Certificate: UA

Directed By: Dipesh Jain

Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Ranvir Shorey, Neeraj Kabi, Shahana Goswami, Arbaaz Khan, Ashwath Bhatt, Om Singh

Story: Dipesh Jain

Dipesh Jain, Shuchi Jain and Lena Verma’s GALI GULIYAN is a fascinating physiological thriller. The film tells the story of a man Khuddus (Manoj Bajpayee) who is stuck in the bylanes of Chandni Chowk, Delhi. Having lost track of time and purpose of his life, his morose existence revolves around the morbid fantasy of spying on his neighbors.  You watch him suspiciously, the way he watches others. Khuddus’ only window to the outside world is his best friend (Ranvir Shorey). The latter haplessly watches his friend losing grip on reality and strives to keep him occupied and alive. However, traumatised and seemingly disoriented Khuddus, who’s on the verge of dying of starvation, is plagued by an agenda. The movie features the adolescent non-actor Om Singh as a victim of child abuse in a parallel track who needs to be rescued. Both the tracks run simultaneously. What strikes you the most about Gali Guleiyan is the way it portrays alarming psychological isolation and parent-child disconnect. The story is poignantly told with some nice twists, but its central mystery is a fail. Dipesh Jain the director tries to use the timeless quality of blackened Old Delhi to suggest that events are taking place simultaneously, hinting that Idu is the abused boy Khuddus is looking for. But any attentive viewer will soon connect the dots. In any case, this non-revelation is unnecessary and the story works better without it.

Technically the film is good; Cinematography is nicely done by Kai Miedendorp, he has captured the areas and ambience of Old Delhi very well. His attention to detail makes the film a riveting watch. Editing by Chris Witt is clever; the intercutting of the track is smartly done. Music by Dana Niu sticks to the story and does not let your engagement with the film go away.  

Performances wise the film is led by a spectacular cast and Manoj Bajpayee leads them, he stands out. Ranvir Shorey and Shahana Goswami are brilliant, Om Singh makes you relive the trauma that he is facing.  

Director Dipesh Jain does a good job, he has beautifully altered the grownups and children’s stories and as increases the tension as the film progress towards its climax.

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