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Movie Review: Gully Boy

3.5
Rapping is a celebrated kind of music worldwide. It came up from the streets and was able to resonate with all sections of society. India too has had a rapping scene and two of them who are actually quite famous in this category are Divine and Naezy. Zoya Akhtar’s GULLY BOY is definitely loosely based on their lives and offers managed to generate huge hype. The presence of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt has also added to the buzz. So does GULLY BOY manage to fulfil all the anticipations and emerge as a total entertainer? Or does it fail to impress? Let’s analyse.


GULLY BOY may be the whole tale of a timid slum dweller whose life adjustments because of his talent. Murad (Ranveer Singh) is normally a school pupil who lives in a slum in Mumbai’s Dharavi. He’s in a romantic relationship with the fiery Safeena (Alia Bhatt), a medical pupil who originates from an orthodox higher caste Muslim family members. There’s stress in Murad’s home as his dad Shakir (Vijay Raaz) gets another wife, very much to the dismay of his mom Razia (Amruta Subhash). On the other hand, one day the next rapper MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) performs in Murad's university and he gets floored. In the end, he’s been thinking about rapping. MC Sher 1 day asks aspiring performers to meet up him and Murad jumps as of this opportunity. MC Sher requires a liking for motivates and Murad him to rap publicly. Murad is hesitant initially but he performs for the audience who provide him thumbs up. MC Sher gets him to shoot a video which becomes extremely popular even. However, Murad struggles to pursue his interest full time. He's compelled to stage into his father’s sneakers and be a chauffeur following the latter fractures his leg. He also offers a complex on account of his social status. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar's story is promising. The character of Murad is very well written and also the world around him. Many who experienced criticized Zoya for showing the world of the elite in ZINDAGI NA MILEGI DOBARA [2011] and DIL DHADKANE DO [2015] would certainly be surprised. Also the writers have ensured that the film doesn’t turn out to be only a tale of a rapper. It speaks about passion, aspiration and also makes an essential commentary on poverty, interpersonal strata, juvenile delinquency, polygamy etc. Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar's screenplay is definitely highly effective. A complete lot of research has gone in to the film and it displays. Several sequences are effective and you are hit by them hard. The humour comes out perfectly even. Vijay Maurya's dialogues additional enhance the impact because they are acidic. The poems of Murad are penned by Javed Akhtar plus they possess their own charm.

Zoya Akhtar's path is exemplary just as before and she proves she actually is worthy of environment her film in different world yet emerging victorious. Nevertheless, the film includes a few tough edges and one wants she had looked after it. The next half is pretty lengthy. Actually, it feels as though one is viewing a three hour lengthy film. A few individuals like Safeena and Sky (Kalki Koechlin) are interesting but they don’t have much to do and are conveniently disappeared in the middle. Also the tone and the theme of the film is such that it won’t appeal to audiences pan India. The film features scenes of rap battle where one is supposed to roast the opponent and get personal. Such scenes may put off a section of the audience.

GULLY BOY is not the usual entertainer and this becomes evident in the first scene itself. However, the goings on are very interesting and suck you into the world of these characters. The entry of Safeena adds to the fun and the sequence where she assaults Albina, a girl who shows interest in Murad, will bring the house down. Murad’s struggles and his bond with MC Sher is also well depicted. A few scenes are exceptionally directed like Murad’s first performance. Another scene that stands out in the first half is when Murad gets the thought of the music 'Doori' in the automobile. Post interval, the curiosity dips a bit. The film gets stretched and has too many sub plots also. The climax is when the film accumulates beautifully thankfully. The film ends on a higher.

Ranveer Singh enters your skin of his personality completely. He is a decade more than Murad in true to life yet he convincingly manages to essay the part of an university student. As a rapper even, he appears like a pro and not once does it feel that he’s acting for the part even. Also look out for the moments where he’s playing second fiddle to MC Sher in the first half. For a lead actor to do so is quite praiseworthy. Alia Bhatt is explosive to say the least. Her role would be loved and she’s so good that one wishes she had more screen time. Siddhant Chaturvedi makes a solid debut. He has a crucial part and would surely be talked about. Kalki Koechlin leaves a tremendous mark in a small role. Vijay Varma (Moeen) is satisfactory. Vijay Raaz is quite nice and makes a direct effect, in the pre climax specifically. Amruta Subhash is good. Shrishti Shrivastava (Albina) can be hilarious. Jyoti Subhash (Murad’s grandmother) makes her existence felt in an essential scene in the next half. Others are good.

There are far too many songs in the non-e and film of them are conventional chartbusters, taking into consideration the theme of the film. But handful of them stand out. 'Apna Time Aayega' offers noticed and requires the film to some other known level. 'Mere Gully Mein' can be peppy while 'Azadi' can be riveting. 'Doori' is fairly touching. 'Sher Aaya Sher', performed during MC Sher's entry can be decent. Background score can be in sync with the film. Jay Oza's cinematography is magnificent and provides the film an excellent look. In the finale even, the lensman's fine work adds to the impact. Arjun Bhasin and Poornamrita Singh's outfit are stylish and practical. Manohar Verma and Sunil Rodrigues’ action can be incredibly genuine. The latter offers choreographed Alia Bhatt's action scene and it’s one of the film’s highpoints. Suzanne Caplan Merwanji's production design is authentic. Nitin Baid's editing is stylish but could have been crisper in the second half.

On the whole, GULLY BOY is a fun and moving entertainer that will surely resonate with the youth and multiplex-frequenting urban audiences. At the box office, the four day weekend will ensure that it emerges a profitable venture for its makers.

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