Making Of

Making Of: Gunday (2014)

The film opens with the historic independence of Bangladesh. Starving, two kids named Bikram and Bala are taken in by a man named Lateef (Pankaj Tripathi), who offers them to work for him, and illegally smuggle guns to other men. He cares for them until one day an army officer that they give guns to, tells Lateef to leave one of the two boys behind to work as his child sex slave or otherwise he’ll take Lateef’s daughter. Bikram hears this and tells Lateef that he’ll stay behind in order to save Bala, his friend. Bala then comes back to save Bikram and kills the army officer. The two boys then run away, as Lateef is killed by the police.

They arrive in Kolkata by train and start their livelihood by working in a small restaurant. Bala gets into a fight with the owner who slaps him and calls him a refugee. They start looting the coals from a train and selling it in the market for a lower price. As they grow up, Bikram (Ranveer Singh) and Bala (Arjun Kapoor) have started looting whole coal trains. In this process, they kill a famous coal dacoit, Divakar (Deepraj Rana), who calls them “refugees”. But their hearts always yearn for their own identity in India. On their journey from gun couriers to new business-men, they convert all their illegal trades to legal business with the help of Kali Kaka (Saurabh Shukla) by building their Mills. They also provide work and help to the poor, thus becoming white collared ‘Gunday’. A.C.P. Satyajeet Sarkar (Irrfan Khan) who is now summoned to Kolkata to catch Bikram and Bala, warns them that he will arrest them the day he finds a single piece of evidence.

Then Nandita (Priyanka Chopra), a cabaret dancer, enters the boys lives and both Bikram and Bala fall in love with her. They decide that whomever she loves will marry her. After some persistent wooing, Nandita calls them to a theater where Bala gets into a quarrel with a person over a comment on her and subsequently kills the man. Bikram asks Bala to run away for now so that he can be safe and promises not to meet Nandita until he returns. Nandita tells Bikram she is in love with him and if he won’t come to Durga Puja she will never see him. Bikram breaks his promise to Bala to meet Nandita. Bala finds out about this through one of his henchmen Himanshu (Anant Sharma) and returns to Kolkata during Durga Puja. On spotting Bikram and Nandita together, Bala shoots at Bikram in rage, but misses and the bullet hits Nandita. She is rushed to hospital and survives, but Bikram and Bala’s friendship is broken in the process.

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