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We just hope to live up to 'Gully Boy' buzz: Zoya Akhtar

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

says the buzz around her film "Gully Boy", which had its world premiere at the International Film Festival, has been beyond expectations and now she hopes to live up to the hype surrounding the Ranveer Singh-Alia Bhatt starrer.

The reviews after the packed premiere have been welcoming for the film, which revolves around an up and coming from a slum.

"It was a crazy experience. It was an 1800 seater and the screen must have been 70-80 feet. I have never seen my film projected on such a large screen. From the beginning, they were clapping at entries, whistling through songs, gasping at things that upset them and completely silent in the serious moments. It was a very emotional moment and complete joy," Zoya told in an interview.

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Festival shared on that he had never seen such a response for any movie at Berlinale in past two decades.

"Watched the world premiere tonight in a packed house with @RanveerOfficial, @aliaa08 & @ZoyaAkhtarOff present. Biggest cheers I've heard in 20+ years at the Berlinale," he wrote alongside a picture of Ranveer meeting the audience post the premiere.

Ranveer performed an energetic rap on film's track "Apna Time Aayega" at the screening and had a "memorable" night.

The film has become one of the most anticipated projects in 2019, something that Zoya, known for such as "Luck By Chance", "Zindagi Milegi Na Dobara" and "Dil Dhadkane Do", did not anticipate.

"I knew that it will get certain attention because there is Ranveer and Alia in the film and my film is coming after three years. But I did not expect the buzz to be this much. We just hope we live up to it now," she added.

"Gully Boy", produced by and Farhan Akhtar, also stars Kalki Koechlin, and It will release on February 14.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 19:25 IST