‘Gully Boy’ is India’s official entry official for the Academy Awards. The film was appreciated for its powerful dialogues and of course the rap songs (with powerful lyrics).
The Zoya Akhtar directed film stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt and is was inspired by the lives of rapper Naved Shaikh, popular by his stage name Naezy, and rapper Divine (Vivian Fernandes), who grew up in the slums of Mumbai.
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Priyanka Chopra feels the movie has the “potential” to reach the final five. Even the makers of the film will now try to see how their film can make it to the final five, because around 150 countries send in their entries for the foreign film category.
#GullyBoy has been selected as India’s official entry to the 92nd Oscar Awards. #apnatimeaayega— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) September 21, 2019
Thank you to the film federation and congratulations #Zoya @kagtireema @ritesh_sid @RanveerOfficial @aliaa08 @SiddhantChturvD @kalkikanmani & cast, crew and hip hop crew. 🕺🏻 pic.twitter.com/Eyg02iETmG
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India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
Assamese film ‘Village Rockstars’, directed by Rima Das, is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019. The film is about a girl who grows up in poverty and learns to survive in tough circumstances. The film will represent India in the Best Foreign Language category.
The film is about a young girl who grows up in poverty but still dreams of forming a rock band and owning a guitar someday.
With tears of joy and a feeling of pride, I humbly accept this news. #VillageRockstars is India’s official entry for the #Oscars ! Let that sink in 😃 https://t.co/CoprRkBT50
— rima das (@rimadasFilm) September 22, 2018
“It feels great. I don’t have many words to explain. The whole journey is kind of a fairy tale. It is a huge recognition for northeast and I think it is the first Assamese film to get selected. So I believe it will change a lot for filmmakers from the region,” says Das.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s “Padmaavat”, Alia Bhatt starrer “Raazi”, Rani Mukerji starrer “Hichki”, Shoojit Sircar’s “October”, “Love Sonia” directed by Tabrez Noorani, “Tumbaad”, “Halkaa”, “Kadvi Hawa” and latest release “Manto” were the other films in the list, from which ‘Village Rockstars’ was chosen.
No Indian film has ever won an Oscar till date. Ashutosh Gowariker’s “Lagaan” (2001), “Salaam Bombay” (1989), and “Mother India” (1958) have made it to the top five in the past.