Three days before Zoya Akhtar‘s directorial Gully Boy hits cinema screens across the nation, lead actor Ranveer Singh dropped the new track from the movie on Monday, which had already created hype for its hook line, “Azadi! Hum le ke rahenge, Azadi! Tum kuch bhi kar lo, Azadi!” (Freedom! We will surely take it, freedom! Do whatever you want, freedom!)
Even before the song, crooned by Mumbai’s underground rappers Divine and Dub Sharma, was out, political parties like BJP and Congress had tapped it into their advertisements for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, knowing that it was already raging among the Indian youth ever since the teaser was out. Featuring Alia Bhatt, Kalki Koechlin and Siddhant Chaturvedi alongside Ranveer in the song, the track is hands down a hard-hitting one, demanding freedom from corruption, injustice and discrimination and highlights the rebellious, carefree and bold character of Murad, the role that Ranveer essays in the movie, and gives glimpses of his journey, coursing through his struggles and the subsequent rise.
“Azadi questions every corrupt and intolerant system. This song is about the unjust and unfair things all of us see around us every day,” composer Dub Sharma told IANS.
The video has already garnered close to 30 lakh views on YouTube, ever since it released on Monday and is still raging among fans who can’t get enough of the relatable lyrics that convey their angst. It has reportedly been picked up from former JNU Students Union president, Kanhaiya Kumar’s arousing speech after he was released from jail in 2016 post the JNU controversy where student leaders like Umar Khalid were seen singing this as their protest chant, seeking freedom (Azadi) against all social evils like corruption and patriarchy. In a very sanitised version, the song made its way into the Gully Boy album.
Dripping with street rap essence, the song has been composed, sung and written by Dub Sharma and Divine with backing vocals from Ankur Tewari, with visuals of Ranveer as Murad, carjacking vehicles in lieu of the domestic abuse he faces at home and his romance with on-screen girlfriend Alia and Kalki as spurts of escapism.
Slated to release in two days, on February 14, Gully Boy is bankrolled by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidwani’s Excel Entertainment.