Movie Review: Gully Boy
Producers- Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar
Director- Zoya Akhtar
Star Cast- Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin
The film is the rags to riches story of an ordinary 22 year old Dharavi boy called Murad (Ranveer Singh) who succeeds in chasing his dreams to become an extra ordinary rapper and how his journey leads to him on a spree of adventure while he balances his professional life with his personal life too, with a lot of upheavals. The driving force of the film though is the performance by Ranveer Singh, who single handedly lifts the entire film on his slender shoulders aided by his girl friend Safina (Alia Bhatt) who lives her role as the spirited and volatile short tempered girl who is in love with him and wants to become a surgeon. Your heart goes all out for her when she cries in front of her father to let her continue with her studies. Kalki Koechlin shines in her brief role
The film showcases street rap from the crevices of Mumbai’s by lanes. The poetry by Javed Akhtar is conscious of the city’s socio-economic fabric and highlights the challenges faced by the disenfranchised youth in the minority population of Dharavi. Cinematography by Jay Oza is of first rate, while the rap numbers are catchy and bring down the roof, driving the youth crazy to lap up more
Besides the music which h fits in glove with the theme of the film, the film also has brilliant dialogues by Vijay Maurya, who also plays a small but vital part in the film, which could have easily been reduced to just two hours instead of its current two and a half hours duration. Vijay Raaz as Murad’s father is superb while pint sized bundle of talent Amruta Subhash rises above her role as Murad’s young mother. Based on a real life story inspired loosely by the experiences of real-life Mumbai street rappers Naezy and Divine, both acknowledged upfront in the credits, the film is a slice of life story informed with empathy and solidarity.
Siddhant Chaturvedi is super in the role of the rap singer mentor M C Sher of Murad. To sum up, Gully Boy is a film that will certainly whet your appetite for good films with con tent though there is nothing new by way of novelty as we have seen many films with similar rags to riches tale.
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