In India, rap/hip-hop is a music genre which contains peppy beats along with endless bragging about extravagant wealth, women and cars. Perhaps, not for Mumbai based rapper-musician Vivian Fernandez who is better known as Divine.
Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt starrer Gully Boy that is based on the life of Mumbai-based rapper Divine will hit the theatres on 14 February 2019
Known for making hit rap singles including Jungli Sher, Ye Mera Bombay, Meri Gully Mein and more, Divine stood out for his real-life inspired lyrics and bold attitude. But as soon as filmmaker Zoya Akhtar announced an upcoming musical-drama Gully Boy, people started looking for the Real Gully Boy aka the inspiration behind Ranveer's character. The upcoming movie will be based on the life and struggle of Indian rapper Divine who was born and brought up in JB Nagar (an immensely poor locality), Mumbai.
Starring Ranveer Singh, Kalki Koechlin and Alia Bhatt, upcoming musical-drama is going to reveal the true face of Indian rap/hip-hop to the audience throughout the world. Scheduled for release on 14th February, Gully Boy is still a week away from hitting the theatres.
But before that let us introduce you to the real Gully Boy aka Indian rapper Divine who is on a conquest of changing the face of Indian hip-hop throughout the world:
Vivian Fernandez kept his stage name Divine during his childhood days because he used to do religious raps. Divine's grandma was a religious lady and used to take him to church whenever possible. Hence he started writing religious rap and got popular by the name, ‘Divine’.
Divine faced a lot of financial hardships in his childhood as his father was an alcoholic. The relationship between his parents was not good for obvious reasons and to maintain a financial balance, his mom started doing a job in the Middle East. Divine used the money she used to send to get a house in Sahar Slums but his father sold that house too. He gave half of the money to Divine and his brother and got out of their life.
Divine and Rap
Divine's first counter with rapping was when he saw one of his friend wearing a T-Shirt with a pic of 50 Cent. When he asked him about it, his friend told him about 50 Cent, Eminem and Dr Dre and gave him a collection of their raps. He initially didn't understand the lyrics of their raps and therefore he started learning English. This was a great turn in the life of Divine as rapping entered in his life from here.
Indian rapper Divine created history and made every Indian proud by attending BBC Asian Network's segment Fire In The Booth. Divine sung a Hindi rap for the first time in front of International audience. He had to sing on unknown beats there and ended up really impressing the people with his energy. With his hard-hitting lyrics and never-back-down attitude won him a million of hearts during his first international live performance.
The founder of Gully Gang and the inspiration behind Zoya Akhtar directorial upcoming movie Gully Boy, Divine is currently working on multiple projects involving Hindi rap and Indie music.
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