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Gully Boy REVIEW: Bohot Hard!

Gully Boy introduces rap genre to India – a rare film where music is so beautifully blended into the narrative with amazing dialogues that audiences has only one thing to sayt about the movie, “BOHOT HARD!”

In a scene from this movie, a group of foreigners take a peek into a Dharavi slum and are amazed to find every inch of space in the ghetto cleverly utilised. One of its residents, Murad (Ranveer Singh) recognises the rapper on the Foreigner’s shirt and quickly blurts out his lyrics to amaze the guests even more.

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Quite like that scene, Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy amazes you with the story about a poor fellow from Dharavi whose dreams are bigger than his reality. A perfect fusion of style and substance where a slumdog dares to dream big and ultimately makes it real big.

Murad (Ranveer with tanned make-up) is a timid college kid who has the thing for hip-hop but has to make do with a temporary driver job to feed his home. He writes his first song and tries to sell it to a local rapper MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi). “Tera gaana hai, tu gaa“, he is advised. Sher then encourages Murad to vent out his ‘andar ka toofan‘ through his rap.

While Murad is shown to be largely restrained and resilient, his school mate turned love interest Safeena (Alia Bhatt) is exactly opposite. Super possessive by nature, Safeena gets into frequent cat fights for Murad. Even going as far as breaking a bottle on someone’s head.

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Zoya Akhtar’s direction is terrific and she keeps you invested in her characters. Murad’s equation with his polygamous dad (Vijay Raaz) and his ever-supportive mom (Amruta Subhash) leads to some great scenes. One of them has Murad walking out on his dad (due to his increasing abusive behaviour) with mother in tow.

Alia Bhatt shines in her small role, Newcomer Siddhant Chaturvedi rocks as MC Sher. The supporting cast – Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhash, Sheeba Chaddha and Kalki Koechlin are competent in their respective roles. Ranveer Singh came out with the right balance of restraint and intensity and has set a new benchmark for himself with this superlative act.

Ratings:

  1. Acting: 4.5/5
  2. Direction: 4.5/5
  3. Music: 5/5
  4. Story, Screenplay and Dialogue: 4.5/5
  5. Cinematography: 4/5
  6. Editing: 3/5
  7. Costume Design: 4/5
  8. Special Effects and VFX: NA
  9. Action: NA
  10. Production Quality: 4/5
  11. Overall: 4 & 1/2 stars out of 5 (Must watch)

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