A movie that transcends all class divides, GULLY BOY is unconventional in terms of its setting and the larger issues of class perceptions and social prejudices that it addresses. Starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead along with Siddhant Chaturvedi, Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz, Vijay Varma and Amruta Subhash in supporting roles, the movie’s central narrative revolves around a rebellious underdog fighting daunting odds in a bid to become a rap star.
On his prep to portray Murad on screen Ranveer Singh said, “Whatever struggles that I have faced in my life, whether to do with my career or personal relationships, I tapped into those hard experiences for my portrayal of Murad in GULLY BOY. The language came very naturally to me. The Mumbai street lingo is something I’ve grown up speaking. I am also the kind of person who is equally comfortable at high society gatherings and hanging out with the boys from the yard. This kind of experiences I have had growing up allows me to understand people from all social strata and that is a large contributor to my being able to be effective as Murad in ‘Gully Boy’. Hanging out with real “Gully Boys” while growing up, contributed to my knowledge of Mumbai street culture, thus allowing me to construct the character, internalize the emotions and service the story.”
Siddhant Chaturvedi speaking on his co-star Ranveer Singh said, “Ranveer Singh has motivated me throughout. Ranveer and I both worked a lot on the voice of our characters. In fact, he changes his voice and accent in every film. We both believe that 80 percent of your work is done through voice modulation. He advised me to keep a track of the voice I was using and to make sure that from the first day of the shoot to the last it was consistent. Every day he would come on the set and record his dialogues to make sure he kept the tone and pitch the same throughout.”
Speaking on the Indian rap scene in India and the artists featured in the movie, Zoya Akhtar said, “Many people know the genre in India. Within the genre, there are various types of forms and diverse artists. There are guys who write a conscious rap, about things that affect their lives socially and politically. They have distinct voices and each of their pieces has a different attitude. We had to make sure that all the artists had their own space on the album. Also, for people going to experience the genre for the first time we had to explain the ethos of the music and not make it sound like a lesson. MC Sher describes rap as rhythm and poetry.”
Gully Boy is a dedication to real life rappers Naezy and Divine, subtly highlighting their journey of becoming the most loved rap-stars of India. The film highlights Mumbai’s unexplored rap culture, revealing in a beautiful narrative, real struggles of Indian underprivileged artists. The 18-song soundtrack in the movie involves an estimated 54 contributors, which include rappers, Deejays, music producers and beat boxers from across the country.
Directed by Zoya Akhtar, and written by Akhtar and Reema Kagti, the movie is all set for its World Television Premiere on Sunday, 23rd June 2019, at 12 noon only on Zee Cinema.
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