No, Weekend hasn’t yet arrived, on the contrary, it is just the start of the week. And if you wondering why am I here midweek, then it is because this week I will be reviewing movies, one everyday, only for this week. It is like a mini film festival, so without any delay lets get to the point. So I have just finished watching the Manoj Bajpayee starrer Gali Guleiyan. Is it worth your time…lets find out.
Story & Screenplay
Gali Guleiyan is the story of a man living in the bylanes of Old Delhi, who happens to hear cries of help from a young boy through the walls of his house. Will he be able to help the young boy. The story aptly creates an atmosphere of clautrophobia synonymous with that of its lead and is quite interesting. The screenplay is equally foggy as you see the world through the eyes of its lead. Yes, there is a twist at the end but if you are paying attention, you will be able to guess it way before. But it is the journey that is heartwrenching and equally difficult to watch. Offlate, everyone has become an expert on treating depression on social media. But you just have to watch this film to know what depression is and how foggy your mind gets. Perfect display of portraying depression. On the hindsight, the intensity just drops slightly right at the end! The dialogues are minimal. Director Dipesh Jain has done such a phenomenal job handling such a delicate subject.
The performances are the highlight here. Shahana Goswami as Saira is wonderfully restrained. She is an actress that hasn’t got her due in Bollywood. Ranvir Shorey as Ganeshi is also very good. Liakat is a character simmering with anger and Neeraj Kabi plays it to the T. Om Singh as Idris, the little boy is such a natural and he internalises his character so well. And Manoj Bajpayee as Khuddoos has really delivered an acting masterclass. With such minimal dialogues to play with, be delivers a towering performance, with each expression displaying his mood aptly.
Gali Guleiyan, a poetic metaphor that stands for In The Shadows, is an offbeat film which is really hard to digest and not meant for everyone. It is disturbing and depressing in many ways. Yet it is a film that will grow on you and a film that I regret not watching in a theatre. It seems I have unearthed a gem! Available on youtube and highly highly recommended! Try not to miss this!