Zoya Akhtar’s next film, Gully Boy, is about a rapper in Mumbai

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Zoya Akhtar doesn’t say whether Ranveer Singh is playing the lead in the film.

Filmmaker Zoya Akhtar’s next project is a movie based on a Mumbai rapper. She did not comment on reports that actor Ranveer Singh will be doing the lead in the film titled Gully Boy though reports that he will be playing the role of the rapper.

Akthar said it is a ‘film about a rapper based in Mumbai. But beyond that I can’t say anything. Nothing is locked. Things need to get set before we announce.’

When asked whether she is looking for an A-lister or a newcomer, the director said, “Options are endless. You can take the film any which way you want. But these are things I can’t talk about unless we announce.”

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Zoya, 43, has made films like Luck By Chance, Dil Dhadakne Do and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara besides directing a segment in Bombay Talkies.

“I’ve also made Luck by Chance and Bombay talkies which were set in Mumbai. I am a Mumbai girl. I am born and bred in this city. Every story is a challenge with their own parameters, limitations and challenges,” she added.

There was some criticism about the focus on rich people in Dil Dhadakne Do but Zoya says her upcoming story is not a reply to her critics. She says her film is not made to silence or retaliate her critics. “A film is two three years of my life. I am going to make a movie which excites me, I am not here to make a point,” she said. – CINEWS

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