It is a momentous occasion when an Indian film bags an award at an International film festival. And that’s exactly what happened with ‘Gully Boy’, which was declared the Best Film at the 10th edition of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
Zoya Akhtar spoke about Gully Boy winning the award-
I am so excited. I am not going to forget this evening. This is my first award in the capacity of a producer. Gully Boy was our first production. This is a good start. No one makes a movie alone and this wouldn’t be possible without my producers, my co-writer, my incredible actors and every member of my cast and crew. 54 invincible artists worked on this album. I owe this night to all of them.
It has indeed been a splendid year for Zoya Akhtar’s production banner Excel Entertainment. Apart from Gully Boy, the banner saw the release of web series Made In Heaven. Another series that did well among audiences was Inside Edge.
Gully Boy released on February 14, 2019. Inspired by the life of hip-hop and rap sensations Divine and Naezy, the film had Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt as its lead pair. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, also later winning an award in the Best Asian Film category at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.