With films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadakne Do, director Zoya Akhtar has set a benchmark in the Bollywood industry. Zoya’s next film will star Ranveer Singh and will be called ‘Gully Boy.’ It’s a coming-of-age story based on the lives of street rappers from chawls and ghettos.
The director is currently scripting the film with Reema Kagti. In an interview, she said, “Yes, my next film is inspired by real-life street rappers. I watched these kids on the Net, and they just blew my mind. I didn’t know that this kind of music was coming out of the lanes and by-lanes of Mumbai. People are so consumed with listening to just film music that nobody pays attention to some serious talent on the streets. That is how it all started.” However, Zoya also added, “It is too early to talk. The film is not yet cast. We will roll sometime next year.”
Zoya’s film will clearly be inspired by Divine and Naezy. Both Zoya and Reema has been hanging out with the rappers who have played a significant role in shaping the story. The film also draws inspiration from rappers like Vik Sen aka Feyago, who won 2014’s best hip-hop underground artist award, Muck Fodi (Ashwini Mishra) who’s music revolves around bashing political people, et al.
The film will touch on subjects like Dalit oppression, street life, economic inequality and homosexuality and even corrupt politicians. Rumor is that Ranveer will be seen rapping in Urdu, Hindi, and Marathi.
Talking of working with Ranveer, Zoya said, “Yes, there’s a comfort level with Ranveer, but I am comfortable with most of the actors I have worked with. I am comfortable with Farhan and I love working with Hrithik. Then, I enjoyed my space with Katrina (Kaif), she is a pleasure to work with. And so is Priyanka (Chopra), Anushka (Sharma), Kalki (Koechlin) and of course, Anil Kapoor. I have been lucky with all my actors.” Zoya added, “I want to make different kinds of films, films with different themes. I liked Piku and Bajrangi Bhaijaan in the recent past, and now I want to watch Sairat and Court, I had missed these two films.”