Zoya Akhtar’s movie chronicles the life of Murad aka Ranveer Singh who dreams of the stars whilst residing in Mumbai square box house. Saifeena (Alia Bhatt), with whom he has a secret relationship, is the only respite for him in this troubled daily chores. Less compelling is a subplot involving Kalki Koechlin’s character Sky, an affluent, US-returned musician who takes a keen interest both in Murad’s music and him. Standing out in the ensemble is newcomer Siddhant Chaturvedi who plays MC Sher, Murad’s mentor. He has the confidence that Murad lacks and knows the ways of the world. Sher is the anchor to Murad’s rather lost ship.
But there are many layers to the film, it’s also about Murad’s coming-of-age and his discovery and understanding of who he truly is and what he stands for. It’s about finding one’s expression, in this case, through poetry and rap. The well-written script was backed by clap worthy dialogues by Vijay Maurya. Zoya does what many in the industry wouldn’t dare to. The songs in the movie are loaded with powerful words that especially resonate in their respective situations. The cinematography, choreography, writing, editing, costumes, and the entire ensemble of actors are quite fabulous.
One can go on and on about the beauty that Gully Boy is but it is a work of art that is best left to the audience to experience.