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  • Ironically, the music of the streets has found mainstream recognition only after two top stars decided to incorporate it in Gully boy.Why?
  • Why Ranveer Singh’s Murad had been brown-faced to fit into the milieu in Gully Boy?
  • You say that all your films have been drawn from personal experiences. How about Dil Dhadakne Do’s dysfunctional family?
  • Your characters seem to discover themselves only after they step out of their familiar universe. Why?
  • Why is travel so important for you and your characters?
  • Was it challenging to manage so many stars when you were all a captive unit?
  • One of the stand-out qualities of your films is your emphasis on cinematography and production design – such as the fine crockery in Luck By Chance and the perfectly coloured grains of rice at a dinner party in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara.
  • One of the stand-out qualities of your films is your emphasis on cinematography and production design – such as the fine crockery in Luck By Chance and the perfectly coloured grains of rice at a dinner party in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. How?
  • Some feel that you make films for only a certain set of people. What's your say?
  • You have co-directed a music video and worked as an assistant director, casting director and executive producer before making your own films. Which has been the most useful experience for you?
  • Was ‘Gully Boy’ a film that you had always been wanting to make, or did it have a specific starting point?
  • How much needed to be explained about the Indian rap scene in Gully Boy, which is not as familiar as other music scenes?
  • Gully Boy has been shot on mostly real locations. What was your brief to the production designer?
  • You’ve watched Ranveer from his Dil Dhadakne Do days. What would you say about his growth as an actor?
  • What you say about Alia?
  • And who is the apple of Javed Akhtar's eye; you or Farhan?
  • There was also talk of similarities between Gully Boy and Eminem’s 8 Mile (2002). Do you see it as unfortunate?
  • Who is your favorite filmmaker among Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap and Dibakar Banerjee?
  • Any memorable reactions that’s going to be stuck in your head for a long time?
  • Any memorable reactions that’s going to be stuck in your head for a long time?
  • What made you curious about and how did you discover the entire rap and hip hop scene in Mumbai’s gullys, slums and chawls?
  • Looking back what was the most challenging aspect about making Gully Boy - was getting the whole sub culture right without hitting a false note a large part of it?
  • When it came to casting, was Ranveer an easy choice since you’ve already worked with him, he’s sale-able and he’s already quite into the rap and hip hop scene?
  • You’ve worked with Alia Bhatt for the first time, what’s the one special trait that you find in her as an actress that sort of sets her apart?
  • From where the impetus for Gully boy came?
  • How was the general audience reaction for Gully boy in Berlin been?
  • From Luck by Chance to Dil Dhadakne Do, your canvas and your cast have only become bigger. What's your say?
  • One of the things that stood out are the characters of Gully Boy― they all feel like they’ve had a lived experience of a life in ghettos. What was that process like?
  • You have been unfairly criticized as a chronicler of posh pain. Do you feel with Gully Boy, that criticism will finally stop?
  • As someone who comes from a place of enormous privilege what are the risks you take while examining socio-economic oppression? It is a slippery slope and it could easily become poverty-porn. How do you avoid such trappings?
  • As a director it must be a joy to work with actors who just get what you want out of them?
  • How much of ‘Gully Boy’ was improvised?
  • What was it about Naezy’s ‘Aafat’ video that kept you hooked?
  • What is your experience of working with Zoya Akhtar?
  • How much does the digital medium excite you?
  • You're playing the character of a nurse in Ghost Stories who also has a very glamorous side. which side of her character was more fun?
  • How have you prepared for the role of nurse?
  • Have you ever faced any spooky incident in your life?
  • Does Zoya Akhtar has has a certain kind of genre in mind while writing scripts?
  • How would you compare "Ghost Stories" with other short films?
  • How do you feel about "Gully Boy" not making in the Top 10 list of the Oscar?
  • What is your movie "Gully Boy" all about?
  • Are you planning any sequel of Gully Boy?
  • What kind of films you are planning next?
  • How do you feel about your film "Gully Boy" couldn’t make it to the Oscars?

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