Topyaps Rating: 4/5
Headlined by Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh, Gully Boy is one of the eagerly awaited films of 2019, which has been in the news even before it commenced its production. The kind of response the movie has generated after its recent screening ensures that there is enough here for a thrilling ride.
What’s The Film All About?
If you have seen the trailer and have the slightest idea about the underground rapping culture in India, especially in the slums of metropolis Mumbai, you know what the film is all about. Gully Boy is fictionalized retelling of Mumbai-based rappers Naezy and Divine who shot to fame after their rapping videos went viral on YouTube.
Young and brooding Murad (Ranveer Singh) has not seen the world outside the slums of Dharavi, but he wants to break away from the shackles of poverty and deprivation to realize his dream of being a known rapper. While his peevish father (Vijay Raj) is totally against his dreams, he finds support from his extremely possessive girlfriend Safeena Firdausi (Alia Bhatt) and a bunch of friends including MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi). What happens next forms the crux of the story.
What Makes It A Perfect Watch?
We hardly get to see Hindi films which score well in all departments, but Gully Boy does that with panache. Director Zoya Akhtar, who has earlier helmed beautiful films like Luck By Chance (2009), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and Dil Dhadakne Do (2015), outshines her previous works as a filmmaker. Her Gully Boy suspends you in its spell of mood and is more relatable than the director’s past work. Its setting is so real that you feel you are watching the film somewhere in Dharavi.
Coming to performances, Zoya brings out the best in each and every actor that you see on the screen even for a few fleeting seconds. Ranveer shines like a diamond in what could easily be termed as his career’s best performance. His act is so frigging convincing that it allows you to slip into it and sing his raps along. After Padmaavat (2018) and Simmba (2018), Gully Boy is set to be his next blockbuster.
Alia Bhatt is outstanding, too. She does not have a very long role, but the actress lives her character like anything. Her chemistry with Ranveer is terrific and I hope to see them again on the big screen. Newcomer Siddhant Chaturvedi wins your heart almost immediately. As MC Sher, he is exceptionally good. The actor has delivered such an amazing performance that it becomes hard to believe that he has just begun his career in Bollywood. The supporting cast of the movie lends full support to the main cast, especially Vijay Varma, Kalki Koechlin, and Vijay Raaz stand out with their honest performances.
Music of the film is great and goes extremely well with the narrative. It has been scored by Naezy and Divine and some of their contemporaries. Lyrics are impressive! Gully Boy has been shot brilliantly and the credit for it looking so real and authentic goes to cinematographer Zay Oza. Editing is fantastic as well. Having said that, the second half could have been crispier.
Gully Boy is one of the finest pieces of filmmaking that Bollywood has produced of late. It’s thoroughly raw, edgy and inspirational. If you are a huge fan of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, you have already made up your mind about watching it in theatres, but if you are confused whether to go for it or not, I recommend you should not miss it.
Banner: Excel Entertainment, Tiger Baby Productions
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi
Music: Various Artists
Runtime: 155 Minutes