Gully Boy At Berlin: An Oral History

Posted on February 12, 2019

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The premiere was near. Everyone was in a rush: producer Ritesh Sidhwani, director Zoya Akhtar, and stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt. Here’s an attempt to capture the stream-of-consciousness of the interview sessions.

ZOYA: The films I’ve done so far, I know those worlds. When I was assisting Mira Nair during Kamasutra, I was in charge of directing the extras and the background action — so I knew these strugglers. But with Gully Boy, when I heard Naezy, this “conscious rap”, I was struck that it exists. Here was a scene that was in Mumbai, my city, and I didn’t know about it. After 4-5 hours with Naezy, I knew there was a story to be told.

RITESH: Zoya met me and said she wanted to explore this rap culture. She started her research, and when she finished and gave me a narration, I could see the entire world. It was very visual.

RANVEER: I don’t think people underestimate me because of my fashion sense. I am in touch with various dimensions of my personality. I am intense on screen. I am also loving and vulnerable. Sometimes, I like to have my entertainer hat on. The costumes are about that.

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