Gunda (film)

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Gunda
Gunda film poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Kanti Shah
Produced by Anil Singh
Written by Bashir Babbar
Starring Mithun Chakraborty
Mukesh Rishi
Ishrat Ali
Shakti Kapoor
Music by Anand Raj Anand
Distributed by Maruti Films
Release dates
  • September 4, 1998 (1998-09-04)
Running time
129 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget $60 million
Box office $62 million

Gunda is a 1998 Indian crime film, directed by Kanti Shah. It stars Mithun Chakraborty, Mukesh Rishi, Shakti Kapoor among many others. It was produced by Anil Shah, written by Bashir Babbar, and the musical score was provided by Anand Raj Anand.

Plot[edit]

Lambu Aatta kills one of the accomplices of Bulla (who always keeps 'it' open) and initiates the war, later Bulla settles the score by killing Lambu Aata's brother. Lambu Aatta bounces back by raping and subsequently killing Bulla's sister. Bulla is ultimately able to kill Lambu Aatta and win the war. Now the undisputed leader of the underworld, Bulla is hired by a corrupt politician Bachubhai Bhigona (Deepak Shirke) to murder his rival.

Shankar then goes on a rampage and starts killing all of Bulla's accomplices one by one, starting with Gulshan. Shankar finds Ibu Hatela attempting to rape a girl, and beheads him too. However, when he tries to assassinate the politician Bachubhai Bhigona, a sniper from another car kills Bhigona. Shankar is caught and charged for the murder, and is sentenced to a life term in prison. Shankar escapes prison the same night, and goes after Inspector Kale. Shankar is then ambushed by several Kung-fu trained goons with knives, submachine guns and grenades. Shankar thrashes them and kills Kale.

The action quickly switches to a coal mine, where Bulla tries to use the adopted baby which he thinks is Shankar's daughter to gain leverage in the fight. Soon Bulla realizes that the baby is his own, he still uses the baby as a shield. Shankar rescues the girl with the help of his monkey, Tinchu. Again the scene switches to airport where Kala Shetty comes with a helicopter to save Bulla. With a brief fight Shankar kills Kala Shetty and finally Bulla.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Ravi Balakrishnan of The Economic Times states "The Mithun Chakarborthy-starrer has gained a surprising amount of cult popularity over the last year and a half or so, with several adulatory reviews and even fan-sites cropping up. But when we first saw Gunda, back in 2005, a full seven years after its unheralded release in 1998, it was the first any of us had heard of the film or its prolific director, Kanti Shah."[1] Mayank Shekhar of the Mumbai Mirror says that "Gladwell hasn’t seen Gunda (probably, neither have you). He must. He’d be glad. In my living memory, I have yet to notice a more startling revelation of the mysterious ‘tipping point’ anywhere of my social circle. Over the past few months, about four unrelated sources from three parts of the world have asked me if I’d seen Kanti Shah’s Gunda."[2] "Watch Gunda, so that you can say to your grandkids that you were part of the generation that saw it first" says Kamayani Sharma of The ILIKE Times.[3] IMDB rating is 8.3 out of 10 based on 5808 users[4]

Business[edit]

According to the latest reports the gross box collections for the movie are estimated to be around Rs. 3.06 crore (30.6 million).[5]

Controversy[edit]

On its release in 1998, the film had to be withdrawn from theaters due to complaints received by the Central Board of Film Certification from college girls who were appalled by the excessive violence, sex and obscenity in the film. The film had earlier been rejected by the Central Board for Film Certification due to use of filthy language and obscenity, it was later passed with an A certificate after the film makers made changes to the film. It was alleged that the version running in theaters prior to the withdrawal was the unedited print.The cases filed from Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore have since been withdrawn and the movie has also been cleared [6]

The movie came in highlights after writer and columnist Chetan Bhagat in his Times of India column claimed that contemporary movies have better content than films like Gunda.[7] This drew protests typically on blogs[8] and Twitter[9] amongst Gunda fans. One of the flaws in Bhagat's column as pointed out by a blogger was that Gunda was released in 1998 whereas Chetan Bhagat quoted it to be a movie of the 80's. Gunda fans have strongly reacted against Bhagat's comments, asking him to leave writing books, in the style of a clichéd Hindi movie script.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "An A of the B-grade". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Bulla, khullam khulla!". Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  3. ^ Gunda Movie Review
  4. ^ "Gunda". IMDB. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  5. ^ "IBOS Page for Gunda". IBOS Network - Box Office Collections. Retrieved 14 April 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ "Mithun's Gunda goes off screens after protests". Indian Express. 1998-09-24. Retrieved 2008-04-18. 
  7. ^ Chetan Bhagat "The great Indian psychotherapy"
  8. ^ Greatbong "Losing My Religion"
  9. ^ "Twitter ZalZalaJaagUtha Hashtag
  10. ^ "Losing My Religion"

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