Ranveer Singh is on a roll. He hasn’t had a flop in ages and his performances seem to get better with each movie. In 2018, he impressed one and all in the historical Padmaavat and the action drama Simmba, both of which were blockbusters. He seems to be continuing in the same vein in his upcoming release Gully Boy, directed by Zoya Akhtar. The Valentine’s Day release was screened at the Berlin Film Fest where it was watched by eager fans and some well-known critics. And the verdict is out – Ranveer Singh is outstanding and the film is fab.
Writing for Rediff.com, noted author and critic Aseem Chhabra writes, “The heart of Gully Boy is Ranveer Singh's intense although very quiet and internal performance -- his best in a short career that started with Band Baaja Baaraat (released in late 2010). The performance is peppered with moments of insecurity, innocence, honesty, and to be recognised for the talent that is about to explode within him.”
I feel like I am in Bombay - the audience is whistling and clapping at every beautiful moment etched forever in cinema. The world, get ready for #GullyBoy - presenting a new language in Hindi Cinema! – attending... https://t.co/QU69nhqupC— Samir Bhamra (@phizzical) February 9, 2019
Giving his first impression of Gully Boy, critic Prathap Nair writes, “ It’s easy to say Ranveer Singh is a revelation but Gully Boy brings out the side of him that is quiet yet gutsy, responsible yet adventurous, morally upright yet considerate. With unkempt hair, unvarnished complexion and kajal in his eyes, he is utterly convincing as the soft-spoken Murad with fire in the belly.”
Watched the world premier of #GullyBoy @berlinale . Intense movie, strong characters, emotional , focused direction, different narrative, superb direction, @RanveerOfficial intense role, gripping performance, @aliaa08 show stopper, #ZoyaAkhtar, brilliant, @ritesh_sid innovator,— Chaitanya Prasad (@Chatty111Prasad) February 10, 2019
Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin and Siddhanth Chaudhary has come in for praise too. The story revolves around Ranveer’s character who grows up in a slum in Mumbai but turns to rap to express his angst and overcome his circumstances.
Take a look at some of the tweets that have come up post its screening.
The film releases on Thursday February 13 in the UAE.