Ranveer Singh likely to play a street rapper in Zoya Akhtar’s next

Ranveer Singh is almost confirmed for filmmaker Zoya Akhtar’s next. Reportedly the film has been inspired by the life of rapper Naezy. The forthcoming project, rumoured to be titled Gully Boy, is about the lives of street rappers from Mumbai’s chawls and ghettos, including artists Naezy and Divine.

The rapper Naezy told PTI that Ranveer Singh will play a rapper. “He is doing the film, it is almost confirmed. But still there are few things which are yet to be finalised, writing is underway. 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 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,” he said.

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Zoya also saw the live performance of the artists to get a better insight, and Naezy says the rappers on their part gave her inputs. “She is a very intelligent director. She has thought of making something on this, so it’s good. The biggest misconception regarding hip-hop will be removed and it will also help the underground scene to reach mainstream,” he said.

Naezy was speaking at the Rolling With music-and-conversation initiative by Twitter India in partnership with Rolling Stone.

Both the artistes, through their rap, touch on several issues like police brutality, crime, corruption, and everyday struggles. 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.

According to Divine, the digital space has played a huge role in bringing them into limelight. “I have interacted with Ranveer through Twitter. He heard ‘Meri Gully Mein’. He knows the hip-hop scene and loves it. I don’t know if he is acting in the film, but if he does then, ‘wow’,” Divine said.

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