Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy displays a wide range of themes in a perfect balance. Each and every character of the film gets justice and a proper depiction. Nothing looks unnecessary.
Gully Boy shows the origin story of an Indian street rapper who is soft at the core but hard when he raps. Ranveer Singh as Murad is a boy living in the slums, he writes sometimes but never thought of becoming a rapper. But then one day he listens the rap of MC Sher aka Siddhant Chaturvedi and decides to write something like rap. And then the journey of Ranveer Singh begins. But the journey isn't so easy. Though he is shining over the internet through his songs but he is experiencing some serious trouble in his personal life. And his journey of becoming a world famous rapper is spectacular. We all experience hardship and happiness in our respective lives. There is a balance of these two things mixed so perfectly that we don't even notice it sometimes. And Zoya Akhtar exhibits this balance brilliantly. Each and every character has its own battle, their own journey and how they all rise out of their own difficulties is expressed beautifully. And even after giving proper story to every character it never losses the track of the main character's journey. We all can predict the story of the movie but the storytelling is so engaging that you cannot keep your eyes off.
The movie is soft and hard, crispy and simple, it makes you laugh, it makes you cry. The varied elements like Murad stealing cars and driving cars for others, Safeena ( Alia Bhatt) pretending to be a simple and obedient girl in front of her parents and then being a total badass for the outside world. MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) being a cool rapper for the Mumbai but treated badly by his own drunk father. Moeen aka Vijay Varma playing as a bad thief and a drug dealer for Mumbai but is still doing good in his own view by providing a place for living and way to earn livelihood for the abandoned kids of Dharavi. Each and every character plays dual life, one of them is filled with their passion, respect and goodness and the other with disrespect, helplessness and hatred by their own people or family. Other themes like domestic violence, troubled life of the people of Dharavi, the feelings of a wife in a Muslim family when his husband brings a new wife. The helplessness of Ranveer Singh, when her boss starts crying in the car in front of him. It is almost like the Doori song is the origin song for the whole movie where different contrasts of different people's life is shown. The conversation scene in jail between Murad and Moeen is very emotional and well acted.
Ranveer Singh as Murad is phenomenal as usual, Alia Bhatt is now on another level of acting which is simply phenomenal. Siddhant Chaturvedi makes a great debut through this movie. Vijay Varma is the secret superstar of the screenplay. Other actors did their respective roles brilliantly. Vijay Maurya as the dialogue writer and Ateeq cleverly wrote impactful dialogues and gave his short performance. Proper synchronization between all characters in the screenplay makes this movie rich. Zoya Akhtar is like the Buddha in the religion of direction, she laid down the middle path between two totally extreme situation astutely. Cinematography is on point. Music is fantastic as usual.
Zoya Akhtar is like the Buddha in the religion of direction, she laid down the middle path between two totally extreme situation astutely.
Overall, this movie is made with great execution. The only flaw in the movie is its runtime but that too isn't boring at all.
Acting - 4/5
Direction - 4/5
Script - 4/5
Cinematography - 4 /5
Music - 4/5
Final Verdict - 4/5
A Must Watch.