Gully Boy is a musical drama film written by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, and directed by Zoya. The film is inspired by the lives of Indian street rappers Divine and Naezy.
The film sets in Dharavi, slums of Mumbai, where it tells a coming-of-age story about an aspiring street rapper Murad Ahmed (Ranveer Singh). Murad, a final year college student, lives in the Dharavi, who is fascinated with rap music and writes lyrics to express his life. Not so long into a film, he meets local stage rapper Shrikant aka MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi). Murad’s acquaintance with MC Sher draws him into performing his lyrics at underground shows and eventually uploading his first video on YouTube.
The film is a musical story portraying a struggle of an aspiring rapper and his surroundings that influence his journey. There is a love angle to the story, but it hardly feels deviating from its main content. The film stars Alia Bhatt as Safeena, Murad’s longtime love companion, who fits perfectly in this role and gives total justice to it by complementing the story. Ranveer Singh completely owns his role by giving the raw and compelling performance. Besides leads, Vijay Raaz as Murad’s abusive father, Amruta Subhash as Murad’s mother, Vijay Varma as Moeen, Siddhant Chaturvedi as MC Sher, and Kalki Koechlin as Shweta/Sky bring depth to the story by delivering impacting performances.
Along with these powerhouse performances, the film also has really edgy and situational music numbers and background score, which never feels out of place. The direction and the screenplay by talented Zoya Akhtar are just outstanding like her previous films, where we can clearly see her grasp on keeping the audience engaged till the end without getting deviated from the actual content. The story of the film may be pretty straight-forward but the characters and their performances take the film to another level.
Verdict : It is a must-watch film for everyone. It’ll definitely entertain you and will connect to you.
Rating : 4.1/5
Click here for the trailer : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfbxcD6biOk
A Daughter.. A Wife.. A Spy..
Raazi is a spy thriller film directed by Meghna Gulzar who is known for her impactful work on film Talvar (2015). The film is an adaptation of Harinder Sikka’s novel Calling Sehmat which is inspired by real events.
The film sets during the era of Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. When espionage became the prominent weapon to gather intelligence and to get an upper hand over the critical situations. Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor), an individual working for Indian Intelligence Agency, having good relations with Pakistani military officers, after learning about his cancerous medical situation, he asks his only daughter Sehmat Khan (Alia Bhatt) to take his place in this war-like situation against Pakistan. Sehmat, having the same blood and equal sense of nationalism like her father and grandfather who worked to forward the independence of India, gets ready to take this job by getting married with Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal), a younger son of Brigadier Syed (Shishir Sharma) of the Pakistani military. Rest of the film follows the incredible and dangerous journey of Sehmat and how she transforms herself from a vulnerable and sensitive girl into a strong person.
The plot of the film pretty simplistic, but the drama and the series of thrilling events actually make the film gripping. Even if the audience know that where the film is going, but the strong and compelling characters make the audience root for them. The performances by every individual are fantastic. In particular, after her notable work in Highway (2014) and Udta Punjab (2016), on the same line, in this film also Alia has given an outstanding performance, she has just ruled the whole film. Also, Jaideep Ahlawat as Khalid Mir has given full justice to his role. Soundtracks by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy in the film are well placed and lifts the overall drama of the film by spreading the wave of patriotism in the whole movie theatre. Mainly, the film talks about bravery and sacrifice of those unsung heroes (field agents) who risks their lives to serve the nation and get never celebrated for their work.
Verdict : A must watch gripping drama about unsung heroes of our nation.
Rating : 3.9/5