Gully Boy, the Zoya Akhtar-directed film about street rappers in Mumbai , has been selected as India’s official entry to the Oscars.
And Alia Bhatt who will soon be celebrating her boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor’s birthday on September 28, has one more reason to celebrate.
In an exclusive chat she told this writer, “This is such a big first for me.My first film to go to the Oscars, It’s a big deal for me. And such an exciting moment for team Gully Boy.I can’t tell you my feelings right now. For now there’s just hope that we make it to five final nominations for best foreign film at the Oscars. But being sent as India’s official entry to the Oscars in itself is a big big deal for me.”
Aparna Sen, the chairperson of the Oscars committee, was apparently impressed with the film’s originality , vivacity and motivational mood.
Gully Boy Director Zoya Akhtar couldn’t contain her excitement as she told this writer, “This has been a great year for me and I am so overwhelmed with the response our work is getting. I am thrilled and very grateful that Gully Boy has been picked as India’s official entry for the Oscars. It’s crazy to receive such news days after my web film Lust Stories received a nomination for the Emmys.”
Adds Zoya’s stepmother Shabana Azmi, “I am thrilled and so so proud . I loved the film and am rooting for it with all my heart. I find it amazing that both Zoya with Gully Boy and Farhan with Dil Chahta Hai made pathbreaking Hindi films , just like their father(scriptwriter Javed Akhtar) had done 40 years ago with Zanjeer and Deewaar! How rare is that, three pathbreaking writers/filmmakers in one family .”
Siddhant Chaturvedi who rose to fame in Gully Boy as MC Sher , Ranveer Singh’s rapper-mentor , is above the moon. “I am super-excited.My first web show Inside Edge got nominated for the Emmys last year and now my first film going to the Oscars!! It’s a very special moment!It’s all about Zoya Maam(Akhtar) ’s genius, Ranveer Singh’s uplifting bromance , producers RiteshSidhwani’s and Farhan Akhtar’s sir’s mentorship! And the credit goes to the the whole crew.”