Gully Boy is India's Official Entry for the Oscars Race and Social Media is Dissecting This
Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt's feature, Gully Boy, is India's official entry for the Oscars race and social media is having a field day with this decision
Gully Boy is now in the race for Oscars from India. The Film Federation of India had announced on Saturday that the film is India's official selection in the foreign-language film category for the Oscars 2020. Directed by Zoya Akhtar and written by Zoya and her long-time screenwriting partner Reema Kagti, Gully Boy is the story of a young man rising from the slums of Mumbai to become a renowned rapper.
Based on the real-life stories of Naezy and Divine, two rappers who became sensations, the story follows Murad, a young man struggling with an extremely difficult life, and his girlfriend Safeena. Murad, played by Ranveer Singh, and Safeena, played by Alia Bhatt, represent realistic human beings living very real conflicts. Ranveer Singh's portrayal of Murad was sensitive and vulnerable whereas Alia's portrayal of Safeena broke many stereotypes of the typical Bollywood heroine many are used to seeing on screen
The film also stars Sidhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz, Vijay Varma and Kalki Koechlin who also have gained much acclaim for their performances in the film. Gully Boy was a thundering box office success in 2019. It grossed 140 crores in India and 238 crores in total, adding the worldwide collection. The film won various awards as well. It received a lot of applause at film festivals and was also very well received by the critics. Many called it Zoya Akhtar's best film to date.
The soundtrack of the film was done by rappers themselves. Rappers such Divine, Naezy, Sez on the beat, Rishi Rich, Dub Sharma, Jasleen Royal, Ace, Ishq Bector, MC Altaf, MC TodFod, 100 RBH, Maharya, Noxious D, Viveick Rajagopalan contributed. Zoya Akhtar also took the help of the rappers such as MC Altaf and Kaam Bhaari while writing the dialog.
Social media had its own opinions about the film. Some called it well-deserved whereas some felt there were other films worthier of applause and nominations. Others just cracked jokes (which is probably the best part about social media). Check out some of the reactions here and let us know what you think in the comments.
#GullyBoy won't win the #Oscars2020.— Arya Suresh (@thecuriouself) September 21, 2019
It's a rule that adaptations and remakes won't be accepted. (Gully boy was inspired from 8 miles)
This is pretty shameful that when other industries are giving out great original content, a Bollywood favouritism thrives.
GULLY BOY may not be the best film among the 28 movies shortlisted to be sent to the Oscars, but it’s a smart choice in terms of bolstering India’s chances. Crowd-pleasing, well-acted underdog story that won’t intimidate Academy audiences.— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) September 21, 2019
Also, I dare say, slums.
I don't know on what idiotic basis did they decide that they should send a movie like Gully Boy to the Oscars when Bollywood churned out so many other better films transcending genres like Bharat and Student of the Year 2.— Akshar (@AksharPathak) September 21, 2019
Lust Stories, going to the Emmys.— Aniruddha Guha (@AniGuha) September 21, 2019
Gully Boy, India’s entry to the Oscars.
Common link: the Zoya factor.
So happy that #GullyBoy has been selected as India's official entry in the International Feature Film category at the Oscars this year. To me, it's Zanjeer of the 21st century - story of another angry young man who's battling various tensions around family, friends & society.— Tathagata Chatterjee (@TathagataChatt2) September 22, 2019
What about sonchiriya— Hemant Singh (@HemantS49654003) September 22, 2019
Gully boy just got the nomination but wont far in the race
Article15 was good but predicatable
Sonchiriya was good story and good message. True India that foreigners want to see otherwise slumdog millionaire was waste movie
If you're the jury member then your film can make a direct entry to oscars! But the saddest part is, india is producing tons of movies per year but where's the quality cinema? #GullyBoy is good but not an oscar level film. Disappointed #GullyBoyForOscars #RanveerSingh— Mrs KRK (@mrs_krk) September 22, 2019
So is Gully Boy https://t.co/kjsn1GEYeH— Not important (@secularengineer) September 22, 2019
8 mile— Not important (@secularengineer) September 22, 2019