Zoya Akhtar's Gully Boy, co-starring Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh, released in February this year. The film opened to rave reviews and went on to leave cash registers ringing at the box office. While Ranveer's Murad and Alia's Safeena were the primary leads, the makers etched out character graphs so well that even the characters, who wouldn't have been in the lead, got much-deserving screen time and space in the story.
Of the many interesting characters from the film, the one that has stayed and perhaps impacted viewers, is that of Murad's mentor and rapper MC Sher. The character in itself was a strong one but it was Siddhant Chaturvedi's impeccable performance that made it what it turned out to be. Soon after the film, the internet was sure to have found its breakout performer of the year in Siddhant.
While his social media fan following increased by leaps and bounds, the actor was also lauded and appreciated by industry stalwarts including Amitabh Bachchan, who'd sent him a hand-written letter of appreciation along with a bouquet of flowers.
It seems like the makers of Gully Boy are now set to delve deep in the story of Siddhant Chaturvedi's MC Sher. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, Zoya and Ritesh Sidhwani are planning to helm a spin-off, solely based on the story of Sher.
The report states that the film will trace MC Sher's rise as a hero and will give makers yet another chance to bring new aspects of the hip hop culture to the big screen. A source has been quoted as saying,
“The film is entirely based on Siddhant’s character and traces MC Sher’s journey to becoming a hero. This will also give the makers a chance to delve deeper into the hip hop culture and you can expect many engaging rap battles.”
Earlier, Zoya Akhtar also hinted during a media interaction that she is indeed planning a sequel to Gully Boy and if this spinoff film comes to life then without any doubt it will add another feather to Siddhant Chaturvedi’s acting career.
Gully Boy not just brought to celluloid the existing and elaborate world of hip hop culture but also gave cinephiles a gem to remember. It was as much a story of human complexities and relationships as it was an underdog story.