It's good! Nearly three years after the release of the excellent Dil Dhadakne Do, Zoya Akhtar is back with Gully Boy as her fourth feature film. And after speaking about dreams of glory, initiatory journeys and family conflicts, the filmmaker, who is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding talents of her generation, tackles a theme that has been little treated by Indian cinema.
Gully Boy is inspired by the life of two Indian rappers who grew up in slums and got away with rap. A counterculture still far from being accepted by the mainstream media in India but speaking to a section of the youth, especially the disadvantaged youth who fight for the abolition of social classes.
An exciting subject that can give rise to a very big movie! And on the main cast we can expect great performances from Ranveer Singh who trains to rap for several weeks already with professionals and an Alia Bhatt able to renew in each film. The main duo was present today in a Mumbai slum where filming was officially launched. Some (blurry) photos have been published by fans.
But this is not the only information that has been unveiled recently. Indeed, a few days ago we learned that Kalki Koechlin was joining to the cast! The actress has already collaborated with Zoya Akhtar on Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and she will return in Gully Boy for what is advertised as an important secondary role. We have already seen the actress try successfully to slam on a text she had written and the impact was consequent.
Can we expect to see her rapping in this project? Nothing is certain. Still, the actress is a name that only increases a little more expectations that we have for this project! Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin are an impressive trio. In the list of casting rumors, some sites also announce the presence of Vicky Kaushal.
The actor who has mainly worked in Anurag Kashyap's productions is currently shooting in Raazi. Alia Bhatt's other project this year. However nothing has been confirmed regarding Gully Boy. For the moment no official release date has been given for this film, although several rumors announce it for the end of July this year. Gully Boy is co-written by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, and is produced by Excel Entertainment.