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The story of Bikram & Bala, set in 1970s Kolkata.


Hindi, Bengali
14 Feb, 2014
2 hrs 34 mins
485 votes
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When they ran to save their lives for the first time, they were mere 12 year-old boys, and the world called them refugees. The war of 1971 gave birth to a new country Bangladesh. It also gave birth to two young orphans Bikram and Bala. They witnessed the war and its aftermath, where the world tried to trample over them. Fighting for survival, they clung to each other and escaped to Calcutta.

Before they knew the world, they knew each other. Such was their bond, such was their friendship. Each time they sought new beginnings, each time they would rise, the world would crush them down. So, they fought again and again. Together they were unbeatable. They were unstoppable. They were inseparable. In the years that passed, Bikram and Bala, became Calcutta`s most-loved, most-celebrated, most-reckless, most-fearless and most-powerful GUNDAY!

They had everything... then, one fine day, bells rang... Nandita, the most beautiful cabaret dancer, walked into their lives, and they lost everything to her. Their murky world turned magical and colorful. They fell head over heels in love with her. But that was only a blissful lull before an impending storm...

And then entered ACP Satyajeet Sarkar, the right for every wrong, a law for every outlaw and a counter force for Bikram and Bala. What follows from here is the most-sensational, most-thrilling, most-dramatic story ever told!
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Gunday explodes onto the big screen. And what a film it is. With strong characters and a story filled with twists and turns, this movie takes us on an adventure. Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film is about two guys whose friendship is put to the test. As the story unfolds we are shown ... ...Read full review
Straight up, Gunday pays loving homage to Bollywood classics `Sholay`, `Kaala Patthar` and other `brothers-in-arms` films while offering more. Gunday is Oliver Twist, given a Bollywood twist. Orphaned Bala (Kapoor) saves waif Bikram (Singh) from a paedophile in war-torn Bangladesh. Escaping officials, the two boys reach Calcutta, hiding on a train. Facing homelessness and heartlessness, the duo decides to conquer life, selling stolen coal - till they become Calcutta`s most famous gundey, controlling all its illegal trading from timber to fish. Bikram and Bala are tough, cheerful and inseparable - until they both fall for cabaret dancer Nandita (Chopra). As they bitterly fall out with each other, ACP Satyajit Sarkar (Khan) closes in for the kill. ...Read full review
Back in the 70s, there was an angry young man, who had enough bravado to crash into a godown full of goons, lock the door from inside and sit on a chair inviting them to come and bash him if they dared. You didnt distrust his bravery even for a second; rather you looked up to him in awe as he coolly sauntered out after reducing those goons to pulp. He didnt have muscles rippling out of his shirt, he didnt sneer at everyone around randomly and he spoke in his baritone voice only when needed. That was Deewar and the man of course, is a legend now. And more importantly, that was a different era. - See more at: http://www.mid-day.com/articles/movie-review-gunday/15095071#sthash.5dsH34Su.dpuf ...Read full review
`For all its swagger and insolence, the script is full of silly loopholes, annoying clichs and glaring superficiality.``No matter how hard director Zafar tries to create an action hero that speaks Amitabh Bachchan/Anil Kapoor/Raaj Kumar, he fails to substantiate it with charisma that goes beyond surface value,` says Sukanya Verma about Gunday. ...Read full review
The nostalgia that Gunday evokes is unmistakably 70s Bollywood. From its best-friends-versus-the-world premise to clap-trap dialogues delivered with clenched teeth and flared nostrils, to the messy hand-to-hand fight scenesthe ingredients are certainly in place. For a while, the film succeeds in grabbing your attention too with its striking period detail and some nicely mounted scenes. But rolling out at 2 hours and 34 minutes, it cant help feeling like a slog. Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor are Bikram and Bala respectively, two buddies who were displaced as kids after the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Fearless and pushed to the wrong side of the tracks, they return to Calcutta becoming petty coal thieves, and then quickly go on to control the local black market. A senior cop (Irrfan Khan) is transferred to the city to break them, even as a pretty cabaret dancer (Priyanka Chopra) becomes the object of both their affection, predictably driving a wedge in their seemingly unshakeable friendship. ...Read full review