The trailer of Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s upcoming film, Gully Boy, was launched in Mumbai yesterday. The film is a musical drama based on the underground/gully rap movement of Mumbai, made popular by Indian hip-hop artists like Divine, Naezy and Emiway Bantai. Presenting the trailer, director Zoya Akhtar said, “In 2014, when I was editing my film Dil Dhadakne Do, my editor Anand Subaya showed me a video of a song called Aafat by Naezy. That was the first time I saw real, authentic gully rap. It just got stuck in my head and from that moment on, it was a journey and I am finally here.”
Ranveer Singh said, “When someone first told me about Gully Boy, I knew it was my film. If someone else had done it, I would’ve burned to ashes with jealousy. It’s a coming together of many things that are dear to me. I’ve loved rap and hip-hip music since I was a kid. It’s also about the city of Mumbai, my birthplace.”
Alia Bhatt, who portrays a medical student and Ranveer’s romantic interest in the film, shared her experience. “It was a brilliant experience working on this film. I feel Zoya and Excel Entertainment are a fantastic team. They are so on point. This film is so raw — it comes from the stomach and goes to the heart. I really felt that.”
Gully Boy has been selected for a special gala screening at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. The film is scheduled for release in India on February 14.