‘Gully Boy’ has opened to rave reviews, coming as a hearty delight after a number of rancid masala films choking the Indian box office. Zoya Akthar’s earnest film tells the tale about an aspiring Muslim rapper in a burgeoning hip-hop culture within India’s suburbs. Ranveer Singh is the struggling rapper, Murad while Alia is his childhood sweetheart Safeena.
Prior to the film’s release, many were wary that the film would portray Muslims in a negative light, however, the reviews are in and ‘Gully Boy’ is being lauded for showing them in a very positive light.
While Murad fights stereotypes of regressive Muslims by doing all he can to gnaw his way through the slums to become a rapper, his girlfriend Safeeena is both brave and fiesty; critics mention how “neither the hijab nor the walls of her house can restrict [her],” and at one point “beats up girls who try to flirt with her boyfriend.” Both characters have been described as “deeply impactful” and have a “driving force” within the film.
Critics have been commending the much-awaited film that steers away from the usual recycled trope of masala films.
— Firstpost (@firstpost) February 14, 2019
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! #GullyBoyReview pic.twitter.com/f6phWdsb7Q
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) February 14, 2019
Rating: 4 Stars
“@aliaa08 is so good that you regret the film isn't about her character Safeena. She's a jealous lover personified and sort of takes over the film”
Read the full review below.https://t.co/nKUkdOR1Uo
— Filmfare (@filmfare) February 14, 2019
It’s not just the critics either; fans have fallen for the film too.
Must watch. For Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Zoya, music, script, support cast… everything is just as killer as it can get!!! Amazing work, Team #GullyBoy. 👏👏#RanveerSingh #AliaBhatt #ZoyaAkhtar #GullyBoyReview #GullyBoyMovieReview @RanveerOfficial @aliaa08 pic.twitter.com/sbnyVBf8NT
— ÑävèéÑ (@_MIND_ITch_) February 14, 2019
Going again tomorrow because one time wasnt enough ♥️ #GullyBoy
— Darshit | GullyBoy 🎤 (@ranveersbro) February 14, 2019
#gullyboy finally… movie is worth yhe hype and excitement. Raps are amazing and well written dialogue. @RanveerOfficial is amaaaazing as always. You always give so much to your work. Proud fan😍. Loved the movie. Can't express how amazing i feel rn. Overwhelming experience.
— Pragya Sharma (@PragyaS49103644) February 14, 2019
— SATYA RELOADED💪 (@satyasanket) February 14, 2019
@aliaa08 as Safeena is one of my favourite female characters now. What a badass, man! She is quirky, funny, crazy and ambitious. Also, an absolute cutie. Every single frame she was in was literally owned by her fair and square. I really loved her. She was a literal mood #GullyBoy
— V. ◟̽◞̽ (@_heavenlyInsane) February 14, 2019
@RanveerOfficial What a performance !! 💕💕💕What a character, Murad 😭😭😭 I have cried along with him. You nevrr fail to surprise with the ability to get into the skin of the character u portray i canttt😭I nevrr expected to love it so much!!😭❤ #GullyBoy pic.twitter.com/8Ry1cGnXxs
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I can't remember the last Hindi film that was as well-reviewed as #GullyBoy. Kya picchur hai boss!
— YellowGlassDragon (@karishmau) February 14, 2019
#gullyboy what a movie! Apna Time Aayega is going to trend for a long long time . Supa!
— Vineeta (@vin_ambasta) February 14, 2019
At the end credits, The only one word on my mind "WOW".. @RanveerOfficial and @aliaa08 are the finest actors of this era…Music, direction, screenwriting, performances and everything is flawless. A must watch film for every music enthusiast #GullyBoy #Apnatimeaayega
— Shrinu Nakka (@Imshri09) February 14, 2019
Will you go watch ‘Gully Boy?’