The first look teaser trailer of Guday released recently, creating great anticipation and interest in the film slated for a Valentine Day release next year. The film stars two of Bollywood’s hottest new leading men – Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor as well as Irrfan Khan and Priyanka Chopra. So just the casting makes it one of the most anticipated Hindi films in recent times. Add to this the fact that the film deals with the rather unusual theme of refugee camps in 1971 following the creation of Bangladesh, and the film going public has even more to look forward to.
Film – Gunday (Release date-14 February 2014 )
Starring – Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan
Producer – Padam Bhushan, Aditya Chopra, Aashish Singh (Studio – Yashraj Films)
Director – Ali Abbas Zafar
Story/Screenplay – Ali Abbas Zafar
Music – Sohail Sen
This is the first teaser trailer for Gunday released by Yashraj Films and it showcases what appears to be a buddy-gangster sort of story – a kind of latter day Jay-Veeru – story. This trailer begins with the date 16 December 1971 set against the backdrop of a map featuring Bangladesh and the voice over of Irrfan Khan. The action shows a refugee camp where two boys emerge out of a truck full of refugees arriving on a rainy day.
We then see two young boys – dirty, scruffy and reckless – who grow up to be … well Gundays! These two boys are Bikram and Bala, who will become Calcutta’s most fearless, most loved, celebrated and powerful villains. The trailer shows no glimpse of Priyanka Chopra’s character Nandita – presumably we shall see her in later trailers of Gunday.
Gunday Plot and Story
The story is that of two boys arriving as refugees who learn to live by their wits and grow up as gun couriers and coal bandits. Evidently the two little boys continue to live their lives on the wrong side of the law. As adults the two men become the city’s black market mafia but remain inseparable. Irrfan Khan is to play an intelligence officer in the film.
Set against the backdrop of the creation of Bangladesh, the war, the migration and the strife that ensued from these historical events itself is a subject that is somewhat new to Hindi cinema. The creation of Pakistan, the terrible riots and large scale suffering during the partition of 1947 are relatively well documented in Hindi cinema, but historical events of 1971-72 on India’s eastern borders are far less touched upon. It will be interesting to see how writer-director Ali Abbas Zafar, handles this on celluloid, particularly as his previous work (Mere Brother ki Dulhan a rom-com) belongs to a vastly different genre.
The music of Gunday is by Sohail Sen (music director of What’s Your Raashee?, Mere Brother ki Dulhan, Ek Tha Tiger) and is yet to be released.
Gunday – Other News
The movie is largely shot at actual locations in and around Kolkata. Reportedly the look and feel of Calcutta of the 80’s was recreated for the shooting of Gunday. Around Rs 50 to 60 lakhs were spent on creating just the right look of a Durga Puja pandal dating back to the period and some highly experienced professionals were roped in to do this.
During the shooting of the film, leading man Ranveer Singh had become injured during the performance of a stunt and had to be rushed to hospital. The Band Baja Baraat actor will be seen with facial hair again, and a look similar to the ripped physique he sported in Ram-Leela. Reportedly the actor followed a very rigorous diet and exercise regimen for his look in Gunday.
One of the main reasons for anticipating this film is to be able to see two of Bollywood’s most promising young talents together. Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor have carved a niche for themselves not only for their good looks but also their undeniable talent.
By Reena Daruwalla
Image Source: Gunday(2013)-Wikipedia