Rapping is a popular form of music around the world. It rose above the streets and has now become the favorite music form of every section of the society. In India also two rappers became very famous in the field of rapping, they are Divine and Naezy. Gully Boy, directed by Zoya Akhtar, which hit the theaters this week, is more or less based on the lives of Divine and Naezy, which automatically became a promotion for the film. Apart from this, the presence of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt gave a different headlines to the film. So does Gully Boy live up to the expectations and emerge as a complete entertainer or does it fail in its endeavor, let’s review.
Gully Boy is the story of a cowardly slum dweller whose life is transformed by his talent. Murad (Ranveer Singh) is a college student who lives in Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai. He is in a relationship with a medical student, Safina (Alia Bhatt), who hails from a conservative upper caste Muslim family. Tension prevails in Murad’s house as his father Shakir (Vijay Raj) brings a second wife, who happens to be with his mother Razia (Amrita Subhash). Meanwhile, one day an upcoming rapper MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) performs at Murad’s college and he is shocked. After all, Murad’s heartfelt desire has always been in rapping. MC Sher asks aspiring artists to meet him one day and Murad doesn’t miss the opportunity. MC Sher takes a liking to Murad and encourages him to rap in public. However, Murad is not able to give full time this passion. He is forced to join his father’s work as his father gets a fracture in his leg. He gets complicated because of his social status. What happens next after this, it will be known after watching the rest of the film.
The story of Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar is captivating. Murad’s character and the world around him are very well written. will not get life again  and let the heart beat  Those who criticize Zoya for showing the world of the rich in me, will be surprised to see Gully Boy. Apart from this, the writers have also taken care that their film does not look like the story of just a rapper. The film depicts passion, ambition and at the same time makes an important commentary on poverty, social status, child crime, polygamy etc. The screenplay by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar is highly effective. A lot of research has been done for the film which is visible. Many sequences are very powerful. Vijay Maurya’s dialogues add to the impact of the film as he is very flamboyant. Murad’s poems are written by Javed Akhtar and have their own charm.
Zoya Akhtar’s direction is once again exemplary and she proves that she manages to establish and conquer the diverse world of her film. However, the film also has some flaws and seeing which it seems that it would have been better if they were taken care of. Even the second half is quite long. Basically it feels like watching a movie for three hours. Some characters like Safina and Skye are quite interesting but they don’t have much to do and they easily get lost in the middle of the film. Also the tone and theme of the film is such that will not appeal to every audience across India. The film also featured a rap battle where it seems that they are having a personal fight. There is a possibility that some viewers may not like such a scene.
Gully Boy is not a normal entertainer and this is known from the very first scene of the film. However, the pace of the film is quite good and takes you easily into the world of characters. Safina’s entry adds to the fun in the film and the scene where she scolds Albina, who shows her interest in Murad, will make you laugh. Murad’s struggles and his bond with MC Sher are also well portrayed. Some of the scenes are shot extravagantly like Murad’s first performance. The scene in the first half when Murad comes up with the idea to sing “Doori” in the car. After the interval, the interest wanes a bit. The film begins to drag on and a lot of plots run together. Thankfully, the climax of the film is beautiful. takes the film forward.The film’s wealth wins hearts.
Ranveer Singh is seen completely absorbed in his character. He is ten years older than Murad in real life and still manages to play the role of a college student. Even as a rapper, he dominates and not once does it seem that he is merely playing the role of it. The scene where he plays fiddle with MC Sher in the first half is worth watching. It is quite commendable for the L lead actor to do so. Alia Bhatt is seen in many forms. His role will be liked and looking at his role, it seems that he would have got more screen time. Siddhant Chaturvedi makes a strong start. He plays an important role and will definitely become a topic of discussion. Kalki Koechlin leaves a tremendous impression in a small role. Vijay Verma (Moin) is satisfactory. Vijay Raaz is very good and makes an impact, especially before the climax. Amrita Subhash is good. Shrishti Srivastava (Albina) is funny. Jyoti Subhash (Murad’s grandmother) makes her presence felt in an important scene in the second half. Others are fine.
The film has a lot of songs and none of them are traditional chartbusters in keeping with the theme of the film. But some songs are really good. ‘Apna Time Aayega’ is the best and takes the film to a different level. ‘Meri Gali Mein’ is a peppy number while ‘Azaadi’ is interesting. ‘Doori’ is heartwarming. ‘Sher Aaya Sher’ is good. The background score is in line with the film.
Jai Ojha’s cinematography is superb and gives the film a great look. Even in the finale, the lensman’s fine work adds to the impact of the film. Arjun Bhasin and Pooranmrita Singh’s outfits are stylish and realistic. The action of Manohar Verma and Sunil Rodrigues is also quite real. After this, Alia Bhatt’s action sequence is choreographed and this is one of the high points of the film. Suzanne Caplan Merwanji’s production design is authentic. Nitin Baid’s editing is stylish but could have been crisper in the second half.
Overall, Gully Boy is a fun and heart touching entertainer. It will surely appeal to the youth and urban cine-lovers. At the box office, the film’s four-day weekend will surely turn out to be a win-win deal for its makers.