Banners: Pioneer Films & Entertainment LLP, Sarayu Vision
Producers: Asif Kazi, Manoj Menon
Director: Abhik Bhanu
Cast: Jimmy Sheirgill, Vijay Raaz, Sanjay Mishra, Vrajesh Hirjee, Tara Alisha Berry, Bidita Bag
Writer: Abhik Bhanu
Music: Rimi Dhar
Gun Pe Done directed by Abhik Bhanu is a classic example of how badly one can mess up a film, even with good actors.
The story, if one can call it that, is about a gangster called Kamachi Bhai who is mesmerised by a budding actress named Razia. Kamachi goes to Razia’s house to hire her to perform for him and his politician boss and the woman’s boyfriend, Pancham Singh, pushes her to do it for the `1 crore she will be paid. After the deal is closed, Sanjana, a journalist, comes to Razia and Pancham with her crew because they want to do a sting operation on the politician mafia boss. Pancham then has the idea of sending Sanjana to perform for the gangsters instead of his girlfriend Razia. How this confusion then causes chaos forms the crux of this hopeless story.
The film has clearly been shot a long time ago, as is evident through the not-so-subtle indications like the much-flaunted currency notes from the pre-demonetisation era.
The script seems like it was written on a whim with no thought to logic or common sense. The plot of Pancham getting the bright idea of sending Sanjana to an event in the guise of his girlfriend Razia is laughable because they do not look, talk or behave like each other at all.
The film is shot very abruptly, jumping from one sequence to another without following any linear narrative.
The songs are bad to say the least, and the item-number-like picturisation used for a couple of them will raise several eyebrows in the 2019 women’s empowerment era. It really is disheartening to see some of the key players in this film, make such a huge error in judgment as selecting this project.
Performance-wise, a badly styled Jimmy Sheirgill tries to save the day by being comedian, lover boy and action hero all at once, but fails miserably in all departments. Vijay Raaz, whom we just appreciated in Gully Boy, delivers a disappointing performance, and so does noted film and theatre actor Sanjay Mishra. Vrajesh Hirjee is bad and so are the leading ladies, Tara Alisha Berry and Bidita Bag.