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Berlinale Special Gala

Gully Boy

Ritesh Sidhwani (Producer), Alia Bhatt (Actor), Ranveer Singh (Actor), Zoya Akhtar (Director, Screenwriter, Producer)

Moderation: Dorothee Wenner

Press Conference at full length
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Murad is 22 and lives in Dharavi, a slum in Mumbai. His poverty-stricken Muslim family are struggling to pay for his college education so that he can later secure an office job. His father, an unskilled chauffeur, has just brought a second wife into their home, which does not exactly decrease the tensions in this five-person household. Murad seeks comfort in marijuana, in self-penned angry hip-hop, and in his secret childhood sweetheart, Safeena, a doctor’s daughter who is proud to wear her white hijab. When Murad accidentally meets a well-known rapper who encourages him to expand his hobby, a whole new world opens up for him. Together with his friends, he begins producing his own songs in which he raps about his problems, as well as those of his generation and his country. He also talks about what it means to be poor and Muslim in India and about the fact that here, even your dreams are colonised. As he dives deeper and deeper into the world of music, Murad’s life changes – and so does his relationship to his family and to Safeena.
Bollywood meets hip-hop in Zoya Akhtar’s colourful but socially critical story about music and love.

Zoya Akhtar

India 2018


148’ · Colour

World premiere


Ranveer Singh (Murad)
Alia Bhatt (Safeena)
Siddhant Chaturvedi (Sher)
Kalki Koechlin (Sky)
Vijay Raaz (Shakir)
Amruta Subhash (Razia)


Zoya Akhtar
Reema Kagti, Zoya Akhtar
Jay Oza
Nitin Baid
Karsh Kale
Music Supervisor
Ankur Tewari
Sound Design
Ayush Ahuja
Production Design
Suzanne Caplan Merwanji
Arjun Bhasin, Poornamrita Singh
Natasha Nischol
Assistant Director
Luis Casacuberta Abril
Nandini Srikent
Production Manager
Tikaram Dhakal
Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar
Executive Producer
Stuti V Ramachandra


Zoya Akhtar

Born in 1972 to poet and screenwriter Javed Akhtar and actor and screenwriter Honey Irani, her multi-award-winning directing debut, Luck by Chance, was set in the world of the Bollywood film industry. With her second film, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011), she was one of the first women to bring a commercially successful film to Indian cinemas. She directed an episode in the portmanteau film Bombay Talkies that premiered at Cannes. It was followed by Dil Dhadakne Do, about a dysfunctional family. She has also created the series Made in Heaven for Amazon Prime which will be released in March 2019.


2009 Luck by Chance 2011 Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (Man lebt nur einmal) 2013 Bombay Talkies; co-directors: Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap 2015 Dil Dhadakne Do (Ozean der Träume - Dil Dhadakne Do) 2018 Lust Stories; co-directors: Dibakar Banerjee, Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap · Gully Boy

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Excel Entertainment

Tiger Baby

World Sales

C International Sales / Cinestaan Intl.