Gully Boy Reviews
Without overtly drawing attention to it, she makes a strong feminist statement in Safeena’s character, some sharp observations about minorities, and also about the world we live in and the place in it for those with lesser means. That’s a lot to pack into a film that works on surface level as a highly entertaining musical drama. I came away with an appreciation for Indian hip-hop, which frankly I knew nothing about until now.I loved this film from inside my bones.
...this is a film to enjoy, both in the seeing, and in the hearing: the soundtrack and the ‘songs’ leap off the screen. In today’s India, to bring a Murad and Safeena, their Muslim-ness a matter-of-fact statement, into centre-stage, to give traction to those who live on the wrong side of the tracks, is an act of bravery. I’ll take them any day over an overused Raj-and-Raveena. ‘Inka time aa gaya’. Rap along.
Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy, an underdog story shining a light on India’s incipient hip-hop subculture, is the first great Hindi film of 2019 and a rousing celebration of spunk.
A Softer Than Expected, But Hugely Entertaining And Beautifully Made Street-Rapper Story
While this kind of story feels a bit familiar, its excellent music & sense of realism along with the fine performances make up for it.
Gully Boy is a glorious blend of hip-hop and assured film-making...
In an era of which Bollywood is increasingly passing off pulpy apologies for demagoguery for cinema, Gully Boy could have been a fitting riposte. It just doesn't go far enough to pose discomfiting questions in keeping with the art of the street rapper. But all said and done, Gully Boy can be whole-heartedly commended for its craft, fascinating characters and RANVEER SINGH. He absolutely kills the slow-burning rapper act. What's more, he does with a lot of energy to spare.
There’s a reason the film feels legit and that’s down to the fact that real rap artistes worked on this film. The treatment and the visual finesse of the film are at par with anything you’ve seen from Hollywood or anywhere around the world. The rap battles shown in the film are riveting and an inspired piece of writing. The problem with the film though is it’s length, which stretches to two-and-a-half hours, but the emotional deftness and clap-worth dialogues add the right amount of gusto and keep you totally engaged. This is a film that deserves an encore. And in true rap style, let’s just say… yeh Gully Boy hard hai bhai!
This might be an incongruous analogy, but Zoya Akhtar’s “Gully Boy” is like those picture-in-picture debates you see on prime-time news, but in a good way. There is a central story with many windows open at once, essentially leading to the main plot, but also alive in their own way, thus making the big picture seem that much more textured and vibrant.
Watch Gully Boy. It’s a winner. Ranveer ka time aa gaya!
The main star of the film is its music. The many artistes who are credited for the music of the film do a classy job with the soundtrack. If Ranveer Singh is the life of Gully Boy, the music is its soul. The lyrics, the beats all scream revolution. Azadi. Hindustan gets its asli hip hop in a Bollywood film.In all, it fails to rise.Apna time aayega. But today is not the day.
Every Frame Breathes Life Into Our Souls! Gully Boy is a once-in-a-blue-moon film! There rarely comes a film that perfects almost everything.
GULLY BOY is a fun and moving entertainer that will surely resonate with the youth and multiplex-frequenting urban audiences. At the box office, the four day weekend will ensure that it emerges a profitable venture for its makers.
Gully Boy is a new kind of 'Angry Young Man' movie, in effect - seamlessly merging sub-culture with pop mainstream.
Ranveer Singh Owns This Film About Oppression And The Right To Dream
For a film that is about protest music, the music of anger and rebellion, Gully Boy is surprisingly quiet and extremely funny. Its understatedness and sense of humour are among the multiple reasons why it is also one of the best films to emerge from the Hindi cinemascape in recent times.
Audience Reviews for Gully Boy
No film was as high on its flight of substance as Zoya Akhtar's disruptively bold film 'Gully Boy'. Gully Boy is an emotional underdog poetry which celebrates the free-spirited rapper boys of Dharavi, who sketch it all in the diaries, plug earphones in the buses with all the hustle and bustle and are considered trash in the world outside. The sparkingly captured, grim and gripping film, however, focuses on only one of them: Murad, and his world- his mentor MC Sher, his… his figurative connection with Sky, his oppressive father, his strong mother, his girlfriend Safeena, his friends like Moeen, and a life around the filthy slums of Dharavi where dwell some independent spirits like him- those who want to break free.
And the film really is a flight of fancy. Director Zoya Akhtar has pricelessly decorated the film, no, not through the aesthetic of the visual, but the aesthetic of meaning, of though and of depth. And what makes me believe that it will make it to the Academy Awards is its fluidity, its unprecedented solidity. That flow of words and that poetry of action.
Since the last 10 years, the choice of submissions to the Academy Awards have not been as riveting- they have never been a potpourri of the independent and the entertaining. Gully Boy, let me report you the world, is both. It is full of warmth and effortless, spirited enthusiasm with a success story at its core, which makes it enjoyable.
And Ranveer Singh stands out. His performance as Murad is exciting and enthusiastic. He is so strong, he embodies the film as a whole. And Alia Bhtt’s Safeena, as expressive.
But overall, Zoya's film stands out as a sharply made and interestingly written, but surprisingly mainstream take on minorities and dreams. Not your usual, underdog narrative. It's a film that feels like its written in a colloquial tonality. That is an achievement for Zoya.
Ajay film's critic
very realistic, al d cast in the movie , done their best
Director Zoya Akhtar somehow always manages to make even the most humdrum of stories into ravishing pieces of art. Gully Boy is no different even if you look at it from the perspective of a person who hopes to see social issues being addressed through cinema. For it also marvelously hints at issues such as social status and inequality and wealth and even (Islamic) polygamy to an extent. The excellent camera work by Jay Oza will make you want to watch it for the second time on the big screen despite of this review. And that is the kind of movies that Akhtar makes, only to find them being watched and rewatched by cinephiles years from now.
Gully Boy gets everything right and pumps up your mood regardless of what position you are in in your own life, but just thinking about it a few hours after you have seen it will make you realize that it just falls short of becoming something that can be dubbed as extraordinary.
Amazing performance by RANVIR and ALIA