Before watching Gully Boy, I made sure of watching Eminem starrer 8 Mile because of the buzz going on in the social media where the prior was portrayed as a “copy”. Especially after the trailer of Gully Boy was dubbed and recreated, with 8 Mile‘s scenes playing in a video, which went viral.
Let’s make things clear. Every talented, successful artist has a past. Here, the serious struggles of the people originating from the slums and villages of India are displayed. How the greatest of talents are being supressed like abolished parts of a car, ONLY because their parents’ and society’s awareness of modernization is zero. A few similarities in the script are bound to happen because of the content the motion picture is trying to exibit.
It is a win. GB is a win for the director, actors, music composers, producers and the whole crew alongside the character of Murad / Gully Boy (played by Ranveer Singh). Zoya Akhtar with her direction will leave you speechless. Jay Oza‘s cinematography will leave you in an awe. One of the best features of the film is the unique background score by Karsh Kale & The Salvage Studio Collective. Flawless.
Alia Bhatt (as Safina) plays this determined, bold and a daring muslim girl who is also the love interest of Ranveer, with complete honesty. On the contrary, Kalki Koechlin (as Sky) has played this jazzy, cool, new-aged NRI student/artist, rather gorgeously.
As a matter of fact, every character has it’s equal importance in the flick. Preeminently, Siddhant Chaturvedi (as MC Sher) who plays the strong and confident friend cum mentor of Murad, excellently. You’ll love him. Plus, an actor who we witness after a long time for a lengthier role, Vijay Raaz (as Aftab Sheikh), plays the strict, conservative and an oblivious father of Murad. And we all know how his voice and acting over the years, has left an impact on us through his various roles. Others inclusive in this noteworthy list are Vijay Varma (as Moeen), Amruta Subhash (as Razia Sheikh / mother of Murad), Vijay Maurya (as Ateeq / Murad‘s uncle) and Sheeba Chaddha (as Safina‘s mother).
Gully Boy is a must watch for all the valueable reasons. Screenplay by Reema Kagti & Zoya Akhtar is enchanting. The music is the whole and soul of it, obviously. The lyrics and dialogue are the backbone. Moreover the amount of exposure Indian RAP (rythym and poetry) music is going to receive now, will be maniacal.