Gully Boy has just been announced as India’s official entry for the Oscars and actress Kalki Koechlin, who plays the role of ‘Sky’ in the movie, says that the movie is a great representation of India’s new dawn.
After ruling the music chartbuster for weeks and having a gala run at the box-office, Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy starring Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, and Kalki Koechlin is going to Oscars.
Inspired by the lives of Indian street rappers Divine and Naezy, the film is a coming-of-age story about an aspiring street rapper from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai.
The musical drama is directed by Zoya Akhtar, and written by Akhtar and Reema Kagti. The film is produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar under the banners of Tiger Baby and Excel Entertainment productions, with Nas as an executive producer.
Talking about the film heading to Oscars, actress Kalki said, “I am really happy that the film got nominated and it is a good entry to the Oscars. I think Gully Boy is a great representation of India’s new dawn – one where we increasingly stand united by hope and pave the way for real, social change. The Indian Rap scene has considerably helped in pivoting this ‘change’ conversation favorably, and movies like Gully Boy are a testament to that fact and to the international audience that good Indian cinema now attracts.”
The film also starred Siddhant Chaturvedi and Vijay Raaz in supporting roles.
It was premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on 9 February 2019 and released in 15 February 2019 to positive reviews from critics. With a global gross of over 37 million USD, it is the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019 and the year’s highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas.