Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy is India’s official entry for the 2019 Oscars. The Hindi film is about the journey of an aspiring rapper from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, fighting against the odds. It stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt.
Gully Boy is inspired by the lives of street rappers Divine and Naezy.
The film beat movies like Super Deluxe, Article 15 and Pahuna, which were among the 28 films in contention for its entry in the 92nd Academy Awards’ Best International Feature Film category. The jury that met in Kolkata for the screening and selection process felt that the feel-good factor of the film was important for the Oscar nomination.