Director – Zoya Akhtar
Writer – Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti
Cast – Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Sidhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhas, Sheeba Chadha, Vijay Varma, Vijay Maurya, Jyoti Subhash
Zoya Akhtar’s new film Gully Boy is based on the lives of Divine and Naezy. Who lives in the slum area of Dharavi. Gully Boy is a story of a slum boy from Dharavi whose dreams are more bigger than his reality. Who made his journey from streets to rap-star while everyone is against his dreams.
But the film has many layers: It’s also about the coming age of Murad and his discovery and understanding of who he really is and what he stands for. In this case, it’s about finding your expression through poetry and rap. It’s also a beautiful story of love, and on some level, it’s a letter of love to Mumbai-a city where the haves and the needy exist in a tentative kind of peace, where the sky is burning.
Ranveer Singh’s extraordinary performance as Murad. And the lyrics and music that feel as much as the story and the performances.
The songs are powerful and full of powerful words that resonate in their respective situations in particular. Murad, who has an abusive father, raps the plight of his mother, the search for freedom, the fulfillment of his dreams and the importance of authenticity.
Indeed, it’s a word that’s often thrown around in the movie. The rappers have integrity and authenticity that is important to them, and they are very proud to repeat this repeatedly. Authentic is also the word I would use to describe the narration and filmmaking. This is a world clearly embedded in by the writers. This is not an outsider’s view of these people and their lives and homes; it is a highly observed portrait, a world lived in, and that’s why it never feels fake. The dialog, the lingo, the punchlines are real. But much of this credit must be shared with the technical team that creates such an immersive cinematic experience seamlessly.
The rest of the cast, including Vijay Raaz as his brutal father, Vijay Verma as Murad’s car mechanic friend Moeen, Vijay Raaz and his long-suffering mother is Amruta Subhash. The most remarkable thing is a young actor named Siddhant Chaturvedi who plays MC Sher, the rapper who takes his wing from Murad under and introduces him to the world of rap battles. He has a lovely presence and leaves a lasting impression.
Gully Boy Ratings
Critic rating – 3.6/5
Audience rating – 4.4/5
IMDB rating – 8.6/10