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Gully Boy India’s entry for Oscars 2020

 Entertainment Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:45 PM, 22 September 2019   Updated: 01:54 PM, 22 September 2019

Gully Boy is helmed by Zoya Akhtar

Gully Boy is helmed by Zoya Akhtar

Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, has been declared as India's official entry for the 92nd Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category.

Zoya Akhtar directorial Gully Boy, starring Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead roles, has been declared as India’s official entry for the 92nd Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category, earlier known as Best Foreign Language Film category.

Gully Boy is a coming-of-age drama centred around the life of aspiring rapper Murad, portrayed by Ranveer. The film was inspired by the real-life stories of Mumbai rappers Divine and Naezy. The film released on February 14 this year to widespread critical acclaim. Alongside Ranveer and Alia, Gully Boy also starred Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Raaz and Kalki Koechlin.

In her review of Gully Boy, The Indian Express film critic Shubhra Gupta noted, “this is a film to enjoy, both in the seeing, and in the hearing: the soundtrack and the ‘songs’ leap off the screen. In today’s India, to bring a Murad and Safeena, their Muslim-ness a matter-of-fact statement, into centre-stage, to give traction to those who live on the wrong side of the tracks, is an act of bravery. I’ll take them any day over an overused Raj-and-Raveena. ‘Inka time aa gaya’. Rap along.”

Ranveer Singh said in a statement, “Gully Boy echoed the voice of the streets. It will always be one of my most personal films. As always, I will keep striving towards making the flag of Hindi cinema fly high. I am very happy that the passionate hard work that our cast and crew put into creating Gully Boy is reaping rewards.”

He added, “It’s a proud moment for our entire team. I am especially proud of and happy for Zoya! Gully Boy is her (Tiger) baby, and I am blessed to have been a part of her maverick vision. With the love and support of our beloved audience, we are hoping to make a significant mark on the world stage.”

Alia Bhatt said in a statement, “Gully Boy as a film is really special to me. What’s even more special is that it has had such a long run after releasing in February. It won at the Melbourne Film Festival and then it was also shown in Japan. Now, it’s been selected as India’s official entry for the Academy. So, hereon, I just hope, pray and wish that we make it to the nomination and then win. This is a first and it’s a big deal for us. As a team, we are very excited.”

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