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GULLY BOY - Review by BOMBAY TALKIES

By Bombay Talkies 01 09, 2020 | 10:39 PM
GULLY BOY

THE STORY :

Gully Boy is  inspired by the lives of underground rappers Naezy and Divine. Written by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar and directed by Zoya Akhtar, the film is as real as they come. Set in the bylanes of Dharavi ,the hardships faced by the lead character Murad (Ranveer Singh) who is the Gully Boy is the son of a driver (Vijay Raaz) studying in college. Murad's father has brought in another wife, a much younger woman, much to his mother's chagrin. Murad is in a relationship with Safeena (Alia Bhatt) since they were in school. They have been able to keep it clandestine. She's a medical student aspiring to become a surgeon and is in a better financial condition than Murad as her father is a general practitioner. He chances upon MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) in a college fest and feels he too can rap. Sher becomes his mentor and advises him to listen to his heart and write. They become friends with Sky (Kalki Koechlin), a musician studying in Berkeley college who wants to introduce Mumbai street sound to the world. They cut an album with her help which becomes an instant sensation on YouTube. He further gets a chance to take part in a music contest that could win him  Rs. 10 lakhs and a chance to open the concert of an international rapper coming to India. Emotional and financial hurdles come in his way and how Murad keeps his faith and realises his dream forms the crux of the film. 


CRITICAL & TRADE ANALYSIS :-

The film is  superbly written and directed and comes off like a whiff of fresh air.  The film's underlying message is to learn from your discomforts. “Duniya mein sab comfortable hote to rap kaun karta,” says one character, summing up the philosophy of the film. The other message of the film is that everyone is flawed and the way forward is to accept them with their flaws. One of Murad's friends, Moin (Vijay Verma), is a drug pusher and a car thief. Though Moin lures him towards crime, he's honest about himself and advices Murad to to do something worthwhile with his life. Alia Bhatt is the girlfriend of Murad who  is super jealous and has anger issues. The rap battle scenes look authentic as well. Zoya has cast some great acting talent in her film. Performance Wise, it is all the way a film tailor made for Ranveer Singh. He is outstanding. His climax song number is enough for him to prove his versatility as a great star actor. Alia Bhatt is a scene stealer and her presence in the scenes with Ranveer Singh are remarkable and both together bring the fine moments of cinema. Vijay Raaz looks every inch the abusive father, Vijay Verma has the vibes of a small time crook while Siddhant Chaturvedi is a natural as a seasoned rapper. This is his debut film and he's clearly an actor to watch out for in future. Kalki Koechlin playing a music lover who also has a crush of Ranveer Singh is very good. The rest of the cast who are mostly rap performers are too good.  Musically, it is a treat for the rap song lovers.

At the box-office, the film has proved to be one of the biggest hits of 2019 and it has already crossed a life time business of Rs.200 crores.

Movie Details :

Directed by - Zoya Akhtar

Produced by - Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani

Starring -  Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi

Cinematography -  Jay Oza

Edited by - Nitin Baid

By Bombay Talkies

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