Those who have watched the promos of Yash Raj films’ upcoming movie Gunday must have noticed the rustic impact of Yash Chopra’s yesteryear hits like Kaala Patthar and Deewar, particularly the style in which the film’s title is written. Now it’s director Ali Abbas Zafar has admitted that the movie is roughly inspired from these two movies. Zafar informed that the Gunday’s script was the last one that legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra heard.
The film is based in Kolkata during the unsettled times of the 70s and deals with the inseparable life of Bikram and Bala (Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor), who grow from being small time, inconsequential coal thieves, to becoming the most powerful black marketing mafia men. Produced by Aditya Chopra, ‘Gunday’ is slated to release worldwide on February 14.
“It is a special film for all four of us. This was the last script great Yash Chopra heard. He loved the script and believed in it. It is somewhere in lot of what inspired by his films ‘Kaala Patthar’…’Deewar’, it is set in the time when he was making films,” Ali told reporters here last evening.
“We hope we can do justice to it. We want to dedicate the film to him. For us, every film is a journey… we had a great time making it,” the director added. The promos of the film reminds one of Amitabh Bachchan and Shatrughan Sinha in ‘Kaala Patthar’. On this, Ali says, “It’s a big compliment for all of us. The whole film is set in Kolkata… it starts in 1971 after the war. One of the reasons of the war was lot of illegal immigration happening in the country from Bangladesh.
“The backdrop is the most important thing in a story. In 1970s and 80s black marketing was a huge thing and coal was a major part of black marketing. That is why I chose to have the backdrop of coal,” he added.