Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy has scored big at the Berlin Film Festival where the eagerly-awaited film was screened on Saturday night. Ranveer Singh who attended the screening along with his co-star Alia Bhatt, director Zoya Akhtar and producer Ritesh Sidhwani was quite simply “blown away” by the audience reaction. He watched the film with the Berlin audience and then answered all their questions on the cultural references in Gully Boy.
Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Zoya Akhtar are all smiles!
By the end of the screening and the interaction, Ranveer had the Berlin audience and critics making curious inquiries about his whereabouts and antecedents. No doubt a new Bollywood star is born in the West. Says producer Ritesh Sidhwani , “It was sheer madness. We got an excellent reaction from the Berlin audience. There was whistling and clapping whenever the songs came on.”
Writing on the film after its screening at the Berlin Film Festival the Hollywood Reporter says, “Zoya Akhtar …. directs with flair and passion and, aided by explosive performances from a right-on cast, triumphs over the familiarity of the star-is-born storyline. Her main asset is Ranveer Singh, who broke into Bollywood with the rom-com Band Baaja Baraat and who here shows a pleasingly full emotional range that extends to drama and hip hop. With his hair combed over his eyes and noticeably muscle-bound, he is heroic but mild-mannered, rarely exceeding the sphere of believability.”
Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Zoya Akhtar
Ranveer, we hear, wants his new bride Deepika Padukone Singh and his parents and only sister to be the first ones to see Gully Boy in India. After two blockbusters Padmaavat and Simmba in 2018, it is evident that Ranveer Singh will commence 2019 with yet another remarkable success.
Ranveer Singh at the Berlin Film Festival