns with a vengeance to retell a tale soaked in blood and enmity. And his take is refreshingly original and entertaining.

The story follows two warring clans of Gujarat who would stop at nothing to prove their supremacy. After a furious action chase sequence at the very beginning, Bhansali introduces us to his Ram (Ranveer). And Oh Boy, what an introduction it is! The chart buster Tattad Tattad sucks you into the world created by Bhansali. Then we are introduced to Leela (Deepika), a firebrand who cares a damn about family enmity. And thus begins a romance which is as physical as any relationship can be, but at the same time the chemistry between the pair is kinetic. The first half is all about developing the romance. It is the second half wehere the film shifts gears bringing to the forefront, the enmity between the families and the ramifications it has on Ram Leela’s romance. Throw in a side track of a villian (Gulshan Deviah) who wants to become numero uno and you have an ideal story.

But then again, Ram Leela wouldnt have been as brilliant without Supriya Pathak. The lady still has the  mojo and gives ample display of her range of emotions. As Leela’s mother and head of the family, she pulls off the film’s coolest performance. But at the end of the day, it is Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone who deliver their carteer best performance in a role which is highly demanding. Ranveer especially doesnt put a foot wrong, and Deepika needless to say is on a roll and whatever she is touching this year, seems to turn into box office gold.

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The music by Bhansali himself is terrific and with the visuals takes up an altogether brilliant meaning. The camera by ravi Verman is fantastic and he brings makes Ram Leela a visual extravaganza. Lastly, Sanjay leela Bhansali it is who deserves a pat on his back for not just writing a film which is so opposite to his style but also directing it brilliantly. 

This take on Romeo and Juliet would certainly leave the Bard pleased, no make that very pleased.

Rating- 4/5

LooTera- A Marvelous Masterpiece!!!!!!


You cant really start with a mindset that I shall create a masterpiece. Masterpieces happen, not by intent but by chance. When content marries breathtaking narration,then a masterpiece emerges out of the ordinary work around us. And this is what Lootera is. It promised us a poignant romance, a sweeping saga of betrayal in love and a daft inspiration to that other masterpiece O Henry’s Last Leaf. But what emerges on screen is sheer poetry. Vikramaditya Motwane, take a bow. As Anurag Kashyap rightly mentioned, you truly are a film maker amongst directors.

This is a film which doesn’t really set out to be anything. It just takes you on a journey,sweeping you off your feet into a timeless era where love has still not lost its innocence. In fact Vikramaditya has such control over his subject that he makes this period romance appear fairy-talesque where love transcends boundaries and the world is still full of goodness.

The plot is nothing new but the freshness is what you lose your heart to. The story takes place in the early 1950’s when zamindars lived a life of royalty and pride. It introduces us to a girl who lives a protected life wherein every wish of hers is treated as a command. Therein walks into her life a price charming and sweeps her off her feet. How the romance transpires before the shocking revelation happens,forms the crux of the story. Now I shall not spoil the fun for you by divulging the plot details. In fact i shall let you experience this cinematic effort,just the way it should be. Without any preconceived notions.

The performances are so good that I for was left amazed. Ranveer Singh for starters has given us an idea of what he is capable of in that gem “Band Bajaa Baaraat’, but it is Sonakshi Sinha who blew me away. Here was this 100 crore girl (pun intended) who we are so used to watching as a 40 plus hero’s arm candy, displaying a range of emotions which i never knew she was capable of. Truly,kudos to Vikramaditya for extracting this Sonakshi out of the mindless clutter she has been appearing in film after film.

The music breathes life into the film and is truly the backbone of the film. Amit Trivedi weaves a spell with such brilliant tracks,that the songs itself ensure your money’s worth. Yes,his background score has that stolen piece from an easily forgotten film ‘One Day’, but i guess with a title like Lootera, the musician for the first time has tried his hand at westward inspiration.

The camerawork is of such terrific quality that every frame just melts into another one and the lighting is just apt to create an ambiance which shall suck you into Pakhi’s and Varun’s world. Mahendra Shetty,the man behind the lenses can well expect to be flooded with offers after this brilliant effort.

Finally,the direction. Vikaramaditya Motwane, who has assisted film makers of the ilk of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Anurag Kashyap has married beautifully the styles of both the film makers in both of his works,namely Udaan and Lootera. His films are realistically opulent and both his films are instant classics. Infact to follow up a successful first film with an equally good or better second film is not an easy task ton achieve and most of the directors fade into oblivion when their second effort goes wrong. But Vikram belongs to a different class. he stamps his brilliance in every frame and leaves you with a lump in your throat with his cinematic masterpiece.

All, in all, if you have anything important to do this weekend which does not allow you to include Lootera in your calendar, then I strongly recommend a reschedule not because this is a must watch. It is because masterpieces are served once in a blue moon and you clearly do not want a friend of yours to recount how brilliant the film is. Trust me, you want to experience this bonanza firsthand. For me, Vikramaditya Motwane has ensured that his name shall be remembered for eons to come and if Udaan was his first stab at brilliance ,then with Lootera he climbs a step higher. To many more.

My Rating- 3.5/5

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