Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Gunday: A Story of Two Unstoppable, Inseparable and Unbeatable

Official poster of Gunday movie featuring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Kapoor
Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Arjun Kapoor in Official poster of Gunday movie
If you have learned from history book that olden times have only given birth to several countries, then you grabbed incomplete information. The film portrays the rest of the story, where the hidden leaves of that book tell how history has also given birth to orphans who turned Gunday. In 1970s, when the land of Calcutta was witnessing its toughest time, two 12-year-old boys were running on the same land to survive. The storm of war formed a new country- Bangladesh, clinging two young orphans- Bala and Bikram.

Gunday movie in land of Kolkata and Bangladesh
Plot of Gunday comes from the land of Kolkata and Bangladesh

Gunday Story

All the time they try to rise and world try to smash them up; the two fight again and again. World makes them refugee, need makes them gun couriers, and situation makes them coal bandits. The plot line of Gunday explores the face of 70’s coal mafia. The way it shapes, the duo gets bonded into an unbreakable friendship and become such a force that is unbeatable. Here Calcutta finds two most daring, most reckless, most powerful, and most loved Gunday who have everything. The only thing that had been missing in their lives was- romantic love. One fine day, a beautiful cabaret dancer Nandita walks into their lives to fill the missing colors and makes them go crazy in her love. Her magical appearance transforms their misty world, and they couldn't smell the looming storm behind a heavenly lull. 

Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra in Gunday movie stills
Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra in Gunday movie stills

And then a counter force enters in form of ACP Satyajeet Sarkar for Bikram and Bala, who is the answer of every wrong, the law for every fugitive. 

Overview: Quick Look at Cast and Crew of Gunday (Goons or Outlaws)

Genre: Drama, Action, Crime, Romance
Inspired by: Deewar and Kaala Patthar
Narrator: Irrfan Khan
Production Companies: Yash Raj Films
Producer: Aditya Chopra
Director: Ali Abbas Zafar
Creative Director: Parijat Poddar, Kailash Sahu
Editor: Rameshwar S. Bhagat
Concept Writer: Ali Abbas Zafar
Screenplay by: Ali Abbas Zafar
Dialogues by: Sanjay Masoom
Additional Dialogues: Sanjay Masoom
Casting by: Shanoo Sharma
Star cast of Gunday
Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan, Sushant Singh
Choreographers: Caesar Gonsalves, Bosco Martis
Cinematographer: Aseem Mishra
Production Designer: Rajat Poddar
Costume Designers: Subarna Ray Chaudhuri
Action: Sham Kaushal

Country: India
Language: Hindi, Bangali
Shooting Locations: West Bengal, Kolkata, Yash Raj Studio, Mumbai, India
Distributor: Yash Raj Films
Running Time: 152 Minutes (2 hour, 32 minutes)
Release Date: February 14, 2014

Music Label: YRF Music
Music Director: Sohail Sen, Julius Packiam
Music Composer: Sohail Sen
Background Music by: Julius Packiam
Lyricists: Irshad Kamil, Bappi Lahiri, Ali Abbas Zafar, Gautam Susmit
Singers: Sohail Sen, Arijit Singh, Javed Ali, Vishal Dadlani, Bappi Lehiri, Shahid Mallya, Shadaab Faridi, KK, Neeti Mohan, Monali Thakur, Kinga Rhymes, Altamash Faridi, Neha Bhasin
Music Running Time: 43:03
No. of Tracks: 10
Music Release Date: January 7, 2014
Album Verdict: Good
Album Rating: 7/10

Poster of Gunday

Official posters of Gunday movie: Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra
Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra in Gunday movie posters

Gunday Teaser Trailer

Gunday movie teaser featuring Ranveer and Arjun
Ranveer and Arjun in teaser of Gunday
When the trailer released on November 21, 2013, it reminded of the duo- Jai-Veeru in Sholay. It made viewers to anticipate seeing the rocking chemistry of Bikram-Bala, Cabaret avatar of Priyanka, and love interest of duo in her.  

Gunday Theatrical Trailer

A still from theatrical trailer of Gunday movie
Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh in a still of theatrical trailer of Gunday
It released on December 13, 2013. It seems Bikram-Bala may become a famous duo like Ram-Lakhan or Jay-Veeru and history may get a new jodi in form of Ranveer-Arjun.

Characters & Casting

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor as Bikram & Bala Respectively

Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh running as Bikram and Bala in Gunday movie stills
Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh as Bikram and Bala  on their journey of Gunday
Interestingly both Ranveer and Arjun commenced their journey in Bollywood with Yash Raj Films banner and debuted in Band Baaja Baraat and Ishaqzaade respectively. In Gunday, the duo is playing Bengalis and apart from being the lead actors, their chemistry is of mind and muscles.

Where Ranveer as Bikram is elder of the two, Arjun as Bala is younger; Calcutta swears by them. Bikram is charming, handsome, mature and deeper. Bala is fiery, impulsive, emotional, generous, expressive, but a boiling blood.

Priyanka Chopra as Nandita

Gunday movie heroine Priyanka Chopra as Nandita
Various shades of Priyanka Chopra as Nandita in Gunday

The mysterious character of Priyanka makes her transform from a pretty-sweet girl to appealing diva when the day turns to night. 
Hot Priyanka Chopra captured as Nandita of Gunday movie
Priyanka Chopra captured as Nandita of Gunday
There is one name that always remains on hot-list when it comes to a beautiful European cabaret dancer who is phenomenal in gracing the night-club- Nandita. 


Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in Gunday movie stills
The trio of Priyanka Chopra, Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in Gunday
Her charm makes Bikram and Bala go head over heels. 
  • Priyanka says her mother inspired her clothes.
  • The diva has given a Cabaret number- Aslaam-E-Ishqum in the film. 

Irrfan Khan as Satya

Irrfan Khan as A.C.P. Satyajeet Sarkar in Gunday movie
Irrfan Khan as A.C.P. Satyajeet Sarkar
Irrfan Khan states to play a ‘larger than life’ character being an intelligence agent A.C.P. Satyajeet Sarkar in the movie. The legend in Calcutta’s police force, he is cool in temperament, a great judgmental person who remains a step ahead with his strategic insights. His unconventional rules make him a different persona.

Sushant Singh will be seen in a Cameo role in the movie.

Preparations by Stars

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Gunday movie
Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor in Gunday
  • Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh had taken physical training to get molded into their characters of Bala and Bikram.
  • For shooting a song sequence, Arjun shed sweat to match-up with professional tribal martial dancers of West Bengal.
  • Priyanka had been giving sittings with director to pull out the scenes in flow; sequence scenes like hula hoop performance followed by the synchronized fire and water sequence, which had to be timed perfectly. Priyanka had been seen prepared with her homework, impressing others by a flawless take in single shot.       

Shooting of Gunday: The Saga of Injuries

Gunday creates the era of 1980's, from sets to costumes
Gunday creates the era of 1980's, from sets to costumes
Mumbai: The filming process of movie commenced with shooting a few portions at Yash Raj Studios in Mumbai.

Kolkata
  • For a long schedule, the team moved to Kolkata for filming in real location. The gang of Ranveer, Arjun, and bikers shot a few parts of Jashn-E-Ishqa song on the set of Durga Pooja under Howrah Bridge, which was created by old inhabitant professionals, with a look of 1980’s.
  • Shots near Howrah Bridge proved a challenge for production and team as it blocked the traffic and they had to shot in a certain time slot.

Ranveer Got Injured Four Times

Ranveer didn’t even took a sigh of relief after getting a serious back injury while shooting of Lootera,the harm game continued with Gunday. Two times he got injuries while shooting the song- Jashn-E-Ishqa.   
  • Once he hurt when banged his head with another person.
  • Once more the sole of Ranveer Singh’s foot got hurt by a small glass-piece while shooting an action scene in mud. For next two days, crew people supported him holding his legs while he shot the remaining scenes.   
  • After falling from height and hurting the face, Ranveer was given first-aid, but seeing the situation getting worse, the crew members rushed him to nearby hospital.
  • He once more got hurt while shooting a song and got a small gush on cheek; and it ended with a few stitches. 

Khottadih Area
  • Team Gunday reached to Durgapur subdivision’s Khottadih area that is a part of Eastern Coalfields Limited. 
  • The location witnessed another accident scene when three crew members with a person were going on their way to shooting in Toyota Innova, and their four-wheeler collided face-to-face with a truck. 
  • This happened in the area of Raniganj police station on September 21, 2013 near Bansra.     

Back to Mumbai
After finishing the schedules at Kolkata, team Gunday moved back to Mumbai.

Music Launch of Gunday

Gunday music launch event with Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra
Stars launching the music of Gunday

Premier of Gunday Trailer at Dubai International Film Festival

 Gunday stars Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh on premier at DIFF
Stars discussing the making of  Gunday on premier at DIFF

Ali Abbas Zafar and lead actors of Gunday launched the explosive and much-awaited official trailer of Gunday at DIFF. The event was followed by a discussion between the team, which revealed some tidbits about the making of the movie. 

Promotion of Gunday

Gunday movie stars Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh together
Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh together

The gang of Ranveer, Arjun and Priyanka is marking their presence on every reality show of TV screen. Where Bikram and Bala are seen in a decent set of clothes, spilling Gundagirdi; Priyanka looked dramatic and classy in her designer attires. Their tremendous sense of camaraderie and flawless chemistry brought the shows on another level.

Most Highlighted Dialogue of Gunday:

Bikram and Bala say, “Hum pyar karte hein aapse…!
Nandita says raising her eyebrows, “Kya dono?!
They say, “Jee Haan!

Dance India Dance with Gunday

Mithun Chakraborty, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh at Dance India Dance
Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh at dance reality show Dance India Dance

  • Often the dance moves of celebrities make their fans and viewers going crazy, but when the performances of DID stars unfolded in front of Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh and, diva Priyanka, they were spellbound with the level of choreography and its execution. 
  • Priyanka and Dada also gave some wonderful moves and enthralled the audience.

Ranveer, Priyanka and Arjun Promoted Gunday on Boogie Woogie

Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh at Boogie Woogie
Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh dancing at Boogie Woogie stage

  • Smoldering Ranveer found shaking a leg with his close pal Arjun and trending Priyanka. The trio and the show came with a laugh riot. 
  • The moments passed with laughing, dancing, and jumping. Arjun and Ranveer were so impressed with the spoof and creative team of the show that they asked for a copy of the shooting for social networking sites and congratulated them.

Star-cast of Gunday Visited India’s Got Talent (IGT)

Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh at India's Got Talent with Malaika and Kiran Kher
Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh at India's Got talent show with Malaika Arora and Kiran Kher

  • This time viewers got stunned by not only the contestants of IGT, but also by the charged moments and fun between Ranveer and Arjun who looked totally into their characters and chemistry. Priyanka stood nowhere behind and never looked sunk when it was about joining the duo in making fun and pranks.
  • Where Priyanka shook a leg with Malaika Arora Khan, the duo also gave hilarious dance moves with Bharti Singh and Karan Johar. The trio rocked the event judges and hosts.
  • In between Ranveer also turned a hairstylist for PeeCee.  

Gundagiri of Gunday Stars in Comedy Nights with Kapil

Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh laughing at Comedy Nights with Kapil
Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh enjoying at Comedy Nights with Kapil 

This all can happen at the set of Comedy Nights only: lead characters of YRF movie riding a moped-bike, Dadi rolling on the floor, Bua going gaga over male guests, and rocking chemistry of lead actors with tadka of comedy. With all these spices, when team Gunday and Kapil’s family came together, they made the audiences laugh like a drain.

Gunday Meet Comedy Circus ke Mahabali

Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh at Comedy Circus
Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh at Comedy Circus

The same laughing-sequence got recreated on the sets of Comedy Circus. The unbeatable duo of Ranveer and Arjun showed their film’s popular steps and made everyone enjoy their dance moves.

Koffee with Karan: Subhash Ghai Gets Emotional for Gunday

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor with Karan Johar at Koffee with Karan talk show
Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor with Karan Johar at Koffee with Karan talk show

The renowned director of Bollywood Subhash Ghai expressed their emotions to Ranveer-Arjun by sending a signed poster to them. He found some glimpse of Ram-Lakhan in Bikram-Bala when they recreated the steps of My Name is Lakhan on the sets of Koffee with Karan.

Lead Actors of Gunday with Komal Nahata

Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh with Komal Nahata
Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Ranveer Singh with Komal Nahata

Rumors & Gossips  about Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra starer Gunday

Arjun Kapoor in angry look in Gunday movie still
Angry look of Arjun Kapoor  in Gunday movie still
  • Katrina Kaif was rumored to be in the lead role, but later Priyanka Chopra was confirmed by the director.
  • For shooting a song, 1980’s Calcutta was recreated under Howrah Bridge, which made production spent about Rupees 50 lakh to 60 lakh. The song brings the dramatic pandal and Durga pooja (worship) scenes.    
  • A song sequence of the film presents an art of mask-wearing professional dancers, which includes acrobatics, stunts, somersaults, and energetic movements. Gunday is the first Hindi film, which will introduce this art that has roots in a West Bengal’s district- Purulia. Arjun took special training to shoot with the dancers.
  • Bappi Lehiri has joined Yash Raj Films banner first time in his career.






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