Bombay Velvet to hit screens on May 15

Ranbir Kapoor

 Bombay Velvet, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar, is set in the 1960s and is a large screen adaptation of Gyan Prakash’s “Mumbai Fables”

“Bombay Velvet,” the most anticipated film of 2015, will hit the screens May 15, 2015. Directed by Anurag Kashyap, the romantic thriller stars Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Karan Johar in key roles.  “We are all gearing up for the release of ‘Bombay Velvet.’ The film is produced by Phantom Films and presented by Fox Star Studios.

“‘Bombay Velvet’ is a very special film, a beautiful love story set against the rise of Bombay. It’s authentic, good cinema with amazing performances by Ranbir, Anushka and Karan,” Vijay Singh, CEO, Fox Star Studios, said in a statement.

Bringing back the old world charm of the ‘Bombay’ of the 1960s in “Bombay Velvet” turned out to be a Herculean task for director Anurag Kashyap, who had to source props and materials from various countries.

The idea was to add authenticity to the film.

“Kashyap was very specific with his requirements, so the production team went to great lengths to ensure that original materials were sourced from Germany, Britain and Turkey,” spokesperson of the film said in the statement.

The film, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma, is set in the 1960s and is a large screen adaptation of Gyan Prakash’s “Mumbai Fables”.

The filmmaker has ensured that everything in the film is in sync with the 1960s, and so, he had specific equipment for particular scenes. The guns were sourced from Germany, while bullets were brought from Turkey. The motion controller and blood capsules used in the film were called from Britain, read a statement.

Jointly produced by Phantom Films and Fox Star India, the film is set for release on May 15.

KJO as a Villain

Filmmaker Karan Johar, who is foraying into acting with the “Bombay Velvet”, is “nervous” and “stressed out” about how his negative character in the film will be accepted by the audience.

In the romantic thriller, KJo plays a villain called Kaizad Khambatta, who has a flamboyant character.

“I am really nervous about it because it’s my first foray into acting,” the filmmaker, who did a small role in Yash Raj Films “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, said.

“I am really stressed out about how it is going to be accepted when it is out,” he added.

Although, the stylish filmmaker wears black normally, he was made to wear all colours in the film. And he could not throw tantrums even courtesy “Bombay Velvet” director Anurag Kashyap. He feels Kashyap is “a person you can’t hold tantrums with”.

“I wear lot of black but I have worn all kinds of colours in the film. I just kept my mouth shut because I felt that as an actor I can’t have the perspective because I have to follow the vision of the filmmaker, and that’s what I want from the actors myself,” said Johar, who was present at the cover launch of Filmfare’s Glamour & Style Issue.

“I couldn’t throw tantrums on the sets and Anurag is somebody you can’t hold tantrums with because he has a clear vision,” he added.

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