The international media is all praise for Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Bpy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. The film is inspired by the life of underground rappers Divine and Naezy.

Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, featuring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, recently had its world premiere at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). The film ran to a packed auditorium and has received thunderous applause from the international media.

Jay Weissberg of Variety said that the chemistry between Ranveer and Alia was one of the “joys” of Gully Boy. “Her ironic smile meets his open-faced grin and the screen lights up,” he wrote.

“A Bollywood movie about a rapper from the slums may sound derivative, but what does that matter when Gully Boy revels in high-wattage screen chemistry and an inclusive social message, all served up in a slickly enjoyable production showcasing Ranveer Singh’s many charms? Zoya Akhtar’s most accomplished film to date is a mainstream rap musical about a Muslim guy from working-class Mumbai determined to break free from the strictures of expectation and class, all served up with generous helpings of deftly written hip-hop lyrics and a largely well-woven narrative that’s so likable one can almost forgive how the script barely bothers to resolve an important plot element,” the review read.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave it 3 out of 5 stars and said that “there is storytelling gusto and fun in this Mumbai-set romantic drama teetering cheerfully on the edge of camp”. In his review, he wrote, “In the end, Gully Boy runs on very traditional lines, and maybe comes too close to cliche, but is always engagingly dead set on entertainment.”

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