Zee Cinema to premiere Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt starrer ‘Gully Boy’ on 23 June

MUMBAI: Hindi movie channel Zee Cinema is all set premiere romantic drama ‘Gully Boy’ on 23rd June at 12 noon. The movie’s central narrative revolves around a rebellious underdog fighting daunting odds in a bid to become a rap star.

Directed by Zoya Akhtar, and written by Akhtar and Reema Kagti, the movie stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt in the lead along with Siddhant Chaturvedi, Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz, Vijay Varma and Amruta Subhash in supporting roles.

‘Gully Boy’ is an underdog story shining a light on India’s incipient hip-hop subculture. Set against the gullies of Dharavi, the plot of the movie chronicles the life of Murad Ahmed (Ranveer Singh), an ordinary boy. He is passionate, ambitious, yet emotional and refrains from expressing his thoughts, due to low confidence level.

Murad ponders over life and his conflict with his father at home by penning down his thoughts in a book cocooned in his space on the mezzanine floor of his modest house. He nurtures a secret fascination for rap music and his long-time girlfriend Safeena (Alia Bhatt) is training to be a surgeon. The couple routinely meet secretly away from the prying eyes of their families.

After his father is injured, Murad is forced to work part-time as a chauffeur to make ends meet. He is soon torn between his passion for rapping and his responsibility towards his family. Murad chooses the latter and takes up a desk job at his uncle’s firm. Murad soon meets a local rapper Shrikant a.k.a MC Sher (Siddhant Chaturvedi) and is drawn into performing his lyrics at underground shows and eventually uploading a video on YouTube.

He turns his happiness, grief, discomfort, and disappointment into hard-hitting lyrics which makes him an overnight internet sensation. A chance encounter with Berklee College student Sky (Kalki Koechlin) changes his life when she offers to collaborate with him on a music video.

Murad and MC Sher jump at the proposition and view this opportunity as redemption from their current struggles and make a mark for themselves as serious artists on the highly competitive rapping scene.

‘Gully Boy’ is a dedication to real life rappers Naezy and Divine, subtly highlighting their journey of becoming the most loved rap-stars of India. The film highlights Mumbai’s unexplored rap culture, revealing in a beautiful narrative, real struggles of Indian underprivileged artists. The 18-song soundtrack in the movie involves an estimated 54 contributors, which include rappers, Deejays, music producers and beatboxers from across the country.

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