Gully Boy Reviews (Top Critics)

By Komal Nahta

Murad (Ranveer Singh) is a lower middle-class boy who studies in college and lives in a chawl with his father (Vijay Raaz), mother (Amruta Subhash), younger brother, Suhail (Svar Kamble), and grandmother (Jyoti Subhash). His father is a driver of a rich family. The father wants Murad to also take up some small job so that he can supplement the family income. However, Murad's heart is in rap songs.

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By Umesh Punwani (4.5/5)

We've Murad (Ranveer Singh) who's yet another ordinary guy grown up in slums, facing some usual issues in life. He has friends who could steal a car to earn some good money. Murad's girlfriend Safina (Alia Bhatt) has a clear vision in her life - to become a doctor & to love Murad unabashedly. She's someone who can get into a war all alone for Murad. Whereas, Murad is still figuring out what to do with his life.

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By Mayank Shekhar (4/5)

What does it take to so gently bottle up an overflowing volcano like Ranveer Singh, into a completely subdued bloke like Murad? Who is yet someone with such seething anger within, wholly internalised, that you can almost sense his brain inhaling life and surroundings, and exhaling potent words of poetry, in response? It's the script/story, Gully Boy, of course.

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By Tushar P Joshi (5/5)

Rap is poetry with emotion. But you don't need to know the genre or the legacy of rap music to get into the vibe of Gully Boy. Zoya Akhtar creates a universe that transcends the limits and brackets of what is normal, giving the story of Murad (Ranveer Singh) and his belief in 'apna time aayega' a universal appeal. Gully Boy is set against the backdrop of the underground rap scene in Mumbai where every child who can spit lyrics and write bars dreams to one day make his passion his profession.

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By Devesh Sharma (4/5)

Thanks to the plethora of songs and music, most our films can be said to be musicals. But ironically, we don't make genuine musicals. Our filmstars lip sync most of the time. The songs more often than not are mere window dressing. So Gully Boy, inspired by the lives of underground rappers Naezy and Divine, comes as a pleasant surprise. Written by Reema Kagti and Zoya Akhtar and directed by Zoya Akhtar, the film is as real as they come.

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Taran Adarsh
By Taran Adarsh (4/5)

One Word Review... Gully Boy: FANTASTIC. Depicts the struggles of an underdog brilliantly... Zoya Akhtar's best film to date... Ranveer is phenomenal... Alia is electrifying... Siddhant Chaturvedi is super... Not to be missed!

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By Meena Iyer (4/5)

He's our very own slumdog from Dharavi who raps above the din to get his voice heard. Twenty-two-year-old Murad (Ranveer Singh) aka Gully Boy lives a drab, impoverished life in the Mumbai slum, quietly taking in the trials and tribulations in his stride with nonchalance. His father Aftab Sheikh (Vijay Raaz) is a driver, who educates his son hoping that one day, he will pursue a white-collar job.

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By Ritika Handoo (3.5/5)

Maverick filmmaker 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!

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"There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, there are no limits." Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy is a film that's based on this simple but intimate premise. It is really impressive the way that Gully Boy catches your attention. The film is loosely based on the remarkable story of Mumbai's street rappers Divine and Naezy. The way that Ranveer Singh plays his character is really impressive and it's one major factor that makes you enjoy this film more.

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By Anupama Chopra (4/5)

Do your dreams have to match your reality? Gully Boy answers that question with a resounding no. In a terrific scene, Murad, a rapper from Dharavi, tells his father, a driver, that he will not downsize his destiny because of his circumstances. Instead he will alter his reality to match his dreams. It's one of the many rousing moments in Zoya Akhtar's superb new film. Gully Boy is loosely based on the lives of real life rappers Naezy and DIVINE, who rose from slums to stardom. Hip hop, modern day protest music, which came out of the streets of New York, has inspired a flourishing music scene in Mumbai.

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The Hindu
By Namrata Joshi

There is something incredibly nuanced about Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy. He is Murad Sheikh, trapped in a limited and limiting world. There is the physical space itself-a narrow lane leading in to a sprawling basti that ironically for him is like "andha kuan" (a slum cluster akin to a bottomless pit). There is his own hemmed-in persona-reconciled to the circumstances and restricted by a dysfunctional family and lack of choices.

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By Vishal Verma (4.5/5)

A shout out for brotherhood and love for to the original gully boys - Naezy and DIVINE, GULLY BOY is the story of Murad Ahmed (Ranveer Singh) who dreams of becoming a rapper living in a tiny lanes of Mumbai's Dharavi. How Murad fights his unfavorable circumstances, his socials status, the stigma of being the 'working' class who cannot afford to dream big and the prejudice mindset with the help of a possessive girlfriend Safeena Ali (Alia Bhatt), a friend, philosopher and guru MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi).

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By Bollywood Hungama (3.5/5)

GULLY BOY is the story of a timid slum dweller whose life changes thanks to his talent. Murad (Ranveer Singh) is a college student who lives in a slum in Mumbai's Dharavi. He's in a relationship with the fiery Safeena (Alia Bhatt), a medical student who comes from an orthodox upper caste Muslim family. There's tension in Murad's house as his father Shakir (Vijay Raaz) gets a second wife, much to the dismay of his mother Razia (Amruta Subhash).

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By Ananya Bhattacharya (3/5)

What do all artistes have in common? Heartbreak, adversity, a society that doesn't understand your art. No silver spoons. No privileges. Just the long, hard, lonely walk. Zoya Akhtar's lead character Murad is the textbook example of the underdog who rises from the slums of Dharavi and doesn't believe in Slumdog Millionaires. But he believes in telling his story through his music. His rap.

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By Nandini Ramnath (4/5)

Dreams and reality fuse seamlessly in Gully Boy, Zoya Akhtar's most heartfelt and accomplished movie yet. Akhtar's fourth feature is headlined by an outstanding Ranveer Singh, packed with well-picked actors and neatly-etched characters, and filmed with infectious passion. The film has a single-thread premise: a rapper from the Dharavi slum in Mumbai overcomes hardscrabble circumstances, a dysfunctional family, and self-doubt to become a star in his firmament. But it has enough texture to to make it all worthwhile.

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The Times Of India
By Rachit Gupta (4/5)

There's a line in the film where the character MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) says, "Agar duniya mein sab comfortable hote toh rap kaun karta?" That's an insight that comes only from a true fan of this performing art. Director Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy is the definitive look at the rap scene in India. It chronicles the story of an ordinary boy Murad, from Dharavi, who dreams big and refuses to let adversity squash his spirit.

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By Sukanya Verma (4/5)

There is a two-second scene in Gully Boy when Ranveer Singh gets out of the car he is chauffeuring and catches his reflection in a posh building's glass door. This is not who he wants to be. Later, he sees the same resigned look on the faces crowding the Mumbai local. Every now and then he encounters disheartening reminders of his place in the world.

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By Priyanka Sinha Jha (4.5/5)

That Zoya Akhtar is a fine director with a flair for sensitive storytelling has been common knowledge for a while now but equally, she has always been perceived as one enamoured with tales of the elite and their charmed lives. Well, her new film --Gully Boy, is set to challenge and change that perception.

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Hindustan Times
By Raja Sen (4/5)

The first time we see Ranveer Singh in Gully Boy, he's stealing a car. Three men head toward an SUV, Singh walking third, far behind the cocksure leader. He appears tentative and preoccupied, having sought out the least active role. His name is Murad, and that is his way. A college kid obsessed with hip-hop, he even writes songs hoping someone else will belt out his rhymes. The performer he approaches (with a notebook full of verses) disagrees. "If we get comfortable," he asks Murad, "who the hell will rap?"

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By Saibal Chatterjee (3/5)

Despair and drudgery hound Murad Ahmed (Ranveer Singh), the protagonist of Gully Boy, Bollywood's first true-blue street rapper musical. The Dharavi boy's enervating frustrations translate into simmering rage, which he then channels into caustic hip hop harangues. Kyun lagta hai yeh bustee ek andha kuan hain (Why do I feel this slum is a dead end), he writes in his worn-out notebook. That line is a rhetorical question. The answer is blowing in the wind.

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