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Movie review: Ranveer-Arjun's bromance in Gunday fails to create magic

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, February 14, 2014
First Published: 19:37 IST(14/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:44 IST(14/2/2014)

Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor's off screen chemistry has been much talked about. But on screen it will disappoint the viewers. Gunday, however, is miles away from being a bad film, feel critics.

Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV
Rating
: **

Critic's take: Gunday is smartly mounted and studded with a few lively song and dance routines. But the parts do not quite come together to create a gripping whole.

Written and directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, the film suffers in the end owing to slipshod editing and a hackneyed storyline that runs out of steam all too quickly.

Neither Ranveer Singh nor Arjun Kapoor is a finished article yet. So salvaging the half-baked script, despite their best efforts, is way beyond them.

Priyanka Chopra provides a few of the film's brighter spots, but none of them is luminous enough to offset the relentlessly vacuous bluster of Gunday.

Irrfan Khan, in an extended guest appearance as a tough talking cop on the trail of a duo of young goons, towers head and shoulders above the rest of the cast. But that certainly isn't a surprise.

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Sukanya Verma, Rediff

Rating: **

Critic's take: Instead of building Bikram-Bala's friendship with emotional information, Zafar takes Kapoor and Singh's natural chemistry for granted. No doubt, they are comfortable around each other, there's a disarming, credible vibe, which, sadly, never once translates into that epic brotherhood I witnessed on Koffee With Karan.

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Mohar Basu, Koimoi.com
Rating: ***1/2

Critic's take: Gunday is miles away from being a bad film. The passion of the film was too superficial to engage the audiences in a vehement narrative. It is Irrfan Khan's hypnotic cameo, Ranveer's energy, the superb dialogues and the thrill that remains for most part which works off as the whiff for magic for this clumsy film which prefers indulging in superfluities more than substance.

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Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama
Rating:
***1/2

Critic's take: Gunday is smartly penned, lavishly mounted and sharply edited… and it carpet bombs the spectators with every trick in the book. The bromance, the romance, the gunday versus cop clash, the burst of colours, the unpredictable screenwriting coupled with smart lines, the spray of bullets… the director, who has also penned the film, makes sure he leaves his stamp all over the film.

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