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Interview: Ranveer Singh talks about ‘Gunday’

Gunday - UK (1)Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh is on a high after a rewarding 2013 with films like Lootera earning him critical appreciation and Goliyoun Ka Rasleela –Ramleela giving him a blockbuster at the box office. The young actor made his debut in Hindi films with YRF’s Band Baaja Barat in 2010 and soon thereafter became the studio’s blue-eyed boy. His third film with the studio, spearheaded by Aditya Chopra, is called Gunday and is set in the 1970s.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar (Mere Brother Ki Dulhan), Gunday will release in UK cinemas on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2014. The film also stars international recording artist and actress Priyanka Chopra along with Arjun Kapoor and Irrfan Khan.

In conversation with Bollywood Reporter Sunny Malik, the 28-year-old talks about Gunday, his love for Govinda, the UK success of his last film and much more…

 

How would you describe the past year for you professionally?
I think it’s been a very good year. It’s just what the doctor ordered after the previous year (2012) where I didn’t have a release at all. I had a break of nineteen months which was a bit of a slump. It’s not the best thing when you don’t have any instalments in your body of work for such a long period, right in the beginning of your career. But I had two films in 2013 that have most certainly done well for me. Lootera received critical appreciation and I think, is the best reviewed film of the year [2013]. Goliyoun Ka Rasleela – Ramleela is a bona fide hit at the box office and also received critical acclaim. I am really happy with the way things have gone last year. I would describe Lootera as a step forward and Goliyoun Ka Rasleela – Ramleela as a giant leap forward in my career. All the nominations that I have received for my work in Goliyoun Ka Rasleela – Ramleela at various award functions have also validated my belief that I had a good past year. I feel good but it’s done and in the past. I am only looking forward to this year and my forthcoming releases Gunday and Kill Dil.

 

 

You play a quiet character in Gunday. That is very opposite to how you are in real life…
Well, it’s not as quiet as you would think if you are using the word at the outset. You have to really see the film and you will realise that it’s not Ram-Lakhan or Jai-Veeru. It’s Lakhan-Lakhan or Veeru-Veeru. It’s as if both of the characters are full of life. It’s just that in a conflict or dramatic situation, one of them acts impulsively, that is the character played by Arjun Kapoor. My character is a rather calculating guy. He calculates situations in order to make a smart move. The other guy is loose cannon. He doesn’t think. My character, Vikram, is a mastermind. He has just been blessed with a sharp mind and is a real hustler.

 

Gunday Music Launch - Ranveer

Two trailers of the film have been released. Don’t you think that too much of the film has already been revealed?
No, not really. The most important things for me is that an audience going to see the film should know what they are going to get out of the film in order to avoid disappointment. I have seen a lot of trailers in my life that promised something, yet I came out of the films saying “This is not what I went to see”. Somehow you just feel disappointed and think that you saw something that you weren’t expecting. I think, Gunday has a lot to offer and we are not misleading our audience about what they will see when they come to cinemas. There is no question of too much being given away because the two-and-a-half hours have so much to offer that no one will feel that too much was revealed already.

 

Your dance steps and expressions in a song from Gunday, Tune Maari Entriyaan, remind me of Govinda…
It’s unintentional but I will admit that I grew up on Govinda, Anil Kapoor and the Khans. I was a 90s baby and I was consuming everything that was popular. Govinda is my foundation for performance. In a song like Tune Maari Entryiaan, what will come out of me will probably be inspired by Govinda. The most surreal thing is that now I am sharing screen space with him. He is someone I looked up to and after watching his films I would say “Someday even I want to be a hero.” He is really my idol and inspiration, in the true sense of the word. The first morning he came on set for Kill Dil, I turned to Shaad Ali (director) and asked him, “Do you realise what is happening?” It was such a dream come true to be directed by Shaad in a film produced by YRF that also stars Govinda. I can’t even describe the feeling of working with him. I have always dreamt of becoming an actor. Whenever I envisioned it, the director would be Shaad and the producer would be Yash Raj Films. That is all in place.

 

 

Gunday is primarily about friendship. What is friendship for you?
Friendship for me is a bond. A lot of things go into that bond e.g. trust, dependability, reliability, sharing good and bad times. Your friend has to be your confidante and your pillar of support. I have been blessed to have really close buddies. I’d take a bullet for any of them without batting an eyelid and I’m sure they would do the same for me. I know of people who unfortunately, never had these kinds of relationships. Friends are the special relationships in life that you choose. I know of people who never had that kind of connection with anyone. I know a little bit about what it means to have a friend who you think of as more than just a friend, who is almost like a brother that you never had.

 

Gunday - UK Release (3)

You are really experimenting with your style and outfits off-screen recently…
It’s just that I’m bored. It is out of sheer boredom. I could not be asked to wear one more black suit. It’s either black, grey or dark blue. It’s the same thing over and over again. I got really bored and wanted to wear something different, for my own amusement. I understand that it polarises the fashionistas out there. Some love it, some hate it, some think it’s outstanding and some think it’s ghastly. But that’s okay. I dress for myself. If I feel good about what I’m wearing when I step out, that is all what matters. But yes, sometimes I look back and think, “That suit was really ghastly. I don’t know what I was thinking.” But still, it’s okay because in the moment it seemed fine and it’s something different.

 

Your last film Goliyoun Ka Rasleela – Ramleela performed better than most releases in the UK last year beating films like Krrish 3, earning almost £1 million at the UK box office. What are your expectations from Gunday now?
Wow, that is some amazing statistics. I do think that it has a lot to do with Deepika’s star value and most of all Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s brand value in the overseas market. But I did benefit from it. A lot of people watched it and I hope people liked my work. I think people have me in their mind and will watch my next film. Gunday is a big film, which I think will be enjoyed by UK audiences. It’s a credible mass entertainer. A mass entertainer has almost become an insult as they are films with no stories, item numbers and a few gags. I am very proud that Gunday is not like that and has a very good story.

 

GUNDAY releases in UK cinemas on 14th February 2014.  

(This interview was first published in Asian Sunday Newspaper, 9th February 2014)

 

Gunday Merchandise on yrfstore.com

Yash Raj Films, India’s premiere film studio, has released a unique range of merchandise to promote its much-anticipated film Gunday– an exciting range from the popular brands Its Our Studio and Bewakoof.

Bewakoof.com is an apparel youth brand, popular for its t-shirts based on fresh and humorous ideas, and known to be statement makers. For Gunday, the brand has designed an exciting range of T-shirts available exclusively at http://www.bewakoof.com. The collection includes dialogue prints like “Hamare Tevar Alag Hai” and cool Flip Up Tees of Gunday characters ‘Bikram’ and ‘Bala, there is so much to choose from!

Its Our Studio is best known for creating out-of-the-box, sophisticated and functional products for daily use. This range is centered on the theme and character art of Gunday and includes fun products like bullet ice trays, shot glasses and gun mugs.

All this and more is now available on the brand new http://www.yrfstore.com – the official site of YRF Store!

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film stars Ranveer Singh & Arjun Kapoor, as Bikram and Bala, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, in lead roles.

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day – GUNDAY style.

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Gunday - Bullet Ice Tray

Priyanka found ‘Asalaam-e-Ishqum’ filming difficult

Priyanka Chopra in GUNDAYInternational recording artist and actress Priyanka Chopra, who had to slip into several outfits like corsets, fishnet stockings, and train with French cabaret dancers for the song Asalaam-e-Ishqum from her forthcoming film Gunday, says it was difficult to do the track.

“It was a really tough song for me to do and I’m glad it’s being appreciated,” Priyanka said in a statement.

The video is inspired by the chic burlesque acts of the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret of Paris.

She reportedly had a tough time shooting for the song as her father (Ashok Chopra) passed away a few days before the shoot in the summer of 2013. The costumes too had to be created overnight.

“I really admire Priyanka for the courage and determination that she displayed during the shooting of the song. She put in all her pain and converted it into an intense energy, which has reflected in ‘Asalaam e Ishqum‘,” said director Ali Abbas Zafar.

Yash Raj Films will release Gunday in UK cinemas on 14th February 2014. 

Meet the characters of ‘Gunday’

Find out more about the character of Gunday, releasing in UK cinemas on 14th February 2014 through Yash Raj Films.

Ranveer Singh as ‘Bikram’
This is 1987 and Calcutta lives and swears by the legend of Bikram and Bala. If Bala is the muscle, Bikram is the mind. Bikram, the elder of the inseparable duo, is the driving force of their illegal business. Ruggedly handsome, charming with a deep inner strength, Bikram will go to any extent for those he loves. His maturity belies his age and experience. He trusts his guts and sticks to his guns.

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Gunday - UK (1)

Arjun Kapoor as ‘Bala’
If Bikram is the ice, Bala is the fire. Younger of the two, he is impulsive like a child and possesses a tendency to boil over at odd confrontations. Strongly built, Bala is passionate and fiercely loyal to the one close to his heart. He is expressive and honest and doesn’t know when to hold back his emotions. An artist at heart, he is gracious and generous with the needy. He lets his actions speak more than his words, especially at the heat of the moment.

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Gunday - UK Release

Priyanka Chopra as ‘Nandita’
At a time when Calcutta saw the rise of Bikram and Bala, another name became just as known… Nandita. There was a mystery to Nandita, a pretty Calcutta girl by daytime, she transforms into an alluring diva by evening. All admirers who ever set foot on the Calcutta cabaret floor, vouched for one thing – Nandita was the most beautiful dancer to have ever graced a night-club. It was her beauty and charisma that drew Bikram and Bala to her instantly.

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Irrfan Khan as ‘Satya’
ACP Satyajeet Sarkaar, is a rogue cop who is a legend within the Calcutta Police. He has a history of catching the most notorious of criminals by playing by his own unconventional rules. He enjoys a good duel with his adversaries. A scheming mind, a crafty warrior and a man with an ice cool temperament – he is a great judge of a situation. Whether to go for a kill or to hold back, not many are blessed with such strategic insights. His demeanour keeps him one step ahead of his opponents.

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Gunday - UK

Watch: ‘Jashn-E-Ishqa’ from ‘Gunday’

Jashn E Ishqa

Yash Raj Films has released the first song from their upcoming Valentines Day release Gunday.

Jashn-E-Ishqa is a celebration of the life and friendship of the two happy-go-lucky renegades (Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh) who came to be known as Gunday.

Before they knew the world, they knew each other. Such was their bond, such was their friendship. For Bikram and Bala, friendship was the essence of life, the most vibrant colour.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and Produced by Aditya Chopra, the film stars Ranveer Singh & Arjun Kapoor, as Bikram and Bala, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, in lead roles.

Yash Raj Films will release Gunday on 14th February 2014 in UK cinemas.

 

Trailer of ‘Gunday’ released at DIFF

The trailer of Gunday was unveiled at the decennial edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) yesterday in the presence of the film’s stars Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and leading lady Priyanka Chopra along with director Ali Abbas Zafar.

Watch the trailer here:

The much awaited trailer proved to be an explosive and delightful treat for fans and press alike, leaving the audience eagerly anticipating the release worldwide on 14th February 2014.

Gunday-NanditaThe trailer unveil was followed up by an ‘In Conversation with Gunday’ session which included a lively discussion between Priyanka Chopra, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and Ali Abbas Zafar who discussed the making-of and all components of the film.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra, the screening of the Gunday trailer marked a key Festival milestone as the first Indian Film to have its trailer premier at DIFF.

Based in Calcutta during its most unsettled times in the ‘70’s, the film deals with the inseparable life of Bikram and Bala. The story of 2 boys, boys who became refugees!

Refugees who became gun couriers… Gun Couriers who became coal bandits and coal bandits who became Calcutta’s most loved, most celebrated, most reckless, most fearless, most powerful!

A story of two happy-go-lucky renegades who came to be known as… GUNDAY!

GUNDAY TEAM at DIFF 2

 

‘Gunday’ trailer to premiere at Durban International Film Festival

Gunday this Valentine's Day

The trailer of Yash Raj Films’ forthcoming Gunday will be unveiled at the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) in the presence of the film’s stars Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor and leading lady Priyanka Chopra along with director Ali Abbas Zafar.

The much awaited trailer will be premiered on Friday, 13th December at the Madinat Theatre and it promises to be an explosive and delightful treat for all fans and press alike.

Gunday will be the first Indian Film to have its trailer premier at the Dubai International Film Festival.

Based in Calcutta during its most unsettled times in the ‘70’s, the film deals with the inseparable life of Bikram and Bala, who grew from being small time, inconsequential coal thieves, to becoming the most powerful black marketing mafia-men. A story of two happy-go-lucky renegades who came to be known as – Gunday.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and Produced by Aditya Chopra, Gunday is slated to release in UK cinemas on Valentines Day – 14th February 2014.

YRF and Bappi Lahiri come together for ‘Gunday’

GundayYRF’s Gunday starring Ranveer Singh & Arjun Kapoor, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, in lead roles will see Bappi Da in action!

It’s hard to imagine Hindi music of the 80’s without Bappi Lahiri. Even harder to fathom pop music from Kolkata minus its beloved Bappi Da. So, when director Ali Abbas Zafar decided to make a cabaret song for Gunday, set in Calcutta of the 80’s, Bappi da was an inevitable choice. It brings together YRF and Bappi da for the very first time.

“For months we were trying to come up with this Cabaret song, but a good melody was eluding us”, says Sohail Sen, the composer of Gunday. “It is meant to be Priyanka Chopra’s introduction song in the film, it had to be special.” Then one day, a melody fell into place. It was bang on. It’s a number that combines jazz with brass and drums, something that was hugely popular in those days. With not too many days left for the shoot, the team got into action immediately.

Neha Bhasin, who had earlier sung Dhunki from YRF’s Mere Brother Ki Dulhan was roped in to be Priyanka’s voice for this song. And when it came to the male voice for Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, both Ali and Sohail were very clear – “It had to be Bappi da”. In contemporary times, his is perhaps the only voice that strikes a chord with all age groups. And the magic that he generates is something only he alone can do.

Bappi da was thrilled to be a part of Gunday. He added some of his characteristic nuances to the song that were a rage in the 80s. “I’m very excited to be a part of this, I have worked with Sohail’s father Sameer many years ago and now I’m working with his talented son. This song is a guaranteed crowd puller, especially in Kolkata.”

Gunday is slated to release in UK cinemas on Valentine’s Day, 14th February 2014. It is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and Produced by Aditya Chopra.

‘Gunday’ to release on Valentines Day 2014

Gunday this Valentine's Day YRF’s Gunday, directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra, is slated to release on 14th February 2014.

The film stars Ranveer Singh & Arjun Kapoor, as Bikram and Bala, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, in lead roles.

Based in Calcutta during its most unsettled times in the ‘70’s, the film deals with the inseparable life of Bikram and Bala, who grew from being small time, inconsequential coal thieves, to becoming the most powerful black marketing mafia-men. A story of two happy-go-lucky renegades who came to be known as – Gunday.

 

 

“Gunday” recreates real life Calcutta of the ’80’s

Ranveer and Arjun in GundayYash Raj Films’ Gunday starring international artist Priyanka Chopra has started its next schedule in Kolkata.

The Gunday team recreated a ‘80s Calcutta’ and shot a dramatic Durga Puja sequence under the Howrah Bridge bringing Kolkata to a standstill.

A crowd of over 1000 ecstatic and overjoyed people could be heard chanting slogans – “Joy Bikram! Joy Bala!” The city of Joy is reveling in friendship between Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, both onscreen and off screen.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra, the film stars Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor, as Bikram and Bala, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, in lead roles.

During Calcutta’s most unsettled times, the inseparable Bikram and Bala, grew from being small time, inconsequential wagon breakers and coal thieves, to becoming the biggest and most powerful black marketing mafia-men. As the infamy of these two renegades spread far and wide… the People of this sprawling city started calling these two happy-go-lucky rebels… GUNDAY.

The actors also attended a press conference in the city. Check out these photos:

 

Gunday Press Conference in Kolkata (4)

 

Gunday Press Conference in Kolkata (3)

 

Gunday Press Conference in Kolkata (2)

 

Gunday Press Conference in Kolkata (1)

 

Photos: Spice PR

Arjun Kapoor’s dance in ‘Gunday’

GundayArjun Kapoor who is known for action and was seen in Ishaqzaade doing some good action scenes, is all set to flaunt some dancing moves in his next film. Arjun has learnt some specific moves only for this one song in the film.

A source close to the actor says, “The film has a song sequence in which Arjun will be performing alongside professional dancers from West Bengal. This is the first time that this art form will be seen in a Hindi film. 

A traditional tribal martial dance that has its regional roots in Purulia distric in West Bengal, Purulia Chhau features mask-wearing dancers who perform energetic movements, including stunts, somersaults and acrobatics.

The source adds, “Arjun practiced the dance for a few days to match the technique and energy of these dancers. The song was recently shot at Yash Raj Studios.”

Set in Kolkata, Gunday is being looked upon as one of the big films of this year. It stars Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra. The source informs us, “A few portions of the film have already been shot in Mumbai. A long schedule in Kolkatawill begin soon.”

The film will be released by Yash Raj Films in UK cinemas. 

First Look: ‘Gunday’

Yash Raj Films’ Gunday started its first shooting schedule in Mumbai recently.

Directed by Ali Abbas Zafar and produced by Aditya Chopra, the film stars Ranveer Singh & Arjun Kapoor, as Bikram and Bala repectively, along with Priyanka Chopra and Irrfan Khan, in lead roles.

Synopsis: During Calcutta’s most unsettled times in the early 70’s, the inseparable Bikram and Bala, grew from being small time, inconsequential wagon breakers and coal thieves, to becoming the biggest and most powerful black marketing mafia-men. As the infamy of these two renegades spread far and wide… the people of this sprawling city started calling these two happy-go-lucky rebels…Gunday.

The film is scheduled for a late 2013 release through Yash Raj Films.

Gunday