Gully Boy

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Gully Boy is the latest offering from Excel Entertainment written by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, and directed by Akhtar.

Loosely based on the life of street rappers Divine and Naezy it stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, and features Kalki KoechlinVijay Raaz and Siddhant Chaturvedi in supporting roles.

We get to witness Murad(Ranveer Singh) living in a match-box size Mumbai tenement, with his young brother, a put-upon, put-aside mother (Subhash), and a grandmother.

His abusive father (Raaz), a driver, has brought home a second wife, not much older than Murad.

At the same time, we are introduced to the only ray of light in his life: The perky, madly-possessive Safeena (Bhatt) whose support keeps him afloat as he bobs along, doing the odd dodgy job for his pal (Varma), trying to figure out the next step.

A chance encounter with a budding rap artiste MC Sher(Chaturvedi) is like a call to arms: He takes to the words, the rhythm and the poetry

This part can be termed predictable but the treatment, the performance and subtle aspects make all the difference to make his foray into RAP even more enjoyable on screen

The overall Direction by Akhtar once again proves why she is skilled at show casing Complex Human Equations and creates some tense gut wrenching moments

Need Proof?

-The Sequence when Murad’s Father brings home his second wife. The Execution will make you shudder with exasperation

-The Scene when Murad’s Uncle makes him realize his place in the human food chain

-The Sequence that exposes us to the downright inequality existing between the less fortunate and the elitist as Murad is compared to his owner’s daughter

-The Last Sequence leading up to Murad’s Performance and his emancipation when realization hits home that HE IS WORTHY of BEING SOMETHING

There are many more subtle digs and references made by Akhtar while crafting this explosive script

The other 2 ESSENTIAL highlights are:

-The Cinematography that captures Mumbai and Bombay in all their Glory, Fame, Guts, Sweat, Blood, Grime, Hope, Despair and many more such expressions this CITY HAS COME TO REPRESENT

-The Music of Gully Boy truly represents what they set out to do: To elevate and recognize the EMERGING Talent of Hip Hop in our CITY

Now it’s only fair that to show case the talent of this GENRE, the people involved in this movement should be contributing!

And Boy, they DO CONTRIBUTE with such PIZZAZZ.

The Soundtrack assembled by Ankur Tewari does justice to all the artists involved and conveys every mood, every scene with the required effect

Lastly, the one aspect that carries Gully Boy all the way to the end: It’s Performances

Every CHARACTER ACTOR in every MAJOR OR MINOR ROLE NAILS IT!

Vijay Raaz, Vijay Varma, Sheeba Chaddha, Vijay Maurya(also the Dialogue Writer) play out their roles with ease thereby just settling into their characters

Kalki does show case spunk in the limited time she is assigned, however we would have loved to see some more screen time

The ONES THAT TRULY STAND OUT:

-Siddhant Chaturvedi in his debut performance leaves us wondering if this was truly a DEBUT or he’s just a SEASONED ACTOR. He almost singlehandedly laps up the scenes with conviction, zeal and madness  matching Singh step for step

-Alia Bhatt as the feisty Safeena becomes truly reminiscent of what Women Empowerment is supposed to be and look like. A girl wanting to do her own thing, having her ambitions in place and then wanting to also have a partner for JUST letting her be.

She breathes FIRE in every Sequence and makes you believe she is a TRUE BLUE GUNDI

At the same time, it feels good to see WHAT AND HOW A WOMAN TRULY SHOULD VALUE HER WORTH

– Lastly, the sole reason GULLY BOY is what it is: RANVEER SINGH

This son of a gun knows how to change track, switch lanes and does so with alacrity also while bringing a certain amount of restraint to internalize the dilemma, trauma that his character is dealing with

Singh brings a restrained swagger to the part: there is a gentleness to his anger.

His Murad shows that Singh can tamp down on his characteristic boisterousness to create something of value, even though sometimes you can see the effort show.

Any QUIBBLES?

The only thing that might bother is the length, but the journey we are on with Ranveer makes you forget about the passage of time

The VERDICT?

Bhai Log, inka TIME aaya aur Apun Nahi Gaye toh phir toh PUBLIC Yede Ho Gaye Naa….

Bacchi, Bamaai, Banti… Ab Phat Phat Chalo SANEEMA HALL MEIN Bhai Log ka RAP Dekhne aur Gully Boy ko Shout out dene!

HATS OFF TO AKHTAR and TEAM for PAYING SUCH AN AMAZING TRIBUTE TO OUR GULLY BOYS: DIVINE, NAEZY AND ALL THE OTHERS

 

 

 

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