Javed Akhtar’s Skepticism: Unveiling Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy Journey

In a recent interview with Aaj Tak, Javed Akhtar opened up about his initial skepticism regarding Zoya Akhtar’s ability to direct Gully Boy, a critically acclaimed film inspired by the lives of Indian street rappers Divine and Naezy.

The Skepticism

"Explore Javed Akhtar's initial doubts as he reflects on Zoya Akhtar directing Gully Boy. A behind-the-scenes revelation of transformation and filmmaking brilliance."

Javed Akhtar, a proud father, revealed that he harbored doubts about Zoya’s capability during the film’s production. He expressed his skepticism, questioning how someone living a privileged life in Bandstand, holidaying in London, America, and Hong Kong, could authentically capture the essence of the slums portrayed in the film.

The Turning Point

Despite his doubts, Javed Akhtar admitted that his perspective changed when he watched Gully Boy. The film’s portrayal of slum life and the intricate relationships between characters convinced him that Zoya had successfully immersed herself in the subject matter.

Praising Zoya Akhtar

Acknowledging his daughter’s talent, Javed Akhtar praised Zoya for bringing a unique dimension to her characters. He emphasized that Zoya’s characters not only serve the narrative but also possess a ‘third dimension,’ making them feel like living, breathing individuals.

Looking Ahead

Javed Akhtar shared insights into Zoya’s upcoming project, The Archies, starring Suhana Khan, Khushi Kapoor, and others. He expressed confidence that Zoya’s ability to breathe life into characters would continue to shine in her future endeavors.

Despite initial doubts, Javed Akhtar’s skepticism turned into admiration as he witnessed Zoya Akhtar’s directorial prowess in Gully Boy. The interview offers a glimpse into the creative journey that unfolded behind the scenes, showcasing the depth and authenticity Zoya brought to her work.

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