Gully Boy – Brilliant filmmaking that showcases brilliant talent!!!

As someone who is well aware of the story behind the emergence and success of Naezy & Divine, ever since this movie was announced, I’ve been really looking forward to it. Also, I must admit – I wasn’t confident how Zoya Akhtar would be able to pull it off, primarily because she’s had a history of building her narratives in a ‘first world problems’ environment.

I have never been happier to be proved wrong. Coz Gully Boy is a BRILLIANT film!!!

Let’s talk about the writing of the film first. And in this case, we cannot talk about the narrative structuring without talking about the editing… The Zoya Akhtar + Reema Kagti combination in the screenplay alongwith Vijay Maurya’s dialogues and Nitin Baid’s editing are all TOP NOTCH. The narrative flow, the plotpoints, the pace is all perfect. It all comes together so well that you do not realise at all that the film is over 2&1/2 hrs long…

Jay Oza’s Cinematography and Suzanne Merwanji’s Production Design ensures that absolutely nothing seems out of place visually. Everything looks highly real and brings out the claustrophobia of living in Dharavi perfectly…

The fact that the music would be absolutely outstanding was actually a given, given Excel’s excellent history of good music and that Naezy & Divine were a part of the music. What was refreshingly excellent was the background score by Karsh Kale & The Salvage Audio Collective. Lifted the film a lot…

Now taking all this talent, all these expectations and doing a fantastic job in directing all of it into a good cohesive film is no mean feat. And Zoya Akhtar delivers brilliantly. And then some… A seriously well done directorial job.

The performances are just just perfect. Ranveer Singh is bloody unreal. He is able to transform himself into Murad so much that you almost forget that barely a few months ago, he was Simmba. He kills it with the body language, the voice, the dialect, the language and above-all – the absolutely natural rap performances…

Not to be overshadowed by anyone, Alia Bhatt adds yet another trophy to her collective of brilliant performances with this film.

Without doubt, my ‘find of the film’ is Siddhant Chaturvedi. What a brilliant debut. Its almost impossible to believe that this is his first film…

Vijay Verma, Vijay Raaz, Kalki Koechlin & Nakul Sahdev are great in their roles as well…

So, all-in-all, Gully Boy is an outstanding film. Definitely worth seeing twice on screen. I’m going tomorrow again 😁!!!

P.S. Feels great to see so many Whistling Woods International alumni who all were a part of the making of the film.

CONGRATULATIONS to all – Nitin Baid – Editor, Nakul Sahdev – Actor, R.c. Pranav & Sidhant Seth – Assistant Editors, Sangeeth Prakash Varghese – Associate Editor, Parth Navale & Prateek Sharma – in the Cinematography team.