Rap is poetry with emotion. But you don’t need to know the genre or the legacy of rap music to get into the vibe of Gully Boy. Zoya Akhtar creates a universe that transcends the limits and brackets of what is normal, giving the story of Murad (Ranveer Singh) and his belief in ‘apna time aayega’ a universal appeal. Gully Boy is set against the backdrop of the underground rap scene in Mumbai where every child who can spit lyrics and write bars dreams to one day make his passion his profession. But Gully Boy isn’t just the story of rap, it is also the tale of a mother and son, of love that is possessive and dreams that can’t be caged. Set in Mumbai’s Dharavi slums, Gully Boy narrates the ascent of Murad to the top. His journey is not just limited to his rise as a rap star but also encompasses his personal strife with his abusive father (Vijay Raaz) and an over possessive girlfriend Safeena (Alia Bhatt). Then there is Murad’s sidekick who actually teaches him the craft - Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) and plays a very important role in his journey.
Zoya’s mastery beyond her technical finesse is her ability to build characters that matter. Every character, supporting or lead, has a place in Murad’s narrative in the film. Credit goes to Zoya for being able to dive into the lesser known world of these rappers and their strife. This is a world that Zoya creates and she grabs you by the collar and drags you into this story from the opening frame.
Music plays a very important role in Gully Boy. The songs of the film not only take the story ahead but are also extremely catchy. A major highlight of the film are the face off battles between the rappers. Even if you don’t get rap or follow the style, the lyrics of the songs will keep you engaged. On the technical front, Gully Boy’s cinematography is its strong point. The bylanes and alleys become part of the story and characters.
Performances make Gully Boy an exceptional experience. The lead pair of Ranveer and Alia is pure magic. These two need to be paired again to just showcase their crackling chemistry. Versatility is a tag that Ranveer has acquired with a lot of sweat and blood, and with Gully Boy he takes this tag to another level. His intensity doesn’t feel made up or fake. Just like Alia’s jealousy and angst when she sees her boyfriend with another girl, Ranveer too is able to string together a series of emotions that connect with you in every scene. Alia does most of the talking with her eyes and that gaze which is enough to speak a thousand words.
Gully Boy is Zoya’s best work till date and the reason is because the film is heavy on emotions and will appeal to anyone and everyone who wants to dream and believes in it. Siddhant Chaturvedi who plays Ranveer’s mentor delivers a performance that shines with sincerity and passion. His scenes with Ranveer are fantastic.
Gully Boy is definitely a landmark film that will shine bright on Ranveer and Alia’s eclectic resumes. This is also Zoya’s best work till date and a film that will resonate with anyone who believes in dreams and their manifestation.
5.0 out of 5
Stay tuned to BollywoodLife for the latest scoops and updates from Bollywood, Hollywood, South, TV and Web-Series.
Click to join us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram. Also follow us on Facebook Messenger for latest updates.