Ranveer Singh struggles as a Slumdog poet and rapper in Zoya Akhtar’s passionate musical rom-com. Zoya Akhtar directs with flair and passion and, aided by explosive performances from a right-on cast. Her main asset is Ranveer Singh, who shows a pleasingly full emotional range that extends to drama and hip hop. The music is a 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….
There is storytelling gusto and fun in this Mumbai-set romantic drama teetering cheerfully on the edge of camp, about a young guy called Murad who dreams of being a hip-hop megastar. The set piece and high point of the film is the uproarious video that Murad makes on the tough streets of Dharavi, very enjoyable. In the end, Gully Boy runs on very traditional lines, but is always engagingly dead set on entertainment.
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” revels in high-wattage screen chemistry and an inclusive social message, all served up in a slickly enjoyable production. One of the joys of “Gully Boy” is reveling in the chemistry between Singh and Bhatt, perfectly paired: Her ironic smile meets his open-faced grin and the screen lights up.