Ranveer Singh, the current heartthrob of Bollywood is ready to take on the role of a rapper. In his upcoming film titled Gully Boy, the notorious actor will be seen playing the role of a rapper inspired from the rappers in Mumbai. The film tells the story of the underground rap scene in Mumbai, which was discovered recently thanks to the likes of rappers Divine and Naezy.
Alia Bhatt was roped in to play a major character in this film directed by Zoya Akhtar. She will be seen playing the role of Zoya Ali, a Muslim girl and that’s all we know about her character as of now. What part Zoya plays in the rapper’s life is yet to be seen. Pictures of both Ranveer and Alia’s characters were released on social media.
Ranveer who had bulked up to play the role of Khilji for Padmaavat has lost all the muscle-mass and sports a lean body for the film. The actor was also hanging out with a number of rappers to learn the techniques and mannerisms his character needs. He was seen rapping in videos surrounded by the talented and popular street rappers of Mumbai. You can watch the video here:
By now, we all know the inspiration for Ranveer’s character are rappers Naezy and Divine.
Naezy, whose real name is Naved Sheikh, broke into the internet scene with his song Aafat, which he recorded as a 22-year-old on his iPad. From here, there was no looking back for this Kurla lad, whose first ever introduction to rap was Sean Paul’s song Temperature. Naezy has since then done seen success. His latest offering – Aane De – is a hit just like his other raps – Tehelka, Asal Hustle and Haq Hai.
Divine, whose real name is Vivian Fernandes, gained immense popularity after a 2013 home-made video for Yeh Mera Bombay, shot on the streets of his neighborhood, went viral. The rapper then collaborated with Naezy in 2015 for the track Mere Gully Mein. He went on to be signed by Sony Music India in 2015 but the contract has now ended. Divine’s tracks like Jungli Sher, Farak, and Paintra have been massive hits.
How Ranveer takes on the Bombaiya Hindi in Gully Boy will be interesting to see. Are you excited about this one-of-a-kind Bollywood film? Check out the trailer and let us know what you think about it!