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Gully Boy is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language musical drama film written by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, and directed by Akhtar. The film is co-produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar under the banners of Tiger Baby and Excel Entertainment productions. Inspired by the lives of street rappers Divine and Naezy, it stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, and features Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Vijay Raaz in supporting roles. Principal photography for Gully Boy began in January 2018 and wrapped up in April 2018. It was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February 2019 and released in theatres on 14 February 2019 to positive reviews from critics. It grossed over ₹214 crore (US$30 million) worldwide against production budget of ₹40 crore (US$5.6 million).
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Zoya Akhtar|
|Written by||Vijay Maurya|
The Salvage Audio Collective
|Edited by||Nitin Baid|
|Budget||est. ₹40 crore|
|Box office||est. ₹214.64 crore|
Gully Boy is a 2019 Indian Hindi-language musical drama film written by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, and directed by Akhtar. The film is co-produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar under the banners of Tiger Baby and Excel Entertainment productions. Inspired by the lives of street rappers Divine and Naezy, it stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, and features Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Vijay Raaz in supporting roles.
Principal photography for Gully Boy began in January 2018 and wrapped up in April 2018. It was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February 2019 and released in theatres on 14 February 2019 to positive reviews from critics. It grossed over ₹214 crore (US$30 million) worldwide against production budget of ₹40 crore (US$5.6 million).
Murad Ahmed, a final year college student, lives in the Dharavi slums of Mumbai. His abusive father Aftab brings home a much younger second wife, much to the chagrin of the family. Murad nurtures a fascination with rap music and writes lyrics to express himself. His longtime girlfriend Safeena is training to be a surgeon and routinely meets him in secret. Forced to work part-time as a chauffeur after his father is injured, Murad continues to write, with his lyrics informed by the inequalities he observes while on the job. Making the acquaintance of local rapper Shrikant (alias MC Sher), he is drawn into performing his lyrics at underground shows and eventually uploading a video on YouTube.
Berklee College student Sky reaches out to Murad and Sher, offering to collaborate on a new song. The accompanying video, which is shot in Dharavi, rapidly becomes popular. Murad shares an intimate moment with Sky, later lying to Safeena about it. When Safeena eventually finds out, she reacts violently towards Sky, and a horrified Murad decides to break up with her. As Aftab's violence towards him and his mother escalates, Murad decides to leave home with his mother and work full-time for his uncle.
Murad and Sher enter a contest to open for Nas at his Mumbai concert, and Murad advances to the finals after a successful rap battle. When Sky expresses her romantic feelings for him, he decides to instead reconcile with Safeena. Murad's confidence grows from interacting with rap fans' appreciation of his performances, and he finally stands up to his father and uncle when they belittle his passion. The movie ends with Murad's family and friends watching as Murad, the winner of the contest, begins his opening performance.
Akthar has co-opted the story of two Mumbai based MC's, Naezy and Divine, into a musical story potraying a struggle of aspiring rapper and his surroundings that influences his journey. Principal photography of the film began in January 2018 and it was wrapped up by April 2018.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||24 January 2019 (2019-01-24)|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Zee Music Company|
|Singles from Gully Boy|
The soundtrack is composed, and performed by a myriad of Indian musicians, MCs, and producers, such as Divine, Naezy, Sez on the beat, Rishi Rich, Dub Sharma, Jasleen Royal, Ace, Ishq Bector, MC Altaf, MC TodFod, 100 RBH, Maharya, Noxious D, Viveick Rajagopalan, and others.
|1.||"Asli Hip Hop"||Spitfire||Spitfire||Ranveer Singh||1:40|
|2.||"Mere Gully Mein"||3:05|
|3.||"Doori Poem"||Javed Akhtar||Rishi Rich||Ranveer Singh||1:05|
|4.||"Doori"||Rishi Rich||Ranveer Singh||2:15|
|6.||"Jingostan Beatbox"||Dub Sharma||Dub Sharma||Dub Sharma||2:21|
|7.||"Sher Aaya Sher"||Divine||Chandrashekar Kunder||Divine||2:14|
|8.||"Jahaan Tu Chala"||Aditya Sharma||Jasleen Royal||Jasleen Royal||2:20|
|10.||"Kab Se Kab Tak"||2:33|
|11.||"Kaam Bhaari"||Kaam Bhaari||Kaam Bhaari||2:18|
|12.||"Ek Hee Raasta"||Javed Akhtar||Rishi Rich||Ranveer Singh||1:11|
|13.||"Apna Time Aayega"||2:20|
|14.||"Jeene Mein Aaye Maza"||Ankur Tewari||Ankur Tewari||3:19|
|15.||"Har Gham Mein Khushi Hai"||Ace||Ishq Bector||Ace||2:48|
|16.||"Jingostan"||Dub Sharma||Dub Sharma||Dub Sharma||2:34|
|19.||"NY Se Mumbai"||3:50|
Gully Boy was confirmed to be releasing on 14 February 2019 by Alia Bhatt. The first look official poster of the film released on 1 January 2019 and reconfirmed the release date to be 14 February 2019. Two new theatrical posters revealing looks of lead actors of the film unveiled for the public on 2 January 2019. The Trailer Announcement was made on 4 January 2019 with a small teaser in which Ranveer Singh is seen rapping. The official trailer of the film was released on 9 January 2019. The film has been selected in Berlinale Special section of 69th Berlin International Film Festival. The film was screened on 9 February 2019 for its world premiere at the festival. It was released in India on 14 February 2019on 3350 screens and in overseas market on 751 screens making worldwide count of 4101 screens.
Gully Boy received positive reviews from critics with praise directed to Akhtar’s direction, Maurya’s dialogue and Singh, Chaturvedi and Bhatt for their performances. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a score of 100% based on 16 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10.
Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost gave Gully Boy four stars out of five, writing, "Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt are devastatingly good in Zoya Akhtar's ultimate anthem for the rebel". Raja Sen of Hindustan Times called it "the first great Hindi film of 2019", while Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama went on to call it "Akhtar’s best film to date". Rachit Gupta of The Times of India also gave four stars. Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com also gave four stars. Livemint wrote, "It’s a hard-won transformation – bohot hard – and it rings true". Anupama Chopra commented, "By the end, I was wiping tears and cheering furiously not just for Murad, but for each one of these characters to find happiness".
Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV opined, "Gully Boy can be whole-heartedly commended for its craft, fascinating characters and Ranveer Singh. He absolutely kills the slow-burning rapper act. What's more, he does with a lot of energy to spare." Writing for Film Companion, Baradwaj Rangan gave Gully Boy three stars out of five and found it to be "softer than expected, but hugely entertaining and beautifully made". Ananya Bhattacharya of India Today rated it three stars out of five. Mayur Sanap of Deccan Chronicle also gave three stars. The Wire felt the film dealt with Bollywood tropes.
Manjusha Radhakrishnan of Gulf News rated the film 4/5 and wrote, "When he breaks down, you break down with him and that’s one of the biggest victories of Gully Boy". Among international reviewers, Lee Marshall of Screen International wrote, "Singh busts rhymes with the best of them in this energetic, entertaining film". Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film three stars of five. Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter commended Akhtar for her direction. Anita Iyer of Khaleej Times rated the film four stars out of five. Jay Weissberg of Variety wrote, "A mainstream rap musical served up with generous helpings of deftly written hip-hop lyrics and an appealing, largely well-woven narrative starring Ranveer Singh in all his charms".
Gully Boy opened with collection of ₹19.40 crore (US$2.7 million) on its first day. As of 25 February 2019[update] the film has grossed ₹154.87 crores from India and ₹59.77 crores from overseas, taking its worldwide gross to ₹214.64 crore (US$30 million).
Films produced by Ritesh Sidhwani