Film review: ‘Gully Boy’ amplifies a voice from the streets5 min read . Updated: 14 Feb 2019, 10:05 AM IST
- Rap battles and real struggles animate Zoya Akhtar’s film about an 'up-and-coming emcee'
- Ranveer Singh plays Murad, a rapper from Dharavi who channels his frustrations into rhyme
There’s a phrase that echoes through Gully Boy like a talisman. Bohot hard, fledgling rapper Murad (Ranveer Singh) is told again and again, as encouragement, as validation. It’s a compliment the film would badly want paid back to it. But it’s not that easy. ‘Bohot hard’ is the gulf between Murad coming up in confidence-annihilating open mics and Singh getting to rap not just because he’s good at it but because he’s a famous actor and people are happy to let him. It’s also the distance between the lives of Singh and director Zoya Akhtar and the sort of people whose lives they’re putting on the screen.
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