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Gali Guleiyan Movie Review

Release Date: September 07, 2018
Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Neeraj Kabi, Ranvir Shorey, Shahana Goswami, Ashwath Bhatt, Arbaaz Khan, Om Singh
Director: Dipesh Jain
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Duration: 1 hour 57 minutes

Gali Guleiyan (In The Shadows) is a psychological drama film that was premiered in 2017 at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival. It has also been screened at 42nd Cleveland International Film Festival, 2017 MAMI Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, and Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles. The film has received critical acclaim as well as rave reviews from the audience. Gali Guleiyan has now been released theatrically in India and it has been receiving good response from the viewers. The movie highlights the plight of city dwellers, many of whom are living insignificant, lonely lives, all while trying to make sense of their broken dreams and relationships.

The movie follows on the life of Khuddus (Manoj Bajpayee), who is a true-blue loner. He lives in a dirty and decrepit house in Old Delhi, where the layers of dust represent his lonely existence. Khuddus is no longer in touch with reality and he seems to have lost his purpose in life. The only human contact he has is his best friend (Ranvir Shorey). However, things change for Khuddus when he finds that a teenager living next door is being harassed by his father. Khuddus finds this using his spy cameras and he develops a strong feeling to save the child. He learns about another boy in the neighborhood who is also facing issues with his father. Khuddus starts getting increasingly paranoid, as he makes plans to rescue the troubled children.

Manoj Bajpayee has done a fantastic job in portraying this weird character that has various shades of gray. When he says, “Main kho gaya hoon“, you can really feel his deep melancholy and the wide chasm that separates him from his reality. Credit also goes to cinematographer Kai Miedendorp for his attention to details and Chris Witt for his ingenious editing. Director Dipesh Jain has also done a wonderful job in bringing this dystopian vision alive on the big screen. All other actors including Ranvir Shorey, Shahana Goswami and Om Singh have also delivered good performances.

Gali Guleiyan is not your everyday thriller with the standard recipe of providing edge-of-the-seat entertainment. It’s more about unspoken words and unexpressed emotions, whose meaning largely depends on how an individual interprets it. If you want to experience something unique and enlightening, Gali Guleiyan can be a good choice for you.

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