Our very own “8 Miles” and “Slumdog Millionaire” combined in “Gully Boy” laced with mind-blowing performance, rap and a story about dream and voice from the dingy and dangerous lanes of Dharavi will soon rule the hearts of billion Indians.
Hip Hop and Rap battles are new in India, especially on-screen but if you know the hangouts and dens in metros, it is an upcoming and vibrant culture. Rappers like Divine and Naezy comes from humble beginnings but has a massive fan base and the movie takes a lot of inspiration from their lives.
Zoya Akhtar directorial is cleverly portrayed but the message is simple and on spot – Apna Time Aayega – is possible. Every dream is worth chasing, maybe with a stroke of luck and constant trying, you might finally see the end of the rainbow.
Living on the other side of luck and life, Murad (Ranveer Singh) is a young buck, who wants to make it big, though his social strata are massive hindrance which puts a huge barrier between his dreams and reality.
Living with his family and troublesome father Aftab Sheikh (Vijay Raaz), who is a driver and urge his son to take up a job but Murad’s dream a different and musical, he wants to be a rapper.
The movie chronicles the struggle and painful lives of low-income families. Murad’s struggle looks real as he tries to deal with life; lack of money, lack of respect or opportunities and a broken family.
The hip-hop journey takes the audience to a whole new world of narrow back alleys of the slums, the bond between people and rappers pouring their hearts out with rap-battles. The kaleidoscope of emotions, colors, people, and rhythm is beautifully captured in the film.
Murad has a girl-friend, Safeena (Alia Bhatt), who is a medical student and understands his aspirations and asks him to pursue his dream.
The big winner in the film, Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt – their on-screen chemistry is worth every penny. Murad is the heart and Safeena is the soul of the film. The passion between these two young actors is captured with intense lip-locks and passionate stares. Both Ranveer and Alia are in supreme form and you find yourself applauding their love.
Actor Vijay Raaz, Kalki Koechlin, and Siddhant Chaturvedi deserve applause for making every frame and dialogue worth.
The real hero of the film – Music! Created by holy trinity – Shankar-Ehsaan and Loy along with a series of talented rappers are distinguished and beautifully crafted. Songs like Azadi, Meri Gully Mein, and Apna Time Aayega are ”rapped” to perfection!
Film: Gully Boy
Cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz
Direction: Zoya Akhtar