Rapper Naezy and Zoya Akhtar  |  Photo Credit: Instagram
Zoya Akhtar’s next film, Gully Boy might have generated a positive buzz already but the filmmaker’s recent statement about the original Gully Boys, the rappers Naezy and Divine, with whom the filmmakers have worked on the intricacies of the film and taken inspiration for their story, hasn’t gone down too well with the netizens.
The filmmaker, in an interview with Mid-day, labeled both Naezy and Divine as “hardcore feminists” but the statements that followed the remark triggered a backlash on Twitter. Zoya was quoted as saying, “I don’t think they know the word. But it’s in the way they talk about women, and also in the way they don’t talk about them. There is also no cynicism in them, and they are all about making a change.”
It all started when Naezy himself took to Twitter and wrote, “We are hardcore feminists and we don’t know the word. Okay.”
Soon after his tweet, several Twitter users jumped in the rappers’ defense. While a user was of the view that the industry thinks rappers are uneducated, another one called it “patronizing” on the Akhtar’s part. While a few others defended Akhtar saying she didn’t mean it that way.
But after the backlash, Naezy took to Twitter to clear the air and said that she meant that they don’t label it but their actions and works speak of feminism. He tweeted, “I think what she meant is that we don’t label it as feminists or feminism but it shows in our words and actions. She knows us very well, I think we’re good.”
Gully Boy, starring Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh and Kalki Koechlin in key roles, is slated to release on Valentine’s Day this Friday. After its world premiere at Berlinale, the internet is going gaga over the film and how! From hailing the film as Ranveer’s career best to showering praise on Alia for her performance – the reviews are all positive!