Actress Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel has now become synonymous with controversy. If you see her name in a headline, then, more often than not, she has bad-mouthed a celebrity. This time, she has taken an unsolicited dig at Zoya Akhtar's critically acclaimed movie Gully Boy.
Kangana's sister took to Twitter to gloat the omission of the movie from the shortlist of films selected to compete for the Best International Film Oscar, which was announced on Monday. She wrote, "This film is based on Hollywood film 8 Mile, yahan ke movie mafia chatukar critics ke chaatne se kya hota hai (who cares about what sell-out critics have to say about the film?), it’s not original content like Uri and Manikarnika, why Hollywood will give award to a film which is copied from their film?”
This film is based on Hollywood film 8 Mile, yahan ke movie mafia chatukar critics ke chaatne se kya hota hai, it’s not original content like Uri and Manikarnika, why Hollywood will give award to a film which is copied from their film ? pic.twitter.com/vSVeVHVaUB— Rangoli Chandel (@Rangoli_A) December 17, 2019
While it may have its similarities with 8 Mile, Gully Boy was inspired by the real-life stories of two Indian rappers- Divine and Naezy. Netizens ROFLed hard at the mention of Manikarnika as 'original content'. The film, which is based on the life of Indian legend Rani Lakshmi Bai has been made and remade a plethora of times in the history of Indian cinema. Her story is widely popular and also finds its way in the Indian school curriculum. So, nothing new here Mrs. Chandel.
Lmao Manikarnika is literally a biopic. It's literally a movie about stuff that has happened, hundreds of books and movies have been made about Rani Laxmi Bai. If anything it's the most unoriginal movie.— Saket Manolkar (@SaketManolkar) December 17, 2019
Or manikarnika to bahut original content h...m bachpan se ab tak rani ke jeevan par kam se kam tv par 4-5 alag alag tv serials dekh chuka hu...or vo tumhari bahan ki banayi hui movie se kai guna behtar the...— RationalIndian 🇮🇳 (@Rationalkick) December 17, 2019
Kangana as Manikarnika did a great job as an actor, just like Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Kalki Koechlin, and Vijay Varma did exceptional work in Gully Boy.
Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Gully Boy was a major box office hit and made a gross worldwide collection of Rs 238.4 crore. The film is an inspiring story about a street rapper named Murad (played by Ranveer Singh) who rises from the slums of Mumbai and creates a name for himself in the underground rap scene based on pure talent.
The 10 films that have been shortlisted for an Oscar are The Painted Bird (Czech Republic), Truth and Justice (Estonia), Les Misérables (France), Those Who Remained (Hungary), Honeyland (North Macedonia), Corpus Christi (Poland), Beanpole (Russia), Atlantics (Senegal), Parasite (South Korea) and Pain & Glory (Spain).
Nevertheless, it was a proud moment for the Gully Boy team and Indian cinema alike.
The Ranaut sisters have never been fans of the movie. Earlier in an interview, Kangana had slammed Alia Bhatt for her acting in the movie. She’d said, “I am embarrassed...What is there to beat in Gully Boy performance ....same snappy muh phat girl... Bollywood’s idea of a fiery girl, woman empowerment and good acting, spare me this embarrassment, please. Media have taken filmy kids love too far. Stop pampering mediocre work or else bar will never be raised.”
On an unrelated note, does anyone remember Katti Batti?