Gully Boy – A Rags To Riches Classic

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Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy had nothing working for it when it was being made – there were no filmi songs, Ranveer Singh was playing a boy from Mumbai slums, Alia Bhatt a medical student who wore a hijab, Vijay Raaz in a serious role and a supporting cast that no one recognized.

Even then, when the film made it to the cinemas on Valentine’s Day, people found it relatable as they were able to connect with the story because of Ranveer Singh’s believable performance and Zoya Akhtar’s brilliant direction.
For someone who went over the top in his last film Simmba, this role was exactly the opposite and would prove to be a game changer for an already established Ranveer Singh.

The film revolves around the struggle of Murad, a student who struggles at home because of his father’s two marriages and the family’s poverty; however he finds refuge in writing songs which see the light of the day after he meets MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) who not only help in changing his name to Gully Boy but also his fortunes.

Despite his family’s disapproval, Murad is helped by his friends led by Safeena (Alia Bhatt), Sky (Kalki Koechlin) and others in achieving his dreams.
Ranveer Singh is the star performer here who changes gear for a role that requires him to be soft unlike his last two roles inPadmaavat and Simmba. When he sings (he goes behind the microphone for the first time in his career), the audience listens and it is because of the clarity of his delivery that they get to know that the anger is real, not fake.

Alia Bhatt as his girlfriend is equally angry (most of the time) but has to play along so that her parents don’t suspect her of any wrongdoing.
Vijay Raaz as the strict father is a treat to watch especially since we associate him with comic roles; Kalki Koechlin looks every bit the modern independent woman we see around whereas Sheeba Chaddha continues to impress as the mother who wants the best for her children but expresses that in a different way.

The surprise package of the film is Siddhant Chaturvedi’s MC Sher who doesn’t look a debutant film actor because the way he carries himself.
As a rapper and mentor, he looks superior to Ranveer Singh’s Murad despite being younger to him in age and lesser in experience, and the director must be congratulated for that effort.

Inspired from the life of real-life rappers Divine and Naezy, Gully Boy is one of those films that make you feel independent for the entire duration of the film’s run in theatre.
You don’t miss the trappings of a 9 to 5 job and might feel like quitting to pursue your dreams while watching it and that’s the biggest success of the movie.

The rap songs will go a long way because of the way they were filmed and performed and credit must be given to Ranveer Singh for doing double duty (act and sing) to make it work.
This film will undoubtedly be termed as the best work of Zoya Akhtar till now and it will be a huge task to better this film for the director who has given hits like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do.
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