My Times Today.Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Gully Boy’ will open a hundred doors for hidden talents thumping hard to crawl their way out from not just Dharavi slums in Mumbai but several other similar places in the country. The film gives hope and that holds it till the end—kyuki #ApnaTime Ayega!
The storyline has a rhythm to it much like Zoya’s previous outings such as Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Ranveer Singh as Murad Ahmed aka Gully Boy is not just convincing but exceptional since this is a totally unseen version of him. At some levels, he is successful in building a connect with the audience which is what each character years for.
Enter Alia Bhatt, who plays Safeena, the college-going girl who aspires to become a surgeon one day. She is young, peppy, sassy and sets the record straight in the first half—Mere boyfriend se gulu gulu kregi toh…
Not a single person, who didn’t clap after she uttered these lines. She loves her man madly and they share a rocking chemistry.
The movie smoothly moves into a zone where you can feel the emotions of Ranveer’s character who wants to make it big yet is pulled back due to familial pressures mounted on him. Siddhant Chaturvedi plays MC Sher aka Shrikant is another binding force who actually pushes Murad’s character to bring out the best in him. This actor needs special mention for acing the part and nuances in the movie.