After the blockbuster Simmba, actor Ranveer Singh is all set to present his much-anticipated film Gully Boy, the trailer of which released on Wednesday. In Gully Boy, Ranveer plays a street rapper. Speaking at the trailer launch of the film in Mumbai, the 33-year-old actor said that he would have been ‘jealous’ if some other actor was signed for the film, reports news agency IANS. Ranveer also added the he was ‘born to do Gully Boy.
“When somebody told me about the script of Gully Boy, I told them that it is my film. If any other actor would have been a part of this film instead of me then I would have got burnt with jealousy. I was born to do Gully Boy and I knew only I can pull off this character,” IANS quoted Ranveer as saying.
Gully Boy is directed by Zoya Akhtar and stars Alia Bhatt opposite Ranveer Singh. Alia plays a feisty young woman. This is Ranveer and Alia’s first film together. “I really don’t know what to say about Alia (Bhatt). I don’t know how she happened to us. We are lucky that we have an actor like Alia Bhatt as a part of our cinema,” Ranveer said.
“I really don’t know what to say about Alia (Bhatt). I don’t know how she happened to us. We are lucky that we have an actor like Alia Bhatt as a part of our cinema.” Ranveer was answering every question via rap.
When Zoya was asked how she managed to work with him in the film, she said: “He is a method actor. If he has to rap for a day, then he will rap for the whole day.” Zoya has earlier directed more urban milieu set films like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and Dil Dhadkne Do. Where did she get inspiration to make such a raw and real film like Gully Boy, set in the streets of Mumbai?
“When I was editing Dil Dhadkne Do in 2014, that time my editor Anand Subaya actually showed me a video of an artist called Naezy who was like 21 years of age and he had put a song called Aafat. That’s the first time I saw a real and authentic rap what now is called as Gully Rap. It’s just stuck in my head and from that moment, till now, it’s just took me on a journey to make this film.”
Gully Boy also features Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhash and Siddhant Chaturvedi in key roles. It is inspired by the life of Divine and Naezy (Naved Shaikh), underground rappers from Mumbai. Releasing on February 14, it is produced by Tiger Baby Productions and Excel Entertainment.