Gully Boy

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A story of a slum dweller who refuses to give up on his dreams in spite of all his hardships with a little push from his mother, his over possessive girlfriend, his questionable neighbourhood friends and a Tiger Mentor – This is Gully Boy for you when the sum total of all this adds up into a perfect weekend watch.

I have a confession here that I am tone deaf, do not understand English Songs and only Baba Sehgal comes to my mind when I think of Rap but this film has already made me read about the artists involved in its music, for the film’s music genre is something that no filmmaker has tried exploring and that also so brilliantly.

There are 4 major stand outs apart from the music for me :

  1. Ranveer Singh – As the underdog who refuses to give up on his dreams, this is like never before Ranveer Singh. downloadThe last movie he portrayed such a calm character was in the boring film Lootera. He is shy, non-confident but with the fire simmering within and his eyes speaking volumes. With a shade darker of his skin and bereft of any flamboyance he is the perfect Gully Boy.
  1. Alia Bhat – She portrays the possessive Girlfriend who has no inhibitions fights for and with her man. 3gtnlsno_alia-bhattinstagram_625x300_05_January_19Belonging to a conservative Muslim family but who has her own ambitions, desires and dreams which she isn’t ready to give up for anyone. Like someone recently said that she is truly the Meryl Streep of India. She slays it with her performance.
  1. Mumbai – This is a film that shows where actually Mumbai lives and how it commutes. Living in the slums travelling in the locals, the BEST Buses, sweating it out to survive in this City of Dreams. Some living after suffocating dreams, while others living to make their dreams a reality. imagesOne can actually smell the garbage, the sweat, the hot and humid Mumbai. The Mumbai lingo is pitch perfect.
  1. Zoya Akhtar – She is the perfect example of parents passing on their genes to the kids. All her three previous films have been different and brilliant. If nepotism gives us filmmakers like her and I am all for that. Long Live Nepotism !! More Power and Glory to you.

 

My verdict is very easy on this one – There can’t be anything better to do this weekend than catch up on Gully Boy unless you are going to go one a date with the leading pair of this film. You can select any one according to your preferences for Iove is gender neutral.However considering this scenario is highly unlikely considering their current relationship status : GO WATCH IT !!

Padmaavat

654778-padmaavatDisclaimer : This is my review of the film and I am no historian to vouch for any historical accuracy / inaccuracy. If you are someone with heightened spirit of taking offence please don’t read any further.

Padmaavat the movie is based on an epic poem written in 1540 by Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi, so we are told in the beginning of the film to set the record straight by the filmmakers.

I am not getting into the plot of the film as we are all aware of the same thanks to the Karni Sena,  overactive media, our school textbooks and by the tourist guides at Chittorgarh Fort (though the version is very much sanitised now bowing to the popular demand).

But contrary to what Karni Sena had been saying all along the movie is actually an ode to the valour, principles and righteousness of the Rajputs, had they seen the movie they would have learnt a thing or two before throwing stones at school buses and burning commercial establishments. Thankfully for someone like me who rarely moves out of the comfort zone of the Kingdom of Mewar, Amazon Prime proved to be a boon for bringing this visual treat to the small screens of our bedrooms. So like all Sanjay Leela Bhansali productions goes this is a visual treat mounted on a scale that maybe only SLB can outdo in his next productions.

As far as the cast is concerned Shahid Kapoor as Raja Ratan Singh has nothing much to do but offer platitudes on the आन-बान-शान of Rajputs. To match up the cruel and despotic Allaudin Khilji played brilliantly by Ranveer Singh someone more worthy was needed. Ranveer Singh plays all that is required by the character: eccentric, अय्याश, despotic, winner at all cost and only thing that he doesn’t openly play is a bisexual, with not so subtle hints thrown by the antics of his slave boy Malik Kafur.

Then there is The Padmawati – Rani Sa herself: Deepika Padukone. She looks ethereal, slays it with her acting and her presence. What she needs is a standing ovation after the movie. For me the whole movie is encapsulated in the last dramatic Johar scene. This is the scene that makes one a fan of Mr. Bhansali’s movies atleast I can proudly say that about myself. I am a sucker for drama, extravaganza and subtle OTT (I know its an oxymoron but watch the entire SLB movies to know what I mean).

Frankly if not for the controversy I doubt this movie would have been such a colossal hit but I guess any publicity is always good for the film either bad or good. The first half is a little drag but when Rani Sa gets in action there is never a dull moment !!

So go watch the film on Amazon Prime, the subscription is just Rs. 999/- and if you are an Airtel user download the Airtel Movies app and get one year subscription absolutely free, like I did and saved atleast 3K on the subscription, the movie tickets, popcorn and coffee and instead relished the movie from the comfort of my Bed.

Maa Padmavati

Rani-Padmini

आदरणीय माँ पद्मावती,

नमन !!

आपके बलिदान और मान सम्मान का दायित्व हम सब पर है और विशेषकर कर के हम मेवाड़ वासियों पर जहाँ आप ब्याह कर पधारे थे. मैं नहीं जनता की संजय लीला भंसाली की फिल्म में आपका कैसा चित्रण करा गया है ना ही जान सकूँगा (क्यूंकि यह फिल्म राजस्थान में नहीं लगने वाली) और ना ही जानने का उत्सुक हूँ. हमारी आस्थाओं और स्वाभिमान से खिलवाड़ करने का हक किसी को नहीं वहीँ हमारा भी यह दायित्व है की इसकी सुरक्षा के लिए हम दूसरों को असुरक्षित और असहज महसूस ना होने दें.

आप माँ हैं और सब जानती हैं फिर भी आपको बताना चाहूँगा की मैं आपका नाम लेकर जो बवाल मचाया जा रहा है मैं उससे आहात हूँ. कल ही गुरुग्राम में आपके मान सम्मान की रक्षा की आड़ मैं स्कूल बस पर पथराव किया गया और आज मेरे कार्यालय के कुछ ही दूर एक छोटे व्यापारी का सामान और सम्मान दोनों रोड पर उछालते हुए आपके नाम का जयकारा लगाया जा रहा था. क्या यह ठीक है ??

आप से माफ़ी भी मांगना चाहूँगा की चित्तोड़ दुर्ग में अनेकों बार जाने का सौभाग्य प्राप्त हुआ खासकर हमारी परिवार की कुलदेवी कालका माता के दर्शन हेतु लेकिन कभी जौहर स्थल जाने का सोचा भी नहीं. इस फिल्म के कारन अब मैं विश्वास दिलाता हूँ की अगली बार उस पवित्र स्थल के दर्शन ज़रोर करूँगा. मैं उस बात के लिए भी क्षमाप्रार्थी हूँ की सैंकड़ों अनभिज्ञ लोगों की तरह मैंने भी वोह कांच और महल देखा है और साथ ही स्कूल की इतिहास विषय में लिखी पड़ी इस बात को सच माना था अब तक.

आपका मेवाड़वासी,

दीपक सुखाड़िया