Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt’s Gully Boy has been named as India’s official entry to Oscars 2020. Directed by Zoya Akhtar, Gully Boy chronicled the story of Mumbai’s street rappers and was said to loosely based on rapper Naezy’s life. The movie, which released commercially across the country in February this year, also features Alia Bhatt, Vijay Raaz, Kalki Koechlin, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Vijay Varma and Amruta Subhash.
If nominated, the film will complete in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 92nd Academy Awards. As per reports, Ayushmann Khurrana’s AndhaDhun, Article 15, Badhaai Ho, Varun Dhawan’s Badla, among others were competing with Gully Boy for the nomination.
Released in February, the film received widespread praise from critics as well as the audience. It is among the top earners of 2019, having made Rs 238 crore worldwide.
Several countries have announced their official entries for the Academy Awards 2020 that will be held in February. Refugee family drama Antigone, by writer-director Sophie Deraspe, is Canada’s official entry for the International Feature Film category. The French language film is an adaptation of classic Greek play of the same name written by Sophocles.
The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on February 9, 2020 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, US.