Gully Boy first reviews are out and critics cannot stop praising the Ranveer Singh-Alia Bhatt starrer. Over the last few months, Ranveer-Alia were going out and about to promote their film, which is based on the lives of two street rappers. And we guess, their efforts have paid off, as the ones who watched Gully Boy at Berlin Film Festival yesterday are all hearts of Zoya Akhtar’s directorial. Critics have given a green signal and Gully Boy has passed with flying colours. The reviews shared below are proof. Check out the first reviews right here…
One way to view Gully Boy is simply as a hugely entertaining “underdog with a dream” story, dotted on the margins with a disapproving father, an on/off love interest (Safeena, played by Alia Bhatt), a brand new socio-cultural milieu, and other must-haves of this sub-genre.
Ranveer Singh smoulders marvellously. He affects a slang that sounded ghetto enough to my non-Mumbai ears, and it’s terrific to see him demonstrate his more sophisticated acting side. We caught glimpses of this underplaying in Zoya’s Dil Dhadakne Do, where he was part of an ensemble, but here, he fills the film from the first frame to the last, and it’s a superb showreel for his range.
Alia plays her like a firecracker that won’t tell you when it’s going to go off. The scene where she says yes to a prospective match brings the house down.While she completely loved the film, Chopra felt that the duration of Gully Boy was far-fetched.
Rajeev Masand– It has many layers, it’s coming of age, about understanding one’s expressions which in this case is through poetry and rap. It’s a beautiful love story and at some level, it’s a love letter to Mumbai. What powers these different narratives are essentially two things – the extraordinary performance from Ranveer Singh and the music and lyrics which has as much feeling as the story and performance.
Hollywood Reporter- Zoya Akhtar (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara) directs with flair and passion and, aided by explosive performances from a right-on cast, triumphs over the familiarity of the star-is-born storyline. Her main asset is Ranveer Singh, who broke into Bollywood with the rom-com Band Baajat Baaraat and who here shows a pleasingly full emotional range that extends to drama and hip hop.
The music is high quality throughout, as confident and inventive as Jay Oza’s camera. Though most of the rappers are young men, it’s worth mentioning that the women characters stand out as strong and individual, from Murad’s furiously humiliated mom to wildcat med student Safeena and free spirit Sky, none of whom are in sexual denial, but none are sex objects for the camera, either. After reading this fantastic reviews, we just cannot wait to watch Ranveer’s Gully Boy. FYI, the film hits the cinemas on Feb 14.