This movie is not about the rich upper crest families and the problems they face, which we saw in Zoya Akhtar’s previous ventures. ‘Gully boy’, is the opposite, down the line, where she tells the story of the streets. Though named ‘Gully Boy’, the story is very much about the ‘ gully’ as well. The cinematography by Jay Oza captures the dingy rooms and dim lights at its perfection.
The story is based on the life of the rappers, Naezy and Divine. Murad played by Ranveer Singh, enacts the stages of the crisis he goes through with ease. His eyes do the talking efficiently in those scenes which speaks better than those with dialogues. He chooses music as a tool, to fill the lacuna in the world he is living in.
The spirited Safeena played by, Alia Bhatt is equally convincing. She sets the limits for her future and helps Murad to come out of the shell he’s trying to break. Each character makes their presence felt.
Though, a bit long for a predictable story, it is worth watching.