Veteran director Zoya Akhtar strikes again! But this time, I’m talking “tod-phod” street rap blended into a soul-spurring screenplay! Ready? Here we go!

Rating – 3.5 / 5

The world of street rap remains a riddle to almost all of us today – Where do these guys come from? What’s their story? None of us have a clue. All we eventually get to see is some Bantai with flashy gold chains and matt black hoodies, rapping the words of their hearts. Gully Boy dares to explore and dives right into the gullies of hard Indian street rap and (for the most part) not only answers all your questions, but also leaves you wanting more.

This Zoya Akhtar directorial revolves around Murad (Ranveer Singh), a young Muslim boy from Dharavi 17, who has high aspirations and goals and despite having a father who’s merely a driver (with two wives) with grave money issues, Murad refuses to let his financial status define his passion for writing and the rap scene. Gully Boy follows Murad’s journey of attempting to become a street rapper, as he befriends MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) and begins to work his way up with his soul-stirring rap, while simultaneously dealing with degenerative family issues, all with the support of his savage and fiery girlfriend Safeena (Alia Bhatt).

“Agar duniya mein sab comfortable hote toh rap kaun karta?”

“Bohot hard” performances by ALL. To begin with, our remorseless Ranveer Singh continues to deliver some deadly acting and effortlessly moulds into the avatar of a street rapper. Alia Bhatt, too, gives a greatly pleasant surprise by adopting the role of Safeena so unapologetically and rightfully fills in the otherwise incomplete gaps of the film. But a super special shoutout goes to Siddhant Chaturvedi (who I am majorly crushing on right now!) for owning the character of rapper MC Sher and nailing it with a huge deal of confidence and swag! And lastly, I was also particularly impressed by Vijay Raaz, who does undoubtable justice to the role of Murad’s father through his heart-warming performance.

The film’s forte lied in its ability to exploit all the elements of Indian street rap – right from the visuals of local rap battles in shady areas to the raw emotion evoked through the rappers’ words. The film also did a fantastic job in capturing scenes in the slums of Dharavi, and, not to forget, included some mind-blowing rap genre based music, all of which definitely kept the audience engaged and made the entire experience madly entertaining!

However, the only shortcoming of this otherwise ten-on-ten cinema was that it seemed to be emotionally relatable only within its duration – as soon as you walk out of the theatre, you feel disconnected to Murad’s story and Gully Boy suddenly feels like an inapplicable and extraneous form of entertainment.

That being said, it’s your time to go hard bhai log (if you haven’t already) cause trust me, you do not want to miss out on this one! Thank me later 😉 #ApnaTimeAayega

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Diu Somani, The CineSurgeon, is a student of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Diu has two main loves, animals and Bollywood.