Gully Life: Behind the scenes of the compelling new documentary that traces the rise of DIVINE

At the latest press screening of Red Bull Media’s new documentary Gully Life, its topic — rapper Vivian Fernandes aka DIVINE — walked into the venue nearly nonchalantly, although he was among the many most awaited people within the room. He discovered a nook amongst his crew and because the screening progressed, Mumbai rappers equivalent to Ace and others flowed in.

Together, they have been the one ones within the room who’re cheering, hooting and laughing loudly on the footage — friendship is paramount to DIVINE, a rapper who’s spent greater than a decade constructing his picture and music to discover a place in Indian mainstream tradition’s consciousness. Now he has Gully Gang Entertainment, the document label and firm which can also be a part of the presenting crew for Gully Life: The Story of Divine. He stated in a post-screening interview, “I don’t look at myself as a boss in this company or anything. Gully Gang Entertainment is family more than a record label.”

Even the story that Gully Life — made by Mumbai digital content material firm Supari Studios’ co-founder and director Akshat Gupt — weaves out and in of household and private tales extra than simply the standard spiel about doing one thing for hip-hop in India. The rapper, who was concerned in seeing the documentary because it took form, says, “What was interesting is that I never thought it would be this as a whole. I looked at it as, ‘Maybe they’ll show the music part of things’. But they showed more of my life. Sixty percent is about my life and 40 percent is the music.”

Vivian Fernandes aka DIVINE is the topic of a brand new documentary, Gully Life

As one fellow scenester advised me, by the tip of the 50-odd minute documentary, the components that resonate most are these pertaining to DIVINE’s private life. It’s not nearly how he can wisecrack about all his pals as he introduces them whereas getting a haircut, but additionally how he talks about his mom — a pal and pillar of assist via a few years. Animated segues — maybe within the fashion of Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck — present DIVINE’s formative years as one spent with a father who mistreated him and a grandmother who lovingly cared for him whilst he waits for the day he can convey his mom again to reside with him.

So when DIVINE says “Mein mere Maa ke liye jee raha hoon” in “Farak” (which has over 24 million views since its launch in 2017), he actually means it. Filmmaker Akshat  Gupt says, “I really identify with the fact that he’s close to his mother and he values his relationships. I was also bought up by a single mother, so I was taught to value the relationships, because you’ve already lost a couple. I think that’s really helped him stay grounded.”

With greater than a yr’s video footage of travelling with DIVINE to his exhibits, together with his personal Gully Fest and hiring a digicam crew in Canada when Gupt’s visa was rejected, Gully Life packs in loads. If there are any obvious omissions — like collaborator and singer-rapper Raja Kumari, who featured him on her tune “City Slums” — it’s in all probability as a result of the rapper and his crew didn’t need it in there. Raja Kumari makes a short look in some behind-the-scenes footage, however there’s barely any point out of the once-close musicians.

What are maybe stunning inclusions are comedy collective Tadpatri Talkies’ rappers Sidharth Raveendran (Gari-B) and Anmol Gawand (EMF/Bad Boy Bandya) — who actually profited off of parodying the ridiculousness of desi hip-hop, after which some. The first to seem on display screen to speak about DIVINE, nevertheless, are actor Ranveer Singh and director Zoya Akhtar, whom the rapper labored with for hip-hop biopic Gully Boy. While each DIVINE and rapper Naezy haven’t precisely grow to be pally with Bollywood following the discharge of the movie, Gupt did deliberately wish to put Bollywood up first when it got here to an outsider opinion of DIVINE.

Gupt says, “I really feel such as you nonetheless want to make use of popular culture and Bollywood to get individuals’s consideration. Today, they’re family names due to Gully Boy, whether or not you prefer it or not. They’ve taken them to the mainstream, to the eyeballs. I needed to do this, to indicate that they’ve taken discover and are talking for him, which implies it is best to concentrate too. I don’t assume it’s dangerous. I feel if there are well-known individuals and artists who’re prepared to offer them a voice, why not?”

As for the rapper, he maintains that none of his strikes are made and none of his recommendation comes from contained in the music trade. “I don’t go out and ask for advice because whoever I am and whatever I have done is solely because of my family, friends and myself,” he says.

Gully Life: The Story of Divine aired on Discovery channel on 1 July, and can obtain its digital launch on Red Bull TV on 15 July. Watch the trailer right here:


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