Dreams don’t always have to make sense. They can be hopeless. They can be unrealistic. But it’s the resolve that matters. And Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy is all about it. There’s one scene that just stuck with me when the film’s protagonist lashes out at this father, and one can not only feel the fury of his anger but also his determination when he declares how he’s going to match his reality with his dreams and not the other way round. .
Clearly, the hip-hop scene of India is still growing and the audience is yet to see beyond the mainstream that is flooded with the Badshahs. That’s where Gully Boy with its breathtaking soundtrack leaves its mark. The lyrics talk about a myriad of things through romanticing passion, poetry, politics and even suffering. They are aggressive and hit the right chord at the right time. And Zoya Akhtar, at times, going defensive in her storytelling is kind of disappointing. But for the majority of its runtime, Gully Boy acts as a strictly personal journey, much like Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha, and through it touches upon different facets and struggles of living in the ‘Gully’ while rebelling to come out of its shackles. .
Talking about battles, Ranveer Singh as Murad is a subdued individual with a bottled up anger and like most artists, uses it for his art which acts as his own personal act of rebellion. Except his rebellion is of different kind. Most of the times, we see a balanced, disturbed artist on-screen and not the usual depressed, erratic one. Murad aka Gully Boy doesn’t suffer from any First World problems and his conflict comes from trying to strike the right balance between his survival and passion which comes as a breath of fresh air. His verses don’t come out like him droning on about his life but rather talks about his journey that the film quite gracefully protrays. .
In many ways, Gully Boy manages to form an emotional connect with its audience, be it through the lead’s verses or through the strength that he derives from his Gully roots. It’s not 8 Mile and never tries to be something profound, after all, the real beauty of storytelling lies in its simplicity and Gully Boy communicates with you in the similar manner.
was my only choice. Subsequently he’s gotten bigger since he signed on this film, which is only good fortune to me. I had such an amazing collaboration with him on Dil Dhadakne Do, we really had fun together and we knew that we were going to work together again. When I came up with this,he was my 1st choice because he’s a great actor,he has a great bandwidth,he’s somebody who’s deeply,deeply influenced by the hip hop culture & rap music. He raps himself,he writes, if u c the way he dresses, you’ll understand where I am coming from. He is somebody who’s grown up with Bombay street lingo, th slang comes v easily to him. He was already associated with Gully rap, he was familiar with it, so there was no reason to go to any1 else. Plus he’s a great actor,plus he’s saleable. I mean there are no down points. - @zoieakhtar #ranveersingh #gullyboy