DKODING’S Verdict: Ranveer Singh kills it yet again
Director Zoya Akhtar who has always been alleged to narrate stories that encircle the life of the rich and mighty has thrashed that perception with Gully Boy. Her finesse as a Director and flair for story telling shines out loud with this sensitive yet strong narration. Akhtar has managed to weave a truly inspirational story emulating from the dark and poverty stricken lives of the underground rappers Divine and Naezy.
Its refreshing that for a change this time Dharavi – Asia’s largest slum is producing art and artistic talent as opposed to criminals and gangsters shown in previous Bollywood films. Apna time ayega written by Divine and Ankur Tewari captures the aspiration, ambition and angst of these teenagers with brilliance.
Gully boy laced with powerful storytelling opens the audiences eyes to an alternate world and experiences. Zoya and Reema’s writing is nothing short of perfection and Vijay Maurya’s dialogues are an absolute cherry on the cake making the film as legit and believable as it gets.
Ranveer Singh as Murad is sensitive and intense with carrying simultaneous beats of being reticent and rebellious at the same time. His life is a constant tussle between reality and dreams and questions if the former should determine the latter. He eventually finds his solace in music that gives him wings that set him free.
In Gully Boy even actors who have played smaller parts whether its Vijay Verma, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sheeba Chaddha, Amruta Subhash or Vijay Raaz have done so with pitch perfection.
Alia Bhatt has a small part but manages to woo the audience as always. Safeena dreams of becoming a surgeon and is head over heels with her boyfriend. Her possessiveness over Murad leads her into the murkiest of scenes. She befits her role impeccably but there is no denying the fact that this film is an out and our Ranveer Singh film.
Many a times Bollywood films based on music don’t get their music right but Gully Boy has impressive tracks which despite being dedicated to a single genre serves both as dialogues as well as narrative. It oozes with rebellious energy compelling the audience to sing along, echoing the sentiment, making them resonate with Murad and his life.
The only downside one can think of is perhaps the length of the film which could easily be brushed under the carpet when there are such powerful performances on display. Yes, Gully Boy is very close to perfection and with its evocative real-life story, it could perhaps be the best modern-day fairytale that came out from the slums of Mumbai.