Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Gully Boy released in the theaters on February 14th this year. Be it before the release or after it, this Ranveer Singh starer film has unfailingly continued to create a buzz. Loosely based on the journey from rags to riches of the underground rappers of Mumbai, Divine, and Nazey, Gully Boy tells a realistic story that does strike a chord.
If you still haven’t watched this first rap movie in the history of Indian cinema, then as a movie lover you’re seriously missing out on something. So, here’s the push that you badly need right now to feel all motivated and watch Gully Boy right away.
- Some Flawless Acting Worth Spending Two and Half Hours
Ranveer doesn’t need any separate intro about his acting skills. But in Gully Boy, he definitely shows us how capable he is of versatile acting. Here, the quite, patient Ranveer does the real talking with his eyes which is totally in contrast with his previous loud and kind of wild roles. While Alia Bhatt flawlessly donned the role of Safeena, a possessive girlfriend who is ready to even kill if someone flirts with her boyfriend, Siddhant Chaturvedi as MC Sher is a complete surprise. Even Vijay Raaz and Kalki Koechlin complete the perfect casting with their convincing role-playing.
- It Unleashes a New Sound, The Sound of The ‘Gully’s
No doubt, Gully Boy gives some serious goals of experimenting with different and fresh music. From the very song ‘Asli Hip Hop’ to the last one ‘Aapna Time Ayega’ the music of Gully Boy keeps your mind engaged and makes you fall for the real and rustic voice of the gully. Be it the poetry by Javed Akhtar, or the voices of Ranveer, Divine, and Naezy; be it telling the story of the society and its taboos in the form of raps or rap commentary of the gathered rappers, the music, lyrics, and songs directly appeal to our senses.
- It’s Perfect Detailing and Uncompromised Touches of Reality
When it comes to flawless detailing along with realistic scenes, Zoya Akhtar has spun her magic wand once again. Be it the scenes of Ranveer Singh with his unshaved armpits, loose-fitting worn-out clothes or Alia in middle-class Muslim girl attires, Gully Boy keeps the reality intact. A scene where Murad aka Ranveer is shown to slowly become one of the daily passengers, burdened with the monotony of daily life, in a local train while a poem is heard in the background are one of the most effective and impactful scenes in the movie. Instead of opting for some made-up slum sets, Gully Boy shows real slums or ‘gully’ of Mumbai which makes the movie more relatable and rich with authentic detailing.
- The Fresh and Raw Cinematography Does Appeal
No matter how much the audience falls for the artificial and well-polished movies, there’s something about the raw and unpolished tone that one can’t ignore. You get to experience this fresh raw addictive tone at its best in Gully Boy. The drone shots, the slow cinematography juxtaposing the fast pacing raps, the jerky camera shots, the close-ups, absorbs your senses and makes you a part of this street rap movie.
While Zoya Akhtar deserves a big round of applause for bringing underground hip hop on the Indian big screen in such a fine way; all the lead cast in the film deserves accolades for their fantastic acting. Simply turn deaf, or blind, if needed, to all the negative reviews of the movie that is already out there and watch this movie for its impactful acting, cinematography, screenplay, detailing and some real Indian hip-hop songs.
P.S. If you aren’t familiar with Indian hip hop and think that only western countries shine in this particular music genre, then guys and gals grow up! Once you watch Gully Boy, you’re sure to google about desi rap as you have a lot to catch up!