Does “Gully Boy” have what it takes to rule the gullies of India?

by February 17, 2019 0 comments

Gully boy

*ing: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt


If one doesn’t have any angst in life; if they are a chilled out person without any rage or resentment, would they still relate to Gully Boy? If one is past the age for rap and the anger and aggression it spews have become things of the past, will they like Gully Boy? Most probably not and definitely not in the long form that Zoya Akhtar presents the story of a rapper.

Despite the realism around youth frustrations and existential problems of the not so rich Dharavi populations, the film stretches the limits of storytelling much too farther than required. Despite Ranveer Singh’s stellar performance, the monotony of his journey gets to you in ways that it should not have.

The entire culture of rap, we understand, is largely underground (why I wonder) and encompasses all the negativities of growing in a modern unequal ills-ridden society.

As Murad, whose cubicled and claustrophobic existence complements his push to the entire rap scene budding in the depressing alleyways of the slum, Ranveer delivers well. He is aptly irreverent, simmering with potent anger, portrays the frustrations in a menacing and contained manner.

And yet the film has gaps that stare at you with queries writ large on the efficacy of such a long film sparsely sequenced.

Coming to the lyrics and the film’s anthem Apna time ayega showcases the rage hallowed with hope and reconciliation with the circumstances as are the other rap contests that brought out the applause from the youngsters in the hall.

Overall, the film could have been shorter, better sequenced and more happening, despite the crackling chemistry that Ranveer shares with his friends, his music and his girlfriend Alia Bhatt, who incidentally is the sunshine in this dark and unforgiving film.

Courtesy: The Pioneer
Writer: Meenakshi Rao

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