Story by Madhav k.
If anyone has seen the Hollywood movie 8 mile will be able to identify the striking similarities in character sketch and circumstances of protagonist in 8 Mile and Gully Boy. Breaking free from the monotony of lavish films and stir by the story of Nazey, Zoya Akhtar decided to make a movie on the stories that have nested in the gullies of India. Such drastic change in the setting of the story required her to make some imperative changes. In such situation one movie that fits as role model her movie could be Eminem’s bio pic 8 mile. Of many factors that drive the film some are same as 8 mile like the character of MC sher and his chemistry with Murad and character of David Futur Porter’s and its chemistry with Eminem’s character rabbit, Murad’s love affair with two women is same as Eminem’s affair with two girls.
The rap jamming scene where Murad chokes is like the rap battle scene where Eminem chokes, the rap battel where Murad is hyping the crowd remind me of Rabbit hyping the crowd at his rap battel and the car dialogue amongst few others. Perhaps, the reason these similarities was to make the film more relevant to the international audience since they also have Luis Cascuberta as Assistant Director. What’s making the movie rule the hearts of Indian audiences is the rawness of the film, its design to effortlessly connect with the people who reside in the gullies (which is basically half of India) and the surreal performance of Ranveer and Alia.