KARACHI: The film Gully Boy, directed by Zoya Akhtar, is India’s official entry for the Oscars 2020. The Film Federation of India (FFI) unanimously chose it among 27 other films, according to The Wire. The film revolves around the inspiring story of a young rapper who hails from a poverty stricken home and makes it big with his career despite all the odds. The film stars Ranveer Singh as the main lead along with Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Sacred Games star Kalki Koechlin and Vijay Raaz.
The director’s brother who is a notable Indian actor, Farhan Akhtar took to his Twitter to share the news and show support for his sister.
Zoya Akhtar, who has taken the film to Sundance, Berlin and is releasing it in Tokyo as well, couldn’t be happier upon hearing this news. In an interview with Times of India, she said “This has been a great year 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.”
Alia Bhatt and Kalki Koechlin also took to Twitter to express their excitement.
However, the news was not received with the same enthusiasm online as some Twitter users have expressed that there are better and more qualified films than Gully Boy. There has further been an active mention of the films Article 15 and Andhadhun and how they should have been nominated for the Oscars instead.