Just in time for Valentine's Day, how about a bromance with a side of love triangle?
In Gunday, Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor — who both tend to look like they could use a shower and a shave — play buddies Bikram and Bala, orphans from the 1971 war that gave birth to modern Bangladesh. Both actors have recently starred in bullet-heavy Romeo and Juliet adaptations, so violence meets romance seems to be their shtick. Here, the pair escape war's bloodshed by going to Calcutta (now Kolkata) and turning into gunday — goons for hire — so they can cause bloodshed themselves. Eventually they're the top gangsters in town, attracting the scrutiny of police officer Satyajeet Sarkar, played by critically acclaimed actor Irrfan Khan. (You know him as the grownup Pi Patel in Life of Pi and the cop in Slumdog Millionaire.)
Dancing around causing lust and thereby trouble in gun-slinging bromance paradise is Priyanka Chopra, Miss World 2000 and a recent Tampa visitor to promote the upcoming India International Film Academy Awards. Because this is Bollywood, the love triangle will end after much singing and dancing with one man winning over Chopra's Nandita, a cabaret dancer.
A very happy Valentine's Day to the one who loses out.
Gunday, with subtitles, opens Friday.
Caitlin E. O'Conner, Times staff writer