The opening line of the trailer announces in Irrfan Khan's voice that this story character driven. It does get you interested, but then soon enough he tells you that a city like Kolkata is known for the friendship of two people and you know which direction the film is headed - exaggeration, inflated opinion about self and so on. I understand it is a creative liberty and so on, yet it also tells me not enough thought has been put into it.
The love triangle-action genre mix is interesting too. More so because the triangle is out in the open. I really hope that they stick to their promise and the characters are defined enough to know why they are in love with the same woman and why she'd fall for one of them, if at all. Right now, from the look of it, both Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) are one and the same in term of personalities. Maybe Bikram is a little fiercer than Bala. But that might have to do more with Ranveer Singh's personality over Arjun Kapoor's. Both giving their best over-emphatic dialogue delivery which is a put off.
Speaking of which Priyanka Chopra plays their common muse, Nandita. And being the muse seems to be the reason for Nandita's existence. Sad state of affairs considering Priyanka Chopra's stature and capabilities. I'd be so happy to be proven wrong.
And there is a good hope of that, considering we have Irrfan Khan in the mix. His presence puts things right back in balance, which is always a good way to enter the theater.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Friendship. It's made to look so fickle in Gunday that you feel nothing for any of the characters or their relationships. And love of course, is superficial. In any case, love drama, friendship melodrama, and a few abuses directed towards the "system" later, Gunday is spread too thin on an already flimsy plot line.
Gunday is one of those films that make you wonder why it was made at all. The action is plain and pretty much boring. The performances are overtly stylish and overbearing. The dialogue delivery by one and all is too focussed on making an impact without having any support from the dialogue itself.
The writing is so predictable that even if you haven't seen the trailer you can tell what's going to happen next. If you've seen the trailer, that's pretty much all you need to know. It is a shudder-worthy shame that this story about friendship nods its hat to Sholay.
Given all these aspects, you could keep yourself from blaming the cast. Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor flare their nostrils appropriately and seem to have worked extra hard on moving their lips to indicate impact and energy. There is a one off scene each for Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra which gives them room to let go of the forced style and actually emote. As one would expect, it is too little and too late.
DO NOT get me started on how Irrfan Khan is wasted here.
A little too late also comes the courtesy mumbo-jumbo about how the protagonists do what they do because of the "system". That is a tough one to sell, given their attitude from when they were shown as 12-13 year olds.
The only silver lining is that the first half is reasonably well-paced. There was also this flicker of a comment on how best friends can take each other for granted, but as the movie progressed, it felt like only I saw it. But, other than that Gunday is as mediocre as it gets.
But then again, what do you expect from a film that has characters grow up from being children to adults with the camera on their running feet only to break into a song introducing themselves. Or a film that has too many themes and doesn't take a single one seriously - love, friendship, angst against system.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...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! ... full review
Thumbs up, by Bhagyashri Pawar, Bollywood Life : ...Ali Abbas Zafar has done a great job with his cast. It’s certainly worth watching ‘coz Gunday isn’t a serious film which makes you leave the theatre with a heavy heart and neither a typical masala entertainer nor ‘the happily ever after’ kinda rom-com. Gunday is different and we love it!... full review
Thumbs up, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...I won’t question the novelty of the attempt because the film was clearly an ode to an extremely inspiring era of crackling work in cinema. But Ali Abbas Zafar doesn’t match up to the tall promises of giving us a wholesome lip smackingly satisfying commercial film that is not sloppily written... full review
Thumbs up, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well there are lots and lots of dum for all those who love masala entertainers as this movie is totally enjoyable and engaging. Though, it could have been much better especially in the second half and might not appeal to the ones who love meaningful cinema. 'Gunday' is like a old wine presented in the new bottle but as they say the older the wine gets the more it intoxicates you, similarly in 'Gunday' you will be highly intoxicated due to its entertainment quotien... full review
Thumbs up, by Ankita Chaurasia, Star Blockbuster : ...Gunday is an out-and-out entertainer. It has drawn on love and friendship like no tomorrow and that makes it palatable to more than half of India’s population. If you are looking for a film that stays with you, then Gunday is not for you. However, if you are looking forward to be entertained you know what to ask for at the box-office window. Gunday is swag for your buck and it would help if you can whistle and hoot. Paisa vasool... full review
So-So, by Ravi Kandala , fullhyd.com : ...The music, but for the song mentioned above and Priyanka's cabaret number, is ho-hum. The film is shot very well, and the technical values are excellent - it would not do for a Yash Raj film to not have them anyway.... full review
So-So, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...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 spel... full review
So-So, by Faheem Ruhani, india today : ...The film gets it strongest spark from the camaraderie shared by Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh. Together they are too good buddy Priyanka Chopra does not have a lengthy part unlike the boys but her role is pivotal to the central conflict and drama in the film. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/gunday-priyanka-chopra-ranveer-singh-arjun-kapoor-irrfan-khan-saurabh-shukla/1/343576.html... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Due to the buzz generated, Gunday is expected to take a huge opening with opening day collections likely to come in the 13-15 crore range (also due to Valentine’s Day). It should sustain well throughout its first week, but the big question is if the film can cross the 100 crore mark by the end of its run.... full review
So-So, by Nandini Ramnath, Live Mint : ...a fair sense of rhythm that occasionally slackens during the 153-minute running time, and a clear understanding of the meaning of popular entertainment, Hindi movie style... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...It is these very volcanos that were expected to be the mainstay of Gunday and in that aspect, second time filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar starts with a blast.... full review
So-So, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The film’s strongest point is the cast. Ranveer and Arjun may not have the magical chemistry of Amitabh-Dharamendra from Sholay. Priyanka Chopra brings a lot of sincerity to her role that is as complex as it is improbable— a tough act. Irrfan Khan is dependably masterful. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...In all for me GUNDAY was a predictable, boring, loud, over the top, mega disappointment from a reputed production house, unfortunately. Moreover watching its two (poorly conceived) protagonists running towards the camera in slow motion, I could only remember another big YRF debacle released few years back... full review
Thumbs down, cinemaah : ...Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor have to try hard at machismo which came effortlessly to the real stars of the period—Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Vinod Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha. The plot is rather close to the old Raj Khosla Dostana. Priyanka Chopra’s costumes may be self-consciously sexy, but she manages the husky slinkiness of Zeenat Aman. However, Irrfan just steals every scene he is in—it really is a ‘special’ appearance... full review
Thumbs down, Daily Bhaskar : ...Just like any Yash Raj’s film, Gunday’s music is also above average. But there is nothing remarkable about the music and it will soon fade away from your playlist. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...Ranveer and Arjun obviously had little else to work on in terms of character study. Priyanka’s comely loveliness livens-up the love challenge and Irrfan Khan’s tempered grandstanding manages to make the over-the-top seem bearable. Saurabh Shukla, the gem of an actor that he is, manages to fit in even in this outlandish proposition ... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...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... full review
Thumbs down, by Aparna Mudi, 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-sexual heroes and toned modern heroines. It is not a Valentine’s Day date, but the men should make a day out to celebrate their friendship with this movie. Though the film has nothing new to offer, one can watch it for nostalgia’s sake!... full review
WeThePerfectTwo: gunday is an awesome movie.... i loved it...
WesleysKidrauhl: #Gunday public review: the story line is OK but ranveer and Arjun's acting and their chemistry is SO good that u will NOT be disappointed!
vishals_14: Just watched Gunday! AMAZING MOVIE ! #Bollywood
VikramKrishna19: GUNDAY is superb!!!
TobyJohn5: Gunday was a really good movie! 9/10!
tejal_lad7: Loved the bromance in Gunday ;) Priyanka was a stunner. Want want a Gunday 2 @priyankachopra @RanveerOfficial http://twitter.com/tejal_lad7/status/434581990373724160/photo/1
Sumeyya_SamMiKx: watched #Gundey....AMAZING MOIVE :D Loved it
Spicysangria: GUNDAY starring Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor is a MUST WATCH film... Fabulous acting and... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=730480710325785
souvikdgrt: Just watched #Gunday Awesome film!
souravsrkr601: gunday is a great movie
solo_kc: Saw the #gunday film just amazing rocks also in nepal
shivrawail: #Gunday is FANTASTIC! Congratulations @aliabbaszafar .. Aapke tevar alag hain :)))
shazad_24: Will go cinema again to watch #Gunday brillant movie
Sharanyashettyy: Boss...bollywood #ishtyle #gunday.. enjoyed it... @RanveerOfficial irfan arjun @priyankachopra rocked it ... 3/5..
seemazu: Gunday was awesome. :) Chahey tu angotha lag wa lo
SamarSKhan: Okay. Gunday is now easily one of my all time favorite films. Pure masala, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Irrfan Khan killed it.
saima_selim: #Gunday I seriously need to watch film ASAP.
Rushh: Been ages since a saw a proper proper old fashion Hindi movie! #Gunday @RanveerOfficial @priyankachopra . Super stuff!
RoshanPalla: #Gunday = #SuperHit awesome film 3.75/5
ronesh: Loved #Gunday Perfect mix of action, romance, pulsating music & superior production standards @CineCentre http://twitter.com/ronesh/status/434648847630237696/photo/1
Reemaprajapati: Arjun kapoor, irrfan khan and arjun's smile ... That's all was enough for me in #Gunday. Good acting cn take the movie to another level :)
reebbiikkaa: just watched #gunday ... something more than awesome... (Y)
RanveersLeela: First half of Gunday is funny and entertaining but the second half is totally AMAZING!! The whole film comes together beautifully!
ranveerisfab: i seriously looved gunday ♡ they all did such a great job woow @priyankachopra @RanveerOfficial @GundayTheFilm
PritikGuitarist: Watched Gunday. Again same story, one girl, two lovers. But really nice story. <3 Must watch. In the end, both... https://www.facebook.com/IamPritik/posts/664468230256358
prathore2647: Gunday is good movie
prashan79764769: gunday will be became a big hit .what a supar movie.
prakhararya3536: Watched Gunday! good movie.
poojaspunky: Don miss this #Gunday definitely it ll be a treat to watch Em on Big Screen....
PeeCeeManiac: All in all #Gunday is the kind of film you go to see with your friends dance, screams, whistle and more ! Total paysaa vasool movie
panchalpranav14: Gunde.. Movie is nice story, nice music..and nice acter
NikiShahu: Gunday!!! Awesome movie!!! Treat for a girls eye!!! ❤️
mrsingh6767: Gudd moviee gunday... :-)
MrAnupShahu: So finally watched #Gunday and I love the movie. 5 Stars from me. One of the best movie from @yrf @RanveerOfficial #ArjunKapoor (Y) Superb!
meeralishah2897: Ah..#Gunday awsum film! In love wid music! Superb acting by @RanveerOfficial #Arjun @priyankachopra ...Congratulations to team #Gunday
Legend_Khan1: Watched Gunday and liked it, would give 3.5/5 for a Maasla action film
kuldeeppansingh: Gunday movie the love of my valentine's day.
Khiladi__786: give gunday 8/10
KavediaKinjal: Gunday best movie.. <3
JudgmentalNYer: So happy my lady friends came with me to see #Gunday. I love sharing my love for Bollywood with people and I am so happy they enjoyed it!
JiinalPatel: gunday was a good movie
jeetofcourse: Watched Gunday...it was a fun watch..paisa wasool
jeeenuuu: Loved Gunday more than I love life. 2 down, 6 to go.
imHareshG: If one watch it again n again wont get bore #Gunday
im_anilyadav: i love you both.parineeti chopra #HaseeTohPhasee , priyanka chopra #Gunday nice movie.
illaydillay: Watched #Gunday. Family thought it was okay, @BunnyyG and i thought it was craazy. Watch it at least once. 80's-like, super entertaining
HiiamVinay: #Gunday awesome movie! 2nd half of the movie is really engaging. @RanveerOfficial, Arjun kapoor & @priyankachopra at their best!
HannaKh: Good masala entertainer though predictable story... I liked #Gunday and loved ranveer and arjun.
hamsanat: #Gunday refuse to be broken. Blockbuster all the way
gupta_ammy: Gunday..... I love this movie A real Friendship....
Geneliatic: Saw #Gunday yday Anddddd I loved it!!☺♥ The Gundays are tooooo Hawt! :* Bikram Bala♥♥
forever17kruti: watched #Gunday this morning, ahhh loved the adrenaline rush and the hard core entertainment & drama, a typical Bwood movie contd..
filthiestwerke: Gunday was superb.
fayrahs: Bikram Bala & Nandita made this Valentines even more special =) #GUNDAY
dheerajmalineni: Gunday:its a typical bollywood masala mvi gud fun watch ...Bromance,Romance action all 3.25/5..can b 1st hit of 2014
Deepu7777: Rockin Gunday..!!!! @priyankachopra @RanveerOfficial outstandin performnce as always. Soon to break al box offce records..!!!
DasRupankan: Gunday is a good film...i enjoyed it vry much......:3
darshit1991: Absolutely loved and enjoyed #Gunday Arjun Kapoor and @priyankachopra were killer! And @RanveerOfficial You are a STAR!! Go watch now!!
coolsonali015: Gunday the ultimate film packed with all stuffs to make it a typical bollywood blockbuster a must watch #Gunday @yrf
coolguysmiling: I found #gunday amazing. friendship , action ,emotions. Ranveer-Arjun chemistry is best. Superbbbb...
concisetrade: GUNDAY. Its a mass entertainer full of drama , action & Impressive performances. 3.5 /5 . Ranveer & arjun Rocked (y) - Mujtaba Azim.
ChopraLover: I'm a Salman Fan! I saw Gunday today..& I LOVED it! :D
BeingMaira: #Gunday is a lovely movie!! @priyankachopra @RanveerOfficial and #ArjunKapoor were amazing in it! ❤️ Must watch people!
Barunki_Muskaan: Hey guys... pls watch #Gunday! Ull regret if you dont!!:)
Badtameezak: Gunday is a Great story about Friendship and dedication.Loved it @priyankachopra @RanveerOfficial
Arul_Mozhian: Great performance by #IrrfanKhan #Superb #Gunday
AnushkaVInamdar: Ouuuuuu snap ... Its #Gunday time #amazingmovie #mustwatch #omgranveersinghsbody http://twitter.com/AnushkaVInamdar/status/434583307817582592/photo/1
aniyuvi: #GUNDAY Amazing performances by the WHOLE CAST n CREW.. @irrfan_k @priyankachopra @RanveerOfficial #ArjunKapoor TAKE A BOW.. ^___^
anggy_ra: And congrats to @aliabbaszafar for Gunday! It's way better than MBKD, you just showed your diamond, Sir! It's FAB!
AmaniHamideh: Gunday was such a good movie!
akash_semwal: Gunday Such a great film i enjoy it........
AchalPatel12: #Gunday nice movie. Second half is quiet ok but if you love to watch masala films definitely don't miss this one. "Angutha Lagwalo"
xxSakshi_Manixx: Saw Gunday.. Wasn't the greatest but was definitely entertaining
sushanthreddy: #Gunday is Lay's packet movie. Big n fat from out... But very very less matter inside. It's not bad but it took itself way too seriously !!
rupanidmr: Movie okayish, but what a terrific screen presence this Ranveer Singh! Awesome performance yet again after Ram Leela.. #Gunday
pradeep_smenon: If you sit to watch #Gunday with an open mind,chances are the cast will take you to the finish line. But otherwise, it's a superficial mess.
PinkyPromise_00: Hi @RanveerOfficial last night i watched Gunday...It was a good movie but not like Lootera... sorry :)
Muaaz17: Gunday is an average movie with an old story.
MichelleJDantis: #Gunday is a fun Bromeo & Julius <3 @priyankachopra @RanveerOfficial and Arjun Kapoor are great characters in an alright film. 3/5
husaintha18: #Gunday.. nice attempt by ali abbas zafar bala rocks as usual but Bikram was not upto the mark irfann sir doesn't have much scope. 3 star
hasanz86: #Gundey was not a bad movie
ankitrajpal2: Gm to all Gunday 2 nd part a good and 1 time watch only
zaiinabkhan: Gunday was a sick movie but that shit wouldn't end lol, i swear it was 4 hours long
vivvick: #gunday pathetic acting, even pathatic script #yrf
vatsal_becks: Watch gunday at your own risk. Only good thing about movie is ranveer singh though and obviously without any doubt irrfan khan too :-)
trollpwnde: Krishi Darshana on DD Chandana is better than Gunday.
sharmaeshan: Unbearable first hour of #Gunday . I am getting out in half time. Yuck! Yuck!
sauravbhanot: #Gunday is probably the crappiest film I've seen in a long time! Or was it Dostana 2 that i saw? Horrible! So dissapointed!
salucious: gunday simply irritating
rakeshcamin: Horrible movie of the year #gunday
rachitmathur5: Bakwsss movie #Gunday 1 star !!
perksofpooja: Gunday was so dumb! Ranveer is too cute to be a tough guy
niveditabasu: Watched #Gunday With my brother @lostboy54 even though we found Ranveer to be a total eye candy, the film lacked soul
neelmoti: Gunday: Yuck !
mr_tanmay: Gunday ** film
MehtaHitesh: #gunday is just a waste of day
Marcopo50514289: #Gunday movie worst ever. Worst acting. worst screenplay.Never seen such ham acting before;
ManojG7: #Gunday is the Bojpuri venture of YRF films ..... Simply stupidity
m_ritika1610: #gunday a complete disappointment....#sigh
kityindian: Why in dis world was #Gunday made????... oh yes for making money ... #patheticmovie
jayeshughade: #Gunday too mch of ham act + SlowMo + sissy action + 2 potential actors gne wrong + random sngs + cheezy dialogues.. Irrfan d only watchable
ImpatientWoman: Gunday looks like a terribly bad movie :/
iAshishPunjabi: #YRF another flop movie #Gunday ,,, Grow up man !! Gunday doesn't make sense !!
em_ufsee: Saw Gunday. It's more predictable than Antonio Valencia running down the wing. Shit film. Rather watch Salman's films tbh...
dawood_kkhan: Epic Failure Disaster #Gunday #Gundey Shit film .. Only Priyanka Chopra Best Rahi hai .. Baki Sab Waste ..
chickoo_chirag: Gunday is incredibly stupid, boring film that has been utterly overacted with uber loudness. Disappointing fare!
Benaaam: wasted money on #gunday
becauseofb: Halfway through #Gunday. Mera dimaag bhi doodh jaise ubal raha hai. NOTHING makes sense! Plis be returning my money! #Fail #crap
Author_Asjad: Sorry @aliabbaszafar sir,u disappoint with #Gunday weakness of film is ur direction department aftr #MBKD i m expecting much better.
AtuleUnadkat: Gunday Movie. Pl don't see it.
amin_hafeezz: #Gunday Itni bakwas film hai K SRGay Ki Gando Film #RaOne tum logon ko achi lage ki .. Total Bakwas #Gunday film pr lannat
adityaarora89: #GUNDAY dekhke kat gyaa bhai! Super waste of time and money. PC looks sexy though,but still the movie sucks!
abs2792: #Gunday nahi it shud hv been called GUDVEY, BHAGODEY OR CHUTYE..Another crap frm #yrf
Not Interested in Watching, by Agraj
Not Interested in Watching, by Divya
Not Interested in Watching, by juna
Not Interested in Watching, by kapil : No expectations...though Priyanka looks hot.
So-So, by Anup : Not got anything new
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