Ranveer Singh’s name is almost confirmed for filmmaker Zoya Akhtar’s next, claims city-based rapper Naezy, from whose life the film is inspired. The forthcoming project, rumoured to be titled ‘Gully Boy’, is about the lives of street rappers from Mumbai’s chawls and ghettos, including artistes Naezy and Divine.
There have been reports that Ranveer will be seen in the role of a rapper. When asked if the 31-year-old actor is doing the film, Naezy said, “He is doing the film, it is almost confirmed. But still there are few things which are yet to be finalised, writing is underway.” The ‘Asal Hustle’ rapper, whose real name is Naved Sheikh, said, “Ranveer also listens to hip-hop. He knows what real hip-hop is. We spoke to him and he is also very excited regarding this. He will enjoy this (role) too. I had done a Bollywood track called ‘Birju’ on which he lip synced and was in my get up. He was rapping like me. He listens to all our music. He is a very versatile actor. He can be a Bajirao and a rapper too.”
Naezy, who resides in Kurla, said as part of the film’s research, Ranveer visited their locality and tried to understand the “life and stories” of underground rappers. Zoya also saw live performance of the artists to get a better insight, and Naezy says the rappers on their part gave her inputs.
Divine, who is behind the hit ‘Jungli Sher’, feels it will be great if Zoya makes a film on the underground hip-hop scene in the city. When asked if a movie will help get rap in the mainstream, Divine said, “It will happen, but depends on what kind of a movie is made. Because rap is related to girls, guns and drugs. But in our space it is different. We talk about everyday struggles, so I think it should be the right director and the right film. If Zoya is making a film, then I think it’ll be brilliant because her films are quite nice,” he said. The duo behind the viral hit ‘Mere Gully Mein’ are often hailed as ‘Internet sensation’.