Gully Boy, released this Valentine’s Day, is directed by Zoya Akthar and stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. The film, a coming of age story about the life of a rapper in a dingy neighborhood in Mumbai, is a cinematic masterpiece.
Zoya Akhtar has knocked it out of the park with her latest feature film. Condemned for making films mostly about Indian high society and their problems, (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do) she proved her critics wrong and made a film about a regular man that will have a lasting impact on generations to come.
Gully Boy is not your typical rags to riches story but is both uplifting and inspirational. The film shows the struggles of Murad, played brilliantly by Ranveer Singh, and him trying to make something of himself. He soon discovers his love for rap music and then begins to follow his dream.
The chemistry between Alia and Ranveer was some of the best I’ve seen in any movie of the past few years. Alia plays a medical student, Safeena, who is Ranveer’s feisty and ambitious love interest. There is a point in the movie when Alia and Ranveer Singh have a heated phone conversation. Alia Bhatt’s acting during this scene was outstanding, proving once again that when it comes to acting, she is the best there is working in Bollywood today.
Zoya Akhtar touches on issues related to caste and social class differences without making the entire film about those differences. The nuanced approach to dealing with these differences is what makes the message in the film even stronger. Ranveer who at one point is working as a driver is repeatedly reminded that he is not his employers equal.
The one critique of this film would be that some characters who are involved in illegal and unethical behavior get away with it. At one point Ranveer’s character is also taking part in questionable activities but we are soon made to forget about it as the story progresses.
At no point during this film was I bored. The brilliant acting, the riveting story, the cinematography and most of all the music, all made this movie a delight to watch. If you have not seen it yet, please go watch it as soon as you can. You will not regret it.