In the midst of relentless studying and preparations, I tried to give myself a break and watched “Gully Boy”. Here, I wish to share my insights on the movie!
The movie, with its unconventional storyline, depicts life on the narrow streets of Dharavi; it could serve as an eye-opener for millions of people. The film conveys that a person’s life could be changed in the passionate pursuit of dreams! But, only a few in those conditions of humility manage to take a fierce stand. We do not have to look too far to find examples, “Divine” and “Naezy”, around whom the film’s story revolves, are an inspiration in this context.
Zoya Akhtar, one of the finest directors in Bollywood, has truly shown her mettle in this movie. She has managed to portray the life of street boys in an extremely realistic fashion. Whether it is the social setting of slums in the country, or the restrictions imposed on women, the film does a commendable job of conveying a slice of life narrative.
The exclusion of the marginalised people shown in the movie is very real. Unlike the many movies where a person from a humble background becomes a hero, earns a lot of money and has a happy ending, this movie is one we can identify with more, in a sense that drastic overnight changes are not evident. It takes time for any change to happen, the oppression doesn’t come to an end with a single heroic event, a long term change in our mindsets is necessary. Thus, as projected in the movie, there is glaring social inequality in our society. There is a wider gap today between the rich and the poor than ever before. In the song, “Doori”, we can see the emotional/psychological exclusion as well.
Gully Boy could be a perfect inspiration for those struggling with various problems in their lives, as it gives hope. The hope that no matter what your background is, you can achieve milestones if you’re determined enough to attain your goals.