After enthralling audiences and critics alike and winning hearts at the box office, ‘Gully Boy’ has been announced as India’s official entry to the Academy Awards next year. The film, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt and directed by Zoya Akhtar, is the story of a youngster from Mumbai slums who attains popularity as a rapper.
The announcement was made by the jury of the Film Federation of India consisting of Aparna Sen, Guneet Monga, among others on Saturday.
‘Gully Boy’ had released on February 14, Valentine’s Day earlier this year and is based on the story of many real-life rappers like Divine and Naezy, who made it big after showcasing their rapping skills in the slums of Mumbai.
The film was unanimously lauded by the critics and was accepted by the audiences as well. ‘Gully Boy’ even entered the Rs 100-crore club at the box office.
‘Gully Boy’ was produced by Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment. It was the second collaboration between Zoya Akhtar and Ranveer Singh after ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ also featuring Priyanka Chopra, Anil Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar and Shefali Shah.
The movie had particularly left the Bollywood stars awed. Karan Johar had written a length note for the film then, “When passion supersedes grass root realities...when dreams make you wake up to bigger dreams....when you wrap rap into a form of solid expression....when you tell a story that has all this and more....that’s when you have a film that you can assuredly call a MASTERPIECE of modern times!"
He continued, "@zoieakhtar weaves a story of aspirations in the underbelly of Mumbai like a bonafide magician....she slowly reveals every trick in her genius bag and you walk away with a lump in your throat and a swag in your step! #apnatimeaayega becomes your life mantra and all you want to do is dance the dance of great Cinema! I have just witnessed a cult classic that has possibly the best ensemble of actors we have seen this decade..."
"@ranveersingh delivers the loudest quiet performance oscillating between silence and storm and you are left awestruck by his immense versatility and ability to sink his teeth into every single character....he makes you feel every beat of Murad’s beats! Outstanding!! What do I say about the girl wonder @aliaabhatt who explodes like a volcano every time she appears on screen! You wait for her and worry about her next move with joy and excitement! ! She is so so so brilliant! I think Safeena deserves a spin off film of her own!" KJo wrote.
The filmmaker had concluded, "@siddhantchaturvedi makes a smashing debut as MC sher ! He is pitch perfect balancing arrogance and goodness with the ease of a veteran! Every member of the ensemble is terrific! Congratulations to my friends @ritesh_sid and @faroutakhtar for producing this gem of a movie! And finally my dearest Zoya......you are my favourite filmmaker and I feel so proud that I can witness your genius unravel at close quarters!! Well done team #gullyboy the entire technical crew needs a standing ovation!!!! What a film!!!!!!”
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