Saif Ali Khan’s daughter set to debut in Zoya Akhtar’s musical

10 months after cruising through Dil Dhadkne Do, Zoya Akhtar had started prepping up for Gully Boy, a coming-of-age film inspired by two real-life rappers from Mumbai’s chawls, Rapper Divine and Rapper Naezy.A month later, it has been reported that Ranveer Singh would play one of the rappers. Now, we have learnt that Saif Ali Khan’s daughter, Sara, could make her debut with Zoya’s musical opposite Ranveer.

Ever since she completed her education at the Columbia University in the US, Sara was expected to follow in the footsteps of her parents, Saif and Amrita Singh, and grandmother Sharmila Tagore.At 23, the young fashionista is as much a head-turner as stepmom Kareena Kapoor. Initially, speculations were rife that she would make her debut as one of the students in Puneet Malhotra’s Student of the Year 2, alongside Tiger Shroff. But soon after, buzz was, she had opted out of the film because she would be contractually obliged to sign up with a certain talent management company.Soon after, there were talks of her giving the nod to the Bollywood remake of the Hollywood flick, Fault In Our Stars, opposite Shahid Kapoor’s brother Ishaan Khattar, before reports suggested she had pulled out of this one too. Seems even Gadar filmmaker, Anil Sharma, was keen on launching Sara opposite his son, Utkarsh, in his upcoming Genius. But it’s Zoya who could get lucky with the gor geous star kid.

“Both the producers, Farhan (Akhtar) and Ritesh (Sidhwani), along with Zoya, have been in talks with Sara for a while now and they are almost in the final stages of discussion.Gully Boys could well be her launching pad,” informed a source close to the development.

Zoya and Reema Kagti’s script reportedly draws from the works of politi cally incorrect rappers like Muck Fodi (Ashwini Mishra), Kolkata-based Vik Sen aka Feyago, Bangalore-based Brodha V aka Vighnesh Shivanand, BK from Tripura and of course, Divine and Naezy whom they has been hanging out with and who have contributed majorly to their musical jour ney. Rapper Divine aka Vivian Fernandes’s first song, ‘Yeh Mera Bombay’ was an ode to the Maximum City, fol lowed by ‘Meri Gully Main’, a take on Mumbai’s street life and `Jungli Sher’ on his struggles. The last video was directed by Vandana Kataria, the production designer of films like Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye! and Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!, and shot across 43 locations in Mumbai over four days and nights using an iPhone 6 and 6s.

Naved Shaikh aka Rapper Naezy quietly uploaded his debut track “Aafat” on YouTube, painting a fascinating picture of ‘thug life’ in the Kurla ghetto where he grew up and exploded on the Indian hiphop scene with his Urdu slang-inflected lyrics.

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