Ali Abbas Zafar, who is currently busy shooting for his latest cine on the block Gunday finds soil in Kolkata’s boiling and foaming political scenario, which gives rise to his characters, Bickram and Bala.
Talking about Gunday he says “It is a fictional story but it is based on lot of real events that happened between 1971 and 1988. It is a story of Bikram and Bala who start from being small-time wagon breakers and how with time they become black marketing mafias. While writing the script I very consciously took a decision to base it in Kolkata”. Zafar further gabs “I believe that every story needs a soil and that every story has a certain political, social requirement. And the story we are making required certain kind of set up and Kolkata is the place I decided to set the film in; the film is set between 1971 to 1988,in Kolkata. ”
“It’s quite a politically turbulent city and once you see the film you will understand why these characters take birth in Kolkata and go on their journey, ” quipped Abbas Ali Zafar at a conference held on March 5th who not only finds the city fascinating but picturesque too.
Team Gunday, which includes, Avie-Avie lad Ranveer Singh, desi-gone-videshi babe Priyanka Chopra and Ishaqzaada Arjun Kapoor, who are all viral over Twitter with their fun and frolicking pics from the sets of the film, were in City Of Joy headed by Ali Abbas Zafar. This whole cast assembled are working with each other for the first time, yet have bonded real well.
The YRF Productions’ venture, about the wagon thieves, entering mafia, is slated to release later this year. Although being shot in Kolkata and revolving around Bengali characters,the film is in Hindi, which Ali justifies stating “If you try to push the language too much and if you are not too comfortable, it sounds a bit of mockery and sounds a little superficial and I don’t want to do that. And very consciously we took a decision to stick to one language and that is Hindi.It is set in Kolkata but its soul raises a question for the whole of the country.”