“Asli Hip Hop se milaye Hindustan ko,” Ranveer Singh raps in the ‘Asli Hip Hop’ trailer announcement for Gully Boy, standing in front of a crowd and hyping them up.
This may seem like a new concept for Bollywood: the story of a rapper who is from “the streets,” which in this case in Mumbai ki galiyaan, and is pictured the same way – low-income housing, crowded-streets, ordinary people, and constantly shot with hues of blue and red.
And, while, Ranveer Singh may be getting all the praise for rapping this ‘Asli Hip Hop’ tune and for being able to portray all kinds of ‘versatile’ characters, but social media has also pointed out how all of this may be new for Bollywood – it looks like a somewhat rip-off of Eminem’s story, 8 Mile. If you’ve not seen 8 Mile, the film is loosely based on American rapper Eminem’s actual upbringing, of how he went from poverty-stricken streets to become one of the top rappers in the industry.
Gully Boy, which literally translates to ‘Boy from the street’ has eerie similarities to the 8 Mile, including a shot of him hyping up a crowd in a dimly-lit nightclub, being almost identical.
See the similarities?
Twitter also seemed to have caught up on it.
I totally appreciate the fact that they are making movie on some real artists life, but can you please stop copying ? Many scenes are rip off from Eminem’s movie 8-mile 🙄#GullyBoy #GullyBoyTrailer #GullyBoyTeaser https://t.co/K8cIaC4XKc
— Kartikay (@RavanPrideMax) January 4, 2019
I really like ranveer singh but #GullyBoy seems like a rip off of 8 mile.
— 2019 sucks (@Iam_tee_) January 4, 2019
As exciting and raw as #GullyBoy looks, I’m really hoping the makers are true to the ‘street’ aesthetic that @VivianDivine and @NaezyTheBaA represent. Last thing I want to see is a glorified 8 Mile rip-off where Detroit is replaced with Dharavi to please the masses.
— Jackie J. Thakkar (@Juvenile_Jack) January 4, 2019
So we’re getting a Hindi version of 8 MILE ..looks good though..#GullyBoy
— Rohan Gupta (@Rohaan49) January 4, 2019
— highflyer 🇮🇳 (@healingnano) January 4, 2019
— Neelargho Ray (@neelarbro) January 4, 2019
— Sahhil Tanwer (@SahhilTanwer) January 4, 2019
Sasta Eminem…hope its not an 8 mile rip off..
— Vikram Reddy (@Vikfooty) January 4, 2019
To me #GullyBoy looks like a copy of EMINEM’S movie 8 MILE .
— Rahul Kr. Sr. (@BiharKaLal) January 4, 2019
Whether the actual movie will be too similar to 8-mile, will have to be just speculation till the trailer releases on 9th January.