Gully Boy

dir. Zoya Akhtar
India 2019, 153’

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Awards and festivals
Asian Film Awards - nominations for the Best Score, Costumes, Production Design; Asian Academy Creative Awards - Best Film; Awards of the International Indian Film Academy - Best Editing, Best Dilogues, Best Cinematography; Bucheon International Fantastic FF - NETPAC Award; Indian FF Of Melbourne - Best Film; Jagran FF - Best Screenplay, Best Score; Lions Gold Awards - Best Actor; Mirchi Music Awards - Trendsetters Album of the Year; Palm Springs IFF - Audience Award; Screen Awards - Best New Actor; Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Score, Best Dialogues, Best Directorl Best Film, Best Lyrics, Best Production Design, Best Costumes
Credits
India 2019
Duration: 153’
director: Zoya Akhtar
screenplay: Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar
cinematography: Jay Oza
editing: Nitin Baid
music: Karsh Kale
cast: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi
producer: Farhan Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani
production: Excel Entertainment, Tiger Baby Films
language: Hindi
colouration: colour
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Film description

If you're good at something, do it all the way. Murad, torn between his school and street life, discovers he has a real talent for music. He starts passionately rhyming about the reality around him, the things that are painful for him and those that make him happy. About poverty, family, and a tough life of a Muslim boy in the overcrowded Dharavi slums in Mumbai. He makes friends with a renown musician, MC Sher, and enters the local rap scene, where he quickly gains a lot of respect. Can he become a professional musician and perform with the NY rap legend Nas, even though his culture, religion, and his violent father are calling his choices into question?

Murad will have to fight many battles, not just the rap ones – battles for life, dignity, and the love of a beautiful, cheeky Safina. "Gully Boy" is an epic tale about the power of art and chasing dreams that are larger than life. Zoya Akhtar chose
a mainstream film formula, which she filled with great music and powerful emotions. She also went against the current in her portrayal of Muslim protagonists who, now more than ever, are getting unjustly stereotyped in Bollywood. The result is a spectacular success of the bustling Indian cinema.
The film is based on the real stories of Mumbai rap stars, with Nas himself as the executive producer.

text:
Marcin Krasnowolski

Zoya Akhtar

Director and screenwriter from a famous artistic family. She graduated in directing in NYC and worked as an assistant to Mira Nair among others. She debuted with the film "Luck by Chance" in 2009, and then achieved commercial and artistic success with the comedy-drama "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara" with Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif in 2011. Before directing "Gully Boy", she took part in two anthology projects - "Bombay Talkies" and "Lust Stories".

Filmography:

2009 Luck by Chance

2011 Żyje się tylko raz / Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

2013 Bombay Talkies / Bombay Talkies

2015 Dil Dhadakne Do / Let the Heart Beat

2019 Wersy ulicy / Gully Boy / Gully Boy

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