EXCLUSIVE: Zoya Akhtar on Gully Boy's Oscar nomination: Overwhelmed with the response; It's crazy

On Saturday evening, Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy was announced as India's official entry to the Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category. Read on to know what she has to say.
Inspired from the lives of Mumbai-based rappers Naezy and Divine, Gully Boy released in February this year and created a stir at the box office.
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A flurry of excitement and emotions was witnessed across the film industry on Saturday evening as Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy was announced as India's official entry to the Oscars in the Best International Feature Film category. The prestigious Academy Awards which receives the best of cinema from across the world will witness Zoya's magic along with some stellar performances from Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Vijay Raaz among others. From celebrities to movie buffs, all were praise for the talented team and congratulated them on social media.

Speaking about her nomination exclusively to Pinkvilla, Zoya admitted that it's all been a little 'crazy'. "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." Just a few days ago, Zoya's Lust Stories received an Emmy nomination and the director is obviously ecstatic about the news. "It's crazy to receive such news days after Lust Stories received a nomination for the Emmys," she said.  

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Inspired from the lives of Mumbai-based rappers Naezy and Divine, Gully Boy released in February this year and created a stir at the box office. Featuring local musicians and music from the streets, the film struck a chord with many and introduced the masses to the lesser-known world of Mumbai's hip-hop scene. Ranveer Singh as Murad, Siddhant Chaturvedi as MC Sher and Alia as Safeena received praises from all quarters for their extraordinary performances. 

The 92nd Academy Awards are slated to be held in February 2020. 

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