While there are quite a few good reviews and buzz around Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy', the filmmaker's recent statements about the original Gully Boy singers Naezy and Divine, from whom she has originally taken inspiration from for her film, has landed her in the hot waters.
The filmmaker in an interview with a leading publication labelled the 'Gully Boy' rappers as 'hardcore feminists'. However, she made a few statements right after it that did not go down well with the rapers. She was quoted saying "I don't think they know the word. But it's in the way they talk about women, and also in the way they don't talk about them. There is also no cynicism in them, and they are all about making a change."
After the interview went viral, Naezy took to the micro-blogging site and wrote, "We are hardcore feminists but we don't know the word. Okay."
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However, the rapper was soon to clear the air and then hit out another tweet which read 'I think what she meant is that we don't label it as feminists or feminism but it shows in our words and actions. She knows us very well, I think we’re good.'
Directed by Zoya Akhtar, 'Gully Boy' will release on February 14, 2019. Not only that, but the film recently aired at an international film festival, and gained good reviews which already speaks volumes about what to expect. It will be co-produced by Zoya Akhtar's Tiger Baby and Excel Entertainment productions.
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