'Gully Boy' is India's official entry to Oscars

Actor Ranveer Singh

Actor Ranveer Singh. Image Source IANS News

It was produced by Ritesh Sidhwani and siblings Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar under Excel Entertainment and Tiger Baby Productions. Also featuring Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Vijay Raaz in supporting roles, Gully Boy is the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2019 and the year's highest-grossing Bollywood film overseas.

Gully Boy was zeroed in from a list of 27 film."There were 27 films in the running this year but it was an unanimous decision to select Gully Boy", FFI secretary general Supran Sen told news agency PTI.

"We are so thrilled", Zoya Akhtar said in a press release about her film Gully Boy being chosen to represent India in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the Oscars.

Ranveer Singh called Gully Boy one of his "most personal" films. The actors were praised for their powerful performances and Zoya Akhtar was applauded for the wonderful direction. Congratulations are certainly in order for team Gully Boy!

Amruta, who played Murad's (Ranveer's character in the film) mother Razia Ahmed, said she is overwhelmed. "Woweeeeeeeee! That is just the best Saturday evening news!" she tweeted. I am sure it will resonate and touch the hearts of everyone.

Varma, whose portrayal of Moeen in the film earned him critical acclaim, said, "We are going to Oscars". It is very special. "As a team, we are very excited".

Although India has three Academy Award nominations under its belt in this category - for "Mother India" in 1957, "Salaam Bombay" in 1989, and "Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India" in 2002, the country hasn't won.

Interestingly, Village Rockstars, directed by Rima Das, was also India's official entry for 91st Academy Awards. The awards will take place on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, US.

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