Divine: Ranveer Singh is the best choice for Gully Boy
The super-energetic Ranveer Singh is a talented actor and with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat, the actor has proved his mettle with the role of the evil Alauddin Khilji. His next, Gully Boy, is based on the story of an Indian rapper, Vivian Fernandes a.k.a Divine. The rapper is positive that Ranveer is the best choice for the film. Divine also feels that director Zoya Akhtar will do a good job with the story.
Divine told MissKyra.com, "We were the first guys to spark the whole Hindi hip-hop scene, and there's a rapper in every gully now, which is all I wanted. Our story will finally be on the big screen, and Ranveer Singh is the right guy to do it. I have hung out with him a couple of times, chilled out. He's a great and talented guy, best choice for this film."
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He felt positive that Zoya was writing the movie. He said, "If you're writing a film about hip-hop, the most important thing is you should be a good writer. Zoya had come for one of our shows; that's how she discovered us. Then she visited the place where we lived and I was more than happy to chat with her and Reema (Kagti, a partner in scriptwriting) and tell them everything about the [hip-hop] scene. I don't know the story, but we're a part of the film and its music. We will be going on the sets, as the shooting has started. Hopefully, 'Gully Boy' mein bhi aayega kuchh hamara!"
Talking about his struggle in his earlier days, Divine said, "I discovered it at the age of 14, and by the time I reached college, it became my way of expressing my emotions, be it anger or happiness. I wrote my songs in English, but was thinking in Hindi, because I didn't know that we could do hip-hop in Hindi! At that time, there was no such thing happening in India. The place where I come from, the only way you can get a break is through TV or reality shows. You can't do consistent music, as it takes time to learn it."
"My mother works abroad, and my father has long been separated from the family, so I lived with my naani, and spent all my time with friends. They've always stuck with me, and would even stand behind me in my music videos, and that's what made it possible for me to put out song videos," he added.