I am born to do Gully Boy: Ranveer Singh

Ranveer Singh on 'Gully Boy': I would have been jealous if anybody else got this role Photograph:( WION )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 09, 2019, 07.06 PM (IST)

Actor Ranveer Singh, who is seen as a street rapper in his upcoming film 'Gully Boy', says he was born to do the coming-of-age musical film.

Ranveer spoke at the trailer launch of 'Gully Boy' along with his co-star Alia Bhatt, the film's director Zoya Akhtar and producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani in Mumbai on Wednesday.

In the film, the actor plays the role of a street rapper who dreams big.

In real life, Ranveer Singh has had a brush with rapping himself. He did a bit of rapping in the title track of his second film 'Ladies vs Ricky Bahl'.

"When somebody told me about the script of 'Gully Boy', I told them that it is my film. If any other actor would have been a part of this film instead of me then I would have got burnt with jealousy. I was born to do `Gully Boy` and I knew only I can pull off this character."

Ranveer said the movie is special for him for many reasons. "It's a coming together of too many things that are very dear to me. It has rap, hip-hop music which I loved since I was a kid and it is set in my motherland Mumbai."

While sharing his experience of working with the film's cast and crew, Ranveer said: "Working with Zoya (Akhtar) was an amazing experience. She is really more than a director to me. She is my friend and confidante. She is so special to me in my life as a person more than a director. This film's producer Ritesh is like family to me. We go way back and our parents go way back. Farhan (Akhtar) is a creative force of nature who I have tremendous admiration for. I have been fielding for him to direct me since eight years now. Hopefully, he will consider me someday. I really don't know what to say about Alia (Bhatt). I don't know how she happened to us. We are lucky that we have an actor like Alia Bhatt as a part of our cinema."

When Zoya was asked how she managed to work with Ranveer in the film, she said: "He is a method actor. If he has to rap for a day, then he will rap for the whole day.''

"When I was editing `Dil Dhadkne Do` in 2014, that time my editor Anand Subaya actually showed me a video of an artiste called Naezy who was like 21 years of age and he had put a song called `Aafat`. That`s the first time I saw a real and authentic rap what now is called as Gully Rap. It`s just stuck in my head and from that moment, till now, it`s just took me on a journey to make this film," says Zoya.

'Gully Boy' also features Vijay Raaz, Amruta Subhash and Siddhant Chaturvedi in key roles.

Produced by Tiger Baby Productions and Excel Entertainment, the movie is slated to release on February 14.