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Movie Review: Gully Boy (2019)

GULLY BOY is the story of a timid slum dweller whose life changes thanks to his talent. Murad (Ranveer Singh) is a college student who lives in a slum in Mumbai’s Dharavi. He’s in a relationship with the fiery Safeena (Alia Bhatt), a medical student who comes from an orthodox upper caste Muslim family. There’s tension in Murad’s house as his father Shakir (Vijay Raaz) gets a second wife, much to the dismay of his mother Razia (Amruta Subhash). Meanwhile, one day an upcoming rapper MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) performs in Murad’s college and he gets floored. After all, he’s always been interested in rapping. MC Sher one day asks aspiring performers to meet him and Murad jumps at this opportunity. MC Sher takes a liking for Murad and motivates him to rap publicly. Murad is hesitant at first but he performs for the crowd who give him thumbs up. MC Sher even gets him to shoot a video which becomes very popular. However, Murad is not able to pursue his passion full time. He is compelled to step into his father’s shoes and become a chauffeur after the latter fractures his leg. He also has a complex on account of his social status. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Reviews:

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Positive Reviews
4.5 “Ranveer-Alia Film Combining Dreams & Reality is Nothing Short of Magical”
News18
4.5 “Every Frame Breathes Life Into Our Souls!”
Koimoi
4.0 ” A Superb Love Letter To The Spirit of Mumbai”
Anupama Chopra
4.0 “Ranveer delivers soul-stirring performance”
Khaleejtimes
4.0 “This is a film that deserves an encore. “
TOI
4.0 “Watch the film for it’s music, as well as some superlative acting by the entire cast.”
Filmfare
4.0 “Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s film will steal your heart!”
DNA
4.0 “Ranveer Singh & Co. Inspire Us To Never Stop Chasing Our Dreams!”
Filmibeat
4.0 “Ranveer explodes, Alia steals the scene in Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Bahut Hard’ entertainer”
Timesnownews
4.0 “You’ll cry for Ranveer”
Sukanya Verma
4.0 “Ranveer rocks!”
Aseem Chhabra
4.0 “Ranveer shines, Zoya paints hard-hitting picture of hardships, dreams and reality; debutant Siddhant is unmissable”
Indiatvnews
4.0 “Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt raise the roof with a great musical.”
Hindustantimes
4.0 “Gully Boy is a new kind of ‘Angry Young Man’ movie, in effect – seamlessly merging sub-culture with pop mainstream.”
Mid-day
4.0 “Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s Movie Leaves You on a High!”
Masala
4.0 “An Elusive Mix Of Rhythm And Underdog Poetry”
Rahul Desai
3.5 “GULLY BOY is a fun and moving entertainer that will surely resonate with the youth and multiplex-frequenting urban audiences.”
Bollywoodhungama
3.5 “A brilliant film after a long time, and you take Ranveer Singh back into your heart as you think, ‘Apna time aayega’ (my time will come!).”
Nowrunning
3.5 “Rapper Ranveer Singh is convincing, Alia Bhatt has the best punchlines in this Zoya Akhtar film.”
Mumbaimirror
3.5 “This is a film to enjoy.”
Indianexpress
3.0 “Ranveer Singh Kills It, Supported By Feisty Alia Bhatt”
NDTV
3.0 “Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt elevate Zoya Akhtar’s nuanced drama”
Deccanchronicle
3.0 “Ranveer Singh raps, Alia Bhatt roars in Zoya Akhtar film”
Indiatoday
3.0 “A Softer Than Expected, But Hugely Entertaining And Beautifully Made Street-Rapper Story”
Baradwaj Rangan
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