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Gully Boy

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Underdog Bollywood drama has language, drinking, smoking.

Movie NR 2019 154 minutes
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Chosen as India's entry for the 2020 Academy Awards, though sadly falling out of competition in the early stages, this underdog story is set in the same Mumbai streets as 2008 hit Slumdog Millionaire. In Gully Boy, Singh makes for a charismatic leading man, showing great emotional range as he journeys from shy, frustrated dreamer to finding his self-worth and coming into his own. His on-screen chemistry with Bhatt lights up the screen, her knowing smile and fearless determination making for far more than a love interest.

Though there are serious issues, plenty of playful elements can be found in the central romance, as well as in the raps themselves. The music is full of humor and joy, as well as some hard-hitting truths within the sharply written rap battles performed by the main characters. Mixing the modern with the traditional, the poignant with the whimsical, this is an uplifting film certain to entertain.

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