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Ranveer Singh is the best choice for Gully Boy, says rapper Divine

After playing Sultan Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat, actor Ranveer Singh is doing a diametrically different role in the upcoming film, Gully Boy — his character of a rapper is ‘inspired’ by the real-life rapper, Divine.

bollywood Updated: Jan 30, 2018 19:19 IST
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Vivian Fernandes a.k.a Divine, who spent his youth in a Mumbai slum, now has fame, fans, and a music deal.

Even as his performance as Sultan Alauddin Khilji in Padmaavat continues to be talked about, actor Ranveer Singh has started shooting for his next film, Gully Boy, directed by Zoya Akhtar. For this film, he steps into the shoes of a rapper, one who starts his journey from the slums of Mumbai.

What many people might not know is that Ranveer is playing a character ‘inspired’ by the real-life rapper, Vivian Fernandes a.k.a Divine.

Divine, whose song Mere Gully Mein currently has over 3 million views on YouTube, reveals that he was into hip-hop from a young age. “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,” says Divine, whose youth was spent in the JB Nagar slum of Mumbai. “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.”

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“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,” adds Divine.

His song, Yeh Mera Bombay, went viral in 2014, and soon he was signed on by a major music label. His success story prompted Zoya to make a film inspired by him and his group, popularly called the Gully Gang.

Divine reveals, “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.”

All praise for Zoya, he reveals, “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, 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!”

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First Published: Jan 30, 2018 19:16 IST