Zoya Akhtar’s tribute to the organic hip-hop movement in India has made quite an impression on the audiences critically and commercially. Her film Gully Boy stars Ranveer Singh as Murad Sheikh aka the eponymous Gully Boy who rises from the slums to be a hip-hop star.
The film was screened at the Berlinale film festival in Berlin but was released worldwide on February 14th. It got rave reviews and in its first week has managed to gross 88 crores.
And it shows no signs whatsoever of slowing down. Could the film hit a 300 crore mark?
I wish twitter had more than 280 characters for all the brilliant characters of #gullyboy so had to take to Instagram to share my thoughts on this incredible film and my favourite film this decade! Zoya Akhtar is my favourite filmmaker!— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) February 19, 2019
Farhan Akhtar is still happy to be receiving praise for Gully Boy, a film he has co-produced with his sister, Zoya.
The film also stars Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Varma and Vijay Raaz in key roles and is written by Zoya herself along with her screenwriter friend and long-time collaborator, Reema Kagti.
The film is based on the lives of Divine and Naezy, two Mumbai-based rappers. The dialogue is written by Vijay Maurya but Zoya Akhtar spoke to Film Companion and revealed how they had involved various actual rappers such as MC Altaf and Emiway Bantai to create the dialogue of the film where the rappers converse with each other.
Haven’t watched Gully Boy yet but are looking for a review? Watch our review here