Ranveer and Alia in a mind blowing performance in Gully Boy!

By Devaki Parthasarathy

And once again, you leave the theatre wondering if the role of Murad was written with Ranveer in mind, or did he just morph into the role and wear it like a second skin…. a soul stirring, thought provoking, mind blowing performance by this Sindhi boy!

Tracing the trajectory of a slum boy who scribbles poetry in his trusted diary, to him joining hands with a successful rapper who adds rhythm and tempo to his words to becoming a successful rap star himself, the movie is tastefully written with lavish rounds of drama & comedy and not to miss, a budding love affair. Dialogues like, “Gana hi hai to ghazal gaaley” and “kitni pyaari hai, varna aaj kal ke bachhey toh career ke baare mein hi sochte hain” show the mentality of the surroundings he is brought up in. The coining of the name “Gully Boy”, and his self discovery with dialogues like, “mai naukri karta hoon, uska naukar nahin hoon” lyrics like, “tu leke kya aya tha, jo ghanta leke jaayega” make his journey heartbreakingly one’s own. “Apna Time aayega” is literally every man’s slogan! Yet the movie is more about its characters than about the journey. Though the movie sat ably on Ranveer’s large trustworthy shoulders, Alia as the possessive girlfriend (called Danger Aapa) lights up the screen every time she is in the frame. As a girl who knows exactly what she wants, and goes to any extent to get it, she is no doubt the lesser of the two and most times blends in the background and yet in some mysterious way emerges stronger!!! Adding a touch of romance to Murad’s life with her quirky yet relatable “nine year old” love affair Alia supports Ranveer in a way no one else could match. She is like that little hari mirch that can send shivers down your spine! To his credit Ranveer seems to spark the fire in his female lead roles but Alia on her own makes his journey more believable. Also supported in his role are others like Vijay Raaz as a demanding father, Siddhant Chaturvedi, as his successful mentor, & Kalki Koechlin as his producer. All of them leave a lasting lasting impression and you come out wanting to see more of them. I am not into rap, but the score is rather impressive! Two… his first and the semi finals one were beautifully written but more importantly, masterfully rendered. The rap of the semi finals especially just hit the spot. The energy the actors bring to the role makes the movie more watchable than any movie I have seen in a while!!! Definitely a must watch.

DeeScore: 4/5

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