MUMBAI: Zoya Akhtar's 'Gully Boy' gained quite a few buzz when it made India's official entry to the category of Best International Feature Film for Oscars 2020. However, the movie failed to make it to the list of shortlisted movies for the prestigious award that was announced on Monday.
The Ranveer Singh starrer movie was released earlier this year in the month of February and the story was inspired by the lives of Divine and Naezy, both street rappers. 'Gully Boy' focuses on the rise of Murad from Mumbai slum to becoming a well-known name in the rap world. Besides Singh, the movie also stars Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz and Vijay Varma in key roles.
No Indian movie has won an Oscar till date. Only three Indian movies which include 'Salaam Bombay', 'Lagaan' and 'Mother India' have made it to the top five.
Earlier when it was announced that this Zoya Akhtar directorial will represent India on a global stage, Ranveer Singh expressed his happiness and said, "Gully Boy echoed the voice of the streets. It will always be one of my most personal films. As always, I will keep striving towards making the flag of Hindi cinema fly high. I’m very happy that the passionate hard work that our cast and crew put into creating Gully Boy is reaping rewards."
Director Akhtar was also super thrilled about her movie, making India's official entry for the Oscars. 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."
Now the news of 'Gully Boy' not being shortlisted for the 92nd Academy Awards might be disheartening for the makers but we have to say that it is definitely not an easy competition there. Here is the list of 10 shortlisted movies:
The ceremony will be held on February 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood. Wishing all these wonderful movies best of luck!