In 2019, we found ourselves mumbling “Apna time aayega” when Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt-starrer Gully Boy hit the silver screen on the occasion of Valentine’s Day. There was something about the film that touched all of us in different ways. You didn’t have to be a struggling rapper, or a musician, to understand and feel the film. If you’re an artiste, there were ample moments in the film which made you feel like what is being played out on the screen is nothing but your own story.
On Monday Masala today, as Gully Boy recently completed two years of release, let’s take a look at why every artist can relate to Ranveer and Alia’s film.
In Gully Boy, we see Murad (Ranveer Singh) writing raps when life takes a dark turn for him and things start going haywire. Be it the circumstances at home, a regret, breaking up with his girlfriend, or anything that makes him upset, his raps are his escape. His words, Apna Time Aayega, embodies the hope he still nurtures in his heart amid all the hopelessness.
Be it a writer, painter, lyricist, or any other artiste, their best works are often based on real-life experiences. And these experiences are often unpleasant. The best way to channel energies for an artiste is to create something new. And that often leads to fantastic results.
The passion that Murad has on his face when he spots someone wearing a T-shirt with a famous rapper’s face on it, or when he runs to get a closer look at MC Sher, is the same passion that most artistes have for their craft. In that one moment, nothing else exists.
When MC Sher told Murad that if he himself doesn’t want to tell his story, why would somebody else be interested, it encouraged Murad to step out of his comfort zone. Every artiste needs this kind of push once in a while so that they can challenge themselves and create something better.
It is a popular notion that a career in an artistic field is not a career at all. Too many authors have heard people tell them to ‘get a proper job’ and too many dancers or musicians have heard people tell them that this ‘is only a hobby, not a career’. Just because there is a struggle involved in something, does not mean that it isn’t a career. And one should never stop dreaming just because others say that it won’t be a reality someday.
In Gully Boy, Murad realises the blunder he has committed by deciding to miss his audition and sit back at his workplace. When his uncle says ‘you’ve decided your future’, Murad gets up, quits his ‘regular job’, and runs towards the audition to chase his dreams. Throughout the film, he is questioned by his father who thinks that his dreams should align with his reality. But Murad stands firm and says that he will change his reality to align with his dreams.
Nothing comes easy. And it is especially true for that thing you’ve dedicated your life to achieving. Many of us have had to make personal sacrifices to be where we want to go and at times, as it happens, your love life begins to suffer. In Gully Boy, Safeena (Alia Bhatt) goes through the same fate when Murad says ‘ye ab nahi hoga merese’ and temporarily breaks up with her. However, the film also shows that when love is true, it wins. No matter the circumstances. And Safeena and Murad showed us just that.
Murad loses his first rap battle and gets tongue-tied on stage. He gets extremely anxious and leaves the venue. Success isn’t an easy road and in reality, we all go through several failures and rejections before getting our big break.
The last scene of the film where Murad is being cheered on by the audience and is seen performing Apna Time Aayega with full enthusiasm is one of the best scenes of the film. The moment of triumph for our Gully Boy is finally here and he is absolutely killing it. All artistes can relate to Murad and think about their moment of triumph in this scene. Whether it has already been achieved or is yet to come, the scene makes us feel a whirlwind of emotions.