Gully Boy is an upcoming musical film written and directed by Zoya Akhtar. It stars Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, and Kalki Koechlin & is based on the life of Divine and Naezy (Naved Shaikh), underground rappers from Mumbai. Divine also taught Ranveer how to rap for the film. The film will songs crooned by Ranveer himself.

A day ahead of the film’s trailer release, writer-director Zoya Akhtar told news agency IANS that the film was written with just Ranveer and Alia in mind: “I am sure lot of people want to pair Alia and Ranveer. We wrote the part with Alia in mind and Ranveer in mind.” Zoya, who brings together Ranveer and Alia for the first time on the big screen, added: “So there was no question and we loved that they both said ‘yes’,” reported IANS.

Gully Boy has generated much interest in the audience already for the film’s storyline, about which, Zoya added: “I like the genre of music, I like the idea of coming-of-age on a sense and it’s an underdog story. It’s the story about a boy… so everything attracted me to it, every single thing. And it’s a story about my city and Mumbai is a very special place.”

“It’s one place where I honestly believe that anything can happen. Like you can go this way and be up there and you can go that way and fall down. You can literally feel the heat around the corner and this place is magic. If you sit here and all of it put together, it’s just very exciting, I just couldn’t resist,” she added. Zoya Akhtar simply summed up the essence of Gully Boy‘s teaser, which is set to a rap number by Ranveer and in which Mumbai forms an indispensable part.

It is produced by Tiger Baby and Excel Entertainment. 

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